The growth and development of domestic farm animals, and animal behaviour and welfare.
At the core of Animal Science is the study of the applied sciences that are fundamental to understanding how animals function and that underpin the principles of livestock production. The degree will give you an appreciation of:
• Animal production systems and how the components are integrated and managed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner
• The livestock industry in Ireland, the context in which it operates and its relationship to animal industries in Europe and worldwide
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
4 Years Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
A ﬁve-month PWE placement takes place in third year and may be taken as a combination of on-farm, agribusiness and research center placements. Some of this may be taken abroad (e.g. USA and New Zealand). In addition, an opportunity exists to take a semester abroad. Possibilities include: University of Illinois, USA, Kansas State University, USA, University of Queensland, Australia, Michigan State University, USA, Purdue University, USA.
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
€ 25,600 p.a.
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- The degree will give you an appreciation of: The growth and development of domestic farm animals, and animal behaviour and welfare. Animal production systems and how the components are integrated and managed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner
- Some of this may be taken abroad (e.g. USA and New Zealand). In addition, an opportunity exists to take a trimester abroad.
- A range of opportunities exists, including: Animal feed industry, Procurement, processing and marketing of animal products, Education
- A ﬁve-month PWE placement takes place in third year and may be taken as a combination of on-farm, agribusiness and research centre placements.
How to Apply
Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW
As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses•Leaving Certificate: Minimum grade of second-class honours, grade 1 (2.1) in ﬁrst Honours Bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8). The degree can be in any discipline.
Minimum entry requirements
YEAR 1 ENTRY
- Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
- If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.
FOUNDATION YEAR ENTRY
- Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.
• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.
Special Entry Requirements
A range of opportunities exists, including:
• Animal feed industry
• Procurement, processing and marketing of animal products
• Farming and enterprise management
Graduate research opportunities exist at Master’s and PhD levels.