Welcome to the School of Agriculture and Food Science

Welcome Address: Alex Evans HeadshotWelcome to the UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science where our mission is to develop and apply the science and scholarship of agriculture, food, environmental sciences and rural development for the benefit of society through excellence in education, research, innovation and continuing professional development.

UCD is the only university in Ireland with a dedicated School of Agriculture and Food Science. The School is the first destination of choice for students in Ireland interested in developing their careers in the agri-food sector and no other agriculture or food programme in Ireland can offer such a broad spectrum of integrated teaching and research within a single institution.

The School has over 50 academic staff that teach, conduct research and provide service at many levels to the agriculture and food industry. The prospects for Irish Agriculture are the best that they have been in over two decades. This is driven by world population growth increasing the need for food and a demand for healthy living through an appropriate diet. There is also heightened awareness of the potential for agriculture to mitigate climate change, preserve biodiversity and contribute to the worlds energy needs.

The School has chosen to focus on the four areas of Production Agriculture, Agribusiness and Rural Development, Agri-Environment and Sustainable Resource Management, and Food Science and Nutrition as the core elements of its Agriculture and Food Science Programmes. This creates a unique focus and identity for the School which spans the complete food chain from farm to fork. No other agriculture or food programme in Ireland can offer such a broad spectrum of integrated teaching and research within a single institution. It is the unique differentiator that is key to the current and future success of the Agriculture and Food Science Programme in UCD.

We offer a broad variety of both undergraduate and post graduate education that is delivered at the UCD Belfield Campus, at UCD’s Lyons Farm and on line. Please explore the web site for further details.

Our research contributes to improving the productivity and the sustainability of agriculture and the environment, and to the quality and security of the food produced, and to consumer well-being. The research ethos of the School is to foster curiosity-based and hypothesis-driven research to best international standards in areas of key strategic relevance to Ireland.

UCD was recently ranked as the number 1 University in the world on citations per paper in both Agricultural Science, and Food Science and Technology, based on Thomas Reuters InCites™, data among institutions publishing at scale.

Agriculture and Forestry is also one of 13 subject areas in UCD ranked in the top 100 Universities in the world based on the QS World Rankings by subject 2017.

Please take time to browse our website for additional information on the range of research and teaching activities in our School. Please contact us directly for any further information or for informal discussion.

Professor Alexander Evans
Head of School
Dean of Agriculture
UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science