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Agricultural Science and Sustainability - BSc (Hons)

Course Code: LC465


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

Direct application to TUS for 2022

Course Type

Location

Thurles

The aim of this course is to produce graduates with knowledge and skills in agriculture with a focus on sustainability. While the course provides the students with a sound theoretical basis for understanding complex agricultural and environmental phenomena within a sustainable development context, its focus is on the practical application of knowledge and skills including agri‑business and on‑farm settings.

This course is offered in conjunction with Gurteen College and fulfils the requirement for Trained Farmer Status (Green Cert) (provisional). Students of this course will spend the semester 2 in year 1 and semester 1 of year 2 on the Gurteen College campus.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of two H5 and four O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

FETAC & Mature Applicants

Please refer to the ‘Entry Requirements’ section of the TUS handbook for further information.

Advanced Entry into year 2

Applicants presenting the full level 6 QQI/FET (FETAC) award in ‘Advanced Certificate in Agriculture’ that includes 3 distinctions in any of the three specialisations listed below will be considered for advanced entry requirements.  

  • Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management – Level 6
  • Advanced Certificate in Drystock Management – Level 6
  • Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops and Machinery) – Level 6

Download Undergraduate Advanced Entry Form 2022

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Semester 1 Modules

    Credits:

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    Family farming in Ireland, Introduction to Sustainable Development, Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, Introduction to Laboratory Practice and Measurement, Professional Skills in third Level.


    Title: Semester 2 Modules (Gurteen College)

    Credits:

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    Tillage Crop Husbandry, Animal Production, Soils and Peatland, Forestry, Farm Safety and Risk Assessment, Biology and Botany.


  • Year 2

    Title: Semester 1 Modules (Gurteen College)

    Credits:

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    Tillage Crop Management, Dairy Production Management, Beef and Sheep Production, Animal Breeding Strategies, Animal Welfare, Behaviour and QA Standards, Farm Business.


    Title: Semester 2 Modules (TUS Thurles)

    Credits:

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    The Irish Agri-Food Sector, Environment and Sustainable Development, Ecology, Farm Habitat Assessment, Farm Biodiversity Skills, Introduction to GIS and Surveying.


  • Year 3

    Title: Semester 1 Modules (TUS Thurles)

    Credits:

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    Grassland Management and NMP, Farm Management and Planning, Introduction to Environmental Impacts of Agriculture, GIS and Environmental Resources, Impacts of Agriculture on Water Quality.


    Title: Semester 2

    Credits:

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    Work Placement


  • Year 4

    Title: Semester 1 Modules

    Credits:

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    Agri-Environmental Policy and Key Issues, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Economy and Sustainable Development, EMS and Auditing, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Project Management Skills


    Title: Semester 2 Modules

    Credits:

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    Extension and Innovation, Advanced Soil Science, Carbon Management in Agriculture, Atmospheric Processes and Climate Change, Final Year Project.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates may pursue Masters or Ph.D. programmes in related disciplines in Ireland or abroad. 

What are the career prospects?

Graduates can avail of employment opportunities in agriculture, agri-food and environmental management. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of roles such as agricultural advisors, farm auditors, environmental officers/scientists with agribusinesses, the public sector and NGOs, or as researchers and consultants.

Graduates of the programme will achieve ‘Trained Farmer Status’ (Green Cert) (provisional).