UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

The UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences opened in 2015 to bring all health students and faculty together to benefit from the collective knowledge. After successfully completing your International Foundation Year in Engineering and Sciences programme at the International Study Centre, you can progress to degree study at UCD in the:

  • UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
  • UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

What can I study?

You can progress to a variety of degree options within the UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences after successfully completing your International Foundation Year programme.

If you’re interested in agricultural science but not sure which specialism is right for you, you can begin with the general Agricultural Science degree. During your first year at UCD, you can investigate your options before choosing your area of specialisation. If you receive an offer on the Agricultural Science programme, you’ll be guaranteed a place in any of the six specialisations from your second year:

  • Agricultural Systems Technology
  • Animal & Crop Production
  • Animal Science
  • Animal Science – Equine
  • Food & Agribusiness Management
  • Food Business with Chinese Studies.

Build your knowledge of developing, deploying and managing technology for the agriculture sector to enhance efficiency, sustainability and reliability. You courses will focus on design and technology in farming and food production including computer systems, networks, data management and machinery.

In this degree you will develop a broad knowledge of both science and business across animal and crop production. You will understand the interactions between these varied fields, putting you in the best position for a successful future in a constantly changing environment.

Learn about the growth and development of domestic farm animals, animal production systems and the livestock industry in Ireland. You will gain a fundamental understanding of animal welfare, components of sustainable management and interacting with the global market.

Ireland produces more thoroughbred foals than any other EU state, making it a great place for equine studies. This degree focuses on the applied sciences of animal and veterinary biosciences, emphasising their application to horses. Your coursework will include learning about the growth and development of farm animals, equine health, the equine industry in Ireland and its global entrepreneurial context. Successful graduates enter the global job market having developed the knowledge and skills needed for professional leadership roles within equine science industries.

This four-year degree provides a unique opportunity to understand both business and science. You will focus on the agri-food sector, Ireland’s largest native industry. You will learn how the principles of economics and business management apply to farming, food production and marketing. Graduates of this degree have reached senior positions as chief executives, business owners, marketing managers and media editors.

A degree in Food Business with Chinese Studies will help you develop the knowledge and skills required for a rapidly changing market. You will gain an understanding of how our international developments interact with and affect each other, how to access to new markets and strengthen relationships with the modern agri-food and agribusiness companies.

Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences is perfect for students interested in science and the impact of technology and research on human health. You will learn about modern medical and biological sciences and their applications in scientific development. In a flexible, modular structure, you will have the freedom to specialise in the areas that interest you, to ultimately learn how scientifically driven investigations advance our knowledge of disease prevention, detection and treatment.

Food Science will develop your scientific knowledge of producing high-quality, safe and nutritious foods for the global market. You will take the first step towards being a food scientist, playing a role in all aspects of the food chain

Focussing on the scientific principles of sport, physical health and exercise, this degree will prepare you for a future in the application of sport and exercise science to high performance sport and to improving physical health, well-being and fitness across our life span. Your programme will emphasise practical skill-based teaching, so you can be involved in active learning.

If you want to use your knowledge of science to care for people, radiography could be an ideal fit for you. Radiographers work closely with patients to produce high-quality images to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. You will gain technological and scientific expertise in both the production of images and the responsible delivery of ionising radiation. During your programme, you will have access to UCD’s own imaging facilities, before progressing to working with patients.

This degree takes a multidisciplinary approach to your learning, equipping you with knowledge and skills encompassing management, marketing, event planning, human resources, economics and finance, sports development and coaching.

Why study in the UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences?

With all health faculties together in one college, you will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from other health disciplines, working together to achieve greater goals.

International reputation

The UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences is made up of some of the leading schools and programmes in Ireland and across the world. The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science is ranked number one in Ireland and 51st in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). It’s the only academic institution in Ireland delivering a high quality education and research on complete food chain processes, from farm production to the consumer.

Prepare for the future

Students from the UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences have progressed to exciting and prestigious careers across the world, in diverse industries; including the President of University College Dublin, a President of Ireland and the current President of the Medical Council.