Bachelor of Science (Honours) Organic Agriculture SE517
- NFQ Level 8
- New Programme
- 4 Years
- Further Studies
- Career Prospects
- Entry Requirements
What is the Course about?
The BSc (Honours) in Organic Agriculture aims is to provide learners with a cross-disciplinary education in the fields of business and science with a particular emphasis on the application of these to organic agricultural systems. Learners will be exposed to the most up to date knowledge in the area of organic food production including the regulations around the marketing and distributing of these products.
Over the duration of the programme, the learner will have gained knowledge in the production of fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products that confirm to the rigorous standards of organic food production. Guest lecturers and field trips will be used to complement the classroom based activities, exposing the learner to industry leaders in the area of organic agriculture.
Upon graduation, the learner will be well placed to gain employment in both organic and conventional agricultural settings.
- Only undergraduate degree in Organic Agriculture offered in Ireland
- Hands on learning throughout the programme*
- Strong links with the organic industry in Ireland
- Professional Work Placement in Semester 2, Year 3
- Opportunity to study abroad through the Erasmus programme**
What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates of the BSc (Honours) in Organic Agriculture may apply for the various post graduate opportunities offered in SETU, including the MSc in Organic and Biological Agriculture, or research MSc and PhD positions.
What exemptions will I receive?
Learners that have completed a Level 6 in a related discipline e.g., Level 6 in Agriculture or Level 6 in Organics may apply for advanced entry to Year 2 of the programme.
Notes*Correct as of September 2022
**Erasmus takes place in Semester 1, Year 3. Learners wishing to participate in the programme have the opportunity to complete the Winter Semester at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany or the University of Keil, Keil, Germany.
What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
Upon graduation, the learner will be able to apply the skills they have developed while studying on the BSc in Organic Agriculture to a wide range of technical roles across the wider agricultural sector be it in a primary production, processor, marketing or legislative capacity. There will be a particular emphasis on primary production within organic agriculture and as such, candidates will be well placed to gain employment in this emerging area of importance for agriculture in Europe.
What are the minimum entry requirements?
Leaving Certificate 2H5 & 4O6/H7
Subjects required - English or Irish O6/H7, Mathematics O6/H7
Other Entry Routes - QQI Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, Horticulture Organics or equivalent.
Academic and Personal Skills Development
Principals and Standards of Organic Production
Farm Health and Safety
Applied Physics and Chemistry
Animal Production in Organic Farming
Crop and Grassland Management on Organic Farms
Animal and Plant Biology
Introduction to ITC for Agriculture
Farm Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Protected Cropping Systems in Organic Agriculture
Genetics and Breeding
Concepts in Soil Science
Agricultural Micro Economics
Agricultural Marketing I
Farm Mechanisation and Regulations
Agroforestry Production Systems
Protected Cropping Systems in Organic Agriculture
Soil and Nutrient Management on Organic Farms
Agricultural Macro Economics
Organic Food and the Environment
Agricultural Marketing II
Preparation and Practice for Work Placement in Organics
Farm Animal Health and Welfare
Farm Business and Agri Food Law
Agribusiness Strategic Analysis
Organic Field Vegetables Production
Agribusiness Strategic Advantage
Group Elective 2
Organic Pulse Production
Organic Dairy Production
Group Elective 3
Pig and Poultry Production
Organic Cereal Production
For Further Information ContactProgramme Director
Dr Stephen Joseph Whelan