City scape

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 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.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements but have relevant work experience may be assessed for entry in line with the DkIT RPL Policy and Procedures. International students must have a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Candidates may be interviewed.


1-2 Years (Full time or Part-time)

Course Delivery
The MSc course is available in part-time mode (1 day per week over 2.5 years).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology is also available in full- time mode or part-time mode (1 day per week over 2 years).

Careers or further progression

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

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

Further enquiries

Dr. Arjan Van Rossum
Head of Department of
Applied Sciences, School of
Health and Science
t 042 9370265

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)

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.


Awarding Body
Dundalk Institute of Technology

Application date

How to Apply

You should apply using the DkIT Postgraduate Application (see download button in the application weblink below).

Please include an up-to-date CV with your application form and send completed applications to:

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

Course fee

€7,650 (MSc) / €5,100 (Postgrad. Diploma)

Enrolment and start dates

Contact Dundalk IT for the next course start date.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!