Agriculture & Food Science - Research

At the heart of UCD’s research strategy is the ambition to address the challenges that will shape Ireland’s future and its role in the wider world. The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science's research programmes address key national issues including environment, energy, forestry, agri-food, health, and the development of evidence based policy. These align with many of the current global challenges in areas such as energy, food shortage and the environment.

Students undertaking graduate research degrees within the School have an opportunity to contribute to these nationally and internationally important areas of research while developing their knowledge of their area of research and honing their research skills. As a school we harness the complementary energies of research and teaching to drive graduate education. Our goal is to produce confident, highly-skilled graduates with the potential to make major scientific contributions to the knowledge economy, both in Ireland and abroad.

Graduate research degrees are available at Masters and PhD level.

Students are expected to maintain a real presence within the School during the period of their studies and to attend supervisory sessions as defined by their supervisor and Research Studies Panel.

Supervision (Research Studies Panel)

Each student accepted onto a Research Masters or PhD programme will be allocated a supervisory panel - Research Studies Panel (RSP). A Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP) is required and the student’s Panel will assist in developing this plan. The role of the supervisor(s) is to direct and advise the student in developing a focused research question, conducting the research, and completing the thesis. In addition, an important role of supervisors is to provide detailed written feedback on draft chapters, and to ensure that the student is making satisfactory progress in terms of career development generally. Following each meeting of the Research Studies Panel, a formal record (on an RPDP form) should be completed and signed, outlining what has been discussed and detailing any relevant activities that the student or supervisor have undertaken in preparation for the next meeting. For further information on RPDP and the RDPD form, please see Research and Professional Development (RPDP) Plan.

Appeals Process

A student who wishes to appeal a decision of the Assessment Panel may do so through the procedures for a formal assessment appeal determined in the UCD Policy on Assessment Appeals. Information relating to Assessment Appeals can be found at:

Conflict Resolution

For information on how to access conflict resolution support please refer to the document:

(opens in a new window)Policy for Conflict Resolution for Supervisors and Graduate Research Students

Useful Documents/Links

Graduate Research Student Handbook

Information on ethical standards in research can be found at the UCD Office of Research Ethics website.

Information on Research Integrity Training can be found at Research Integrity Training.

Information on the formal progression of doctoral students can be found in the University (opens in a new window)Policy on Progression in Doctoral Programmes

UCD Academic Regulations can be found here.

Entry requirements

Check admission requirements:

Research Masters and PhD applicants should normally hold a primary degree equivalent to a Level 8 Second Class Honours Grade 1 or higher.

For non-native English speakers, an English language certificate is required: IELTS overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section; TOEFL – In the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score from 600 paper based TOEFL (with a minimum score of 475 in the Test of Written English), aminimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in the each section. Further information can be found at UCD English Language Requirements
Funded Research Scholarship Opportunities:

Check for current funded research opportunities within the School of Agriculture and Food Science in the next section and follow the application procedure outlined.


Agriculture & Food Science (D005) MAgrSc
Agriculture & Food Science (D017) MSc
Agriculture & Food Science (D021) MSc(Agr)
Agriculture & Food Science (D001) PhD

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  • Qualification letters

    MAgrSc / MSc / MSc(Agr) / PhD

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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