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Agricultural Biotechnology

About this Programme
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.

The programme consists of 8 taught modules and a research project. The Postgraduate Diploma is comprised of the taught modules only.

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 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


The Masters programme is of one calendar year duration. Classes will be scheduled for 2 days per week over 2 semesters. The research project will be carried out over the academic year and completed in the summer period.

Part-Time option: 1 day per week for 2 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

Arjan Van Rossum
Head of Department of Applied Sciences
t:+ 353-0429370200 ext 2620
North Building NC139

Subjects taught

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,
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

Contact college for the next start date.

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