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.