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Agricultural Biotechnology

Course Description
The aim of the MSc 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
»» bioinformatics and bioremediation

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 all the relevant data acquisition and numeric methods and have advanced research and communication skills.

The Masters programme consists of 8 taught modules and a research project. The Postgraduate Diploma is comprised of the 8 taught modules only. Taught modules include: Animal Biotechnology; Animal Genetics; Crop Biotechnology; Bioremediaton and Bioenergy; Biotechnology in Feed and Animal Feeding; Food Biotechnology; Bioinformatics; Data Management and Statistics; Agricultural Biotechnology Project (M.Sc. only).

Graduates through their choice of elective research dissertation will have the opportunity to focus on one of the 3 thematic areas from the programme namely Environmental, Food & Feed or Animal Biotechnology.

Who Should Apply?
These courses will be of interest to those working in the Agriculture, Environmental and Food Science areas who wish to progress to management level.

Graduates may progress to research PhD programmes either in DkIT or other institutions. Graduates will find employment in production, advisory/regulatory, research and development roles in the Agriculture, Food and Environmental sectors.

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 requirements may also apply. International students must have a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Duration

2 Years

The MSc is of one calendar year duration and consists of 8 taught modules and a research project. Classes are scheduled for 2 days per week over 2 semesters.

The research project is completed over the summer period after completion of semester 2.

The MSc programme is also available on part-time basis (1 day per week over 2.5 years).

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

Dr. Arjan Van Rossum
Head of Department of
Applied Sciences, School of
Health and Science
t 042 9370265
e arjan.vanrossum@dkit.ie

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).

Modules:

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

Comment

Awarding Body
Dundalk Institute of Technology

Application date

How to Apply?
You should apply using the DkIT Postgraduate application form which can be downloaded from
www.dkit.ie/admissions/postgraduates 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

Potential students may be interviewed.

Course fee

Fees
€7650 / €5100*

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date
September 2017

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