Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview


The US $8 trillion agrifood sector is the largest contributor to economic development globally. In Ireland, the agrifood sector is a rapid-growth sector extensively providing food, employment and livelihoods.

The dynamic agrifood sector requires multidisciplinary skills to advance both agricultural productivity and sustainability, from production to consumption. This degree has a major focus on agricultural sustainability and innovation. Graduates will be equipped with practical multidisciplinary skills to pursue vibrant careers across all areas of agriculture and agrifood. To make a difference in the agrifood sector, you should choose this exciting new course.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e., Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Computer Science or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


Average intake

20-30 students

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

4 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline


• Key concepts in Agricultural Science and Agrifood Technology
• Biological and Chemical Sciences
• Sustainability and Business
This year is taught through lectures, labbased practical classes, interactive online assessments and AgSci tutorials and seminars.


• Rural Environments
• Animal Nutrition
• Agribiochemicals
• Agribiosciences
• Sustainability & Management
• Food Chemistry
• Agrigeography and Geographical Information Systems
• The practical Fieldwork and Skills Development module is a particularly important part of Year 2.


• Agrisciences for Global Development
• Soil Sciences
• Agrigenetics
• Forestry Systems
• Organic Farming
You will specialise further in your academic training and spend a semester on a work placement within a leading and dynamic agricultural or agrifood enterprise.


You will select from a range of tailored modules to provide you with the skills needed for your future career. These will support your Final Year Project Thesis, a 20 ECTS project within NUI Galway research groups (e.g, of the Ryan Institute) or a research placement at Teagasc or other leading agri-institutions in Ireland and globally. The taught 4th year module options include:

• Advanced Livestock Science
• Sustainable Grassland Systems
• Crop Science & Agronomy
• Crop Genetics
• Climate Change & Agriculture
• Agridevelopment
• Agriextension & Communications
• Agricultural Biotechnology
• Project & Financial Management & Structures
• Food Innovation Systems & Value Chains. 

Further Education

Graduates will be extremely well positioned to pursue postgraduate programs at Masters or PhD level. In particular, graduates will be eligible to pursue more specialised agri-related Masters degree programs at NUI Galway, including:

• MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (Taught)
• MSc in Agrifood Technology & Sustainability
• MSc in Agribiosciences (Structured Research)

As the largest Research Institute in NUI Galway, whose sustainability mission is focused on agriculture and bioeconomy, the Ryan Institute (www.ryaninstitute.ie) maintains a list of all available postgraduate programs in NUI Galway which can be of relevance to the graduates of the BSc Agricultural Sciences program at NUI Galway: www.nuigalway.ie/ryaninstitute/ postgraduateprograms/.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The NUI Galway BSc Agricultural Science degree is designed to meet the demand from agrifood employers in Ireland and globally for graduates with the interdisciplinary skills and depth of knowledge of the agrifood sector that can effect positive change within the institutions and in the sector. 

The top 1000 agrifood companies in Ireland are listed on: http://www.top1000. ie/industries/agribusiness. At the global level, agrifood companies feature very strongly in the Forbes 2000 list of the largest companies globally: https://www. forbes.com/global2000/#4cc0efed335d. In addition to careers in existing companies, graduates with interests in entrepreneurship and self-employment will be facilitated to pursue the establishment of their own enterprises. The NUI Galway BSc Agricultural Science degree has extensive contacts with public sector and NGO institutions that can also provide excellent career pathways for our graduates. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

In Year Three, students spend a semester on a work placement within a leading and dynamic agricultural or agrifood enterprise.

Study Abroad

The BSc Agricultural Science degree will encourage and facilitate study abroad opportunities for students as they arise and where they are high-quality and consistent with the mission and quality education outcomes mission of the BSc Agricultural Science degree at NUI Galway.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,408 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€22,666 p.a. 2021/22

Find out More

Professor Cathal O’Donoghue,
College of Science and Engineering
E: cathal.odonoghue@nuigalway.ie  

Professor Charles Spillane,
College of Science and Engineering 
E: charles.spillane@nuigalway.ie