Demand for agricultural science degrees “remains strong”

Top universities say demand for agricultural science majors “remains strong” despite a “significant decline” in first-preference applications for the specialty.

Although the CAO bid process will not be completed until the end of this month, University College Dublin, University College Cork and the newly named University of Galway (UG) expect all available places in their 2022 programs to be filled.

It comes as more than 61,000 Leaving Cert students received results last week, with about 7,413 receiving grades for studying agriculture as a subject.

A spokesman for the School of Agriculture and Food Science at UCD said: “We will not know the actual position until the CAO bid process is complete, but we have seen an increase in CAO applications for our BAgrSc programs this year.

“A total of 280 places are offered across 11 undergraduate Agricultural Sciences courses, which is the largest offering in Ireland.

In addition, the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences offers another 70 study places in the BSc Food Science and BSc Human Nutrition courses, which are also very popular.

As in previous years, we assume that all available places in our programs will be filled.”

Frank Buckley, Professor of Agricultural Sciences at UCC, said: “We are extremely fortunate in that we continue to attract the very highest students… Scores over the past three years have been 493, 496 and 506, significantly higher than any other agricultural offering for agricultural sciences .

“Our course was a bit more exclusive with a quota of 25 students and this quota will remain for 2022/23.

First Preferences are down slightly, but that’s to be expected given the significant drop in Ag Science First Preferences nationally.

Cathal O’Donoghue, professor of public and social policy at UG, said the agricultural sciences degree delivered with Teagasc, entering its second year, is also successful.

“The program has a strong focus on sustainability and is uniquely focused on combining both physical agricultural sciences and social sciences to develop future leaders in the industry.”

A Teagasc spokesperson added, “Overall, we expect our colleges to see a slight increase in student enrollment beyond 2020 and 2021 numbers, both for continuing education courses and for higher-level courses with partner institutions.” Demand for agricultural science degrees “remains strong”

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