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Agricultural Biotechnology

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with a deep knowledge, understanding and experience of the use and potential of biotechnology in Agriculture, including animal genetics, nutrition and health, crop and feed production, genetic engineering, sustainable food and energy production, bioremediation and bioinformatics. Graduates will be familiar with all aspects of policy and legislation in relation to this field and will be able to appraise the ethical, social biosafety and policy implications of existing and emerging technologies. They will be competent in the relevant data acquisition and numeric methods and have advanced research and communications skills.

Entry requirements

Entrants should have a minimum of a 2nd class honours degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Biotechnology , Food Science or a related area. Graduates with relevant experience who do not meet the academic entry requiements may be assessed for entry in line with the DkIT Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy and procedures.

International students must have a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5


3 semesters

Careers or further progression

Progression Opportunities:
Graduates may progress to research PhD programmes either in DkIT or other institutions.

Career Options:
Graduates will find employment in production, advisory/regulatory, research and development roles in the Agriculture, Food and Environmental sectors.

Further enquiries

Further information:
Dr. Arjan Van Rossum
Head of Department of Applied Sciences
Dr. Edel Healy Head of School of Health and Science email:

Subjects taught

The Masters programme consists of 8 taught modules and a research project. The Postgraduate Diploma is comprised of the taught modules only. Classes will be scheduled for 2 days per week over 2 semesters. The research project will be carried out in semester 3. Both programmes are available on a part-time basis (1 day per week for 2 years).


Animal Biotechnology
Animal Genetics
Crop Biotechnology
Bioremediaton and Bioenergy
Biotechnology in Feed and Animal Feeding
Food Biotechnology
Data Management and Statistics
Agricultural Biotechnology Project (M.Sc. only)

Application date

You should apply using the DKIT Taught Postgraduate Application form. This form may be downloaded from : Please include an up-to-date CV with your application form. Fully completed Applications Forms must be returned to:

Admissions Officer
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Course fee


Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology €5,100 – payable in two stages

MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology €7, 650 – payable in two stages

Enrolment and start dates

This new programme will commence in September 2017 (subject to demand).

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