Agricultural science is the application of science and business to the production of quality food. Agriculture is a huge growth industry, both in Ireland and internationally, and remains vital in the country's economic development.
Farmers, or indeed anyone interested in pursuing a career in agriculture today, need to apply scientific knowledge to farm management. This helps to ensure that the range of agricultural activities – environmental protection, food safety, animal welfare, the handling and operation of machinery – are considered in the context of animal and crop production.
A twelve-week work placement is a central feature of the course. As a third-year student, you take part in a structured period of work experience in a relevant setting. It’s while on placement that you see the value of your academic learning in a real-life working environment. Your placement lays the foundations of your personal career path. It’s all about developing skills, gaining knowledge and cultivating the attitude needed to build a rewarding career.
Modules are delivered at the Institute of Technology Tralee and Teagasc’s Clonakilty Agricultural College.