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  • Programme Code:
    LC428
    Course Level:
    Level 7
    Department:
    Applied Science
    CAO Points:
    2017 232
    Duration:
    3 Years
    Campus:
    Thurles
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    What is the programme about?
    Agri-food and Fisheries is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. It collectively employs some 150,000 people with an annual output of over €24 billion. The agriculture and agribusiness sector is growing strongly, and there are further plans for expansion under the Food Harvest 2020 report. A key challenge for agriculture will be to increase production in a sustainable manner which does not negatively impact on the natural environment. This programme will provide a strong foundation in science and environmental management, combined with specialist agriculture modules. It will allow successful graduates of the programme to work in the agri-sector, with a clear understanding of relationships between agricultural, food production, and key environmental issues.

    The programme will be delivered in conjunction with the existing LIT B.Sc. in Environmental and Natural Resource Management. It will be proportioned in such a way that approximately two thirds of the programme will focus on science and environmental management while one third of the programme will focus on agricultural issues. The degree will be run in conjunction with Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary where a ten credit module will take place in the first year of the programme titled “Farm Enterprises - Theory & Practice”. The second and third year will see progressively increased content relating to agriculture, with considerable lab work, field work, field trips and computer skills sessions provided throughout the degree. A sustainable development stream will allow wider reflection on balancing the needs of the environment, the economy and society while a professional development module will prepare students for a work placement during the summer of third year.

    Who is the programme suited to?
    This programme will suit people with an interest in agriculture and the environment. School subjects such as geography, agricultural science, biology and chemistry will be particularly relevant. The programme will also be suitable for mature students with relevant work experience. The programme incorporates options for students to be able to exit with a Level 6 Higher Certificate Award after two years. Graduates will be eligible for positions within the science and environmental management sector and be particularly qualified where these positions arise within the agri-sector.

    Class Contact Hours
    Year 1: 24 hours per week
    Year 2: 21 hours per week
    Year 3: 18 hours per week

 

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