Towards a Sustainable and Healthy Society: Food, Agriculture and the Environment

What is this Structured Elective about?
This Structured Elective aims to address topical issues in food, agriculture and the environment. On completion of this Structured Elective, you will know about healthy eating guidelines, and the role of nutrients in health and disease, the link between agriculture, the environment and aspects of food production.

Why should I take this Structured Elective?
This Structured Elective is aimed a general audience within UCD, for students with an interest in agriculture, health and the environment. It may complement your ongoing studies or address some of your own personal interests outside of your degree. Whatever the reason, this Structured Elective will give you knowledge that will be useful to you as a person now and in the future.

How would this Structured Elective benefit me?
Whether you are taking this for academic or personal reasons the information you will learn in this Structured Elective will benefit you in understanding the links between agriculture, health and the environment.

How do I take the modules in this Structured Elective?

  • In order to earn this Structured Elective you must take the specified modules in or after 2017/18.
  • To receive this Structured Elective you must take the required modules as Elective modules and not as Core or Option modules.
  • You can choose any three modules from the selection available to achieve the required credits for this Structured Elective. You can complete these in any order you want at any time point throughout your time within UCD.
  • You do not need to register for this Structured Elective in advance, it will be awarded you complete 15 credits during your studies.
  • No guarantee is given to you that it will be possible to take 15 credits from the outset, this will depend on module places being available and on the exigencies of the timetable.
  • Prerequisites apply to some modules.
  • Select three modules from the list below:


AESC 10010
ANSC 10010
CPSC 10010
FOR 10020
HORT 10020
Land Use and the Environment
Introduction to Animal Science
Introduction to Crop Science
Trees and Forests in Ireland
Plants and People
Found in Global Dev to Sustainable Societies
FOR 20110
FOR 20120
HORT 20020
VET 20180
Forests, Climate and Carbon
Bees, pollination and people
Fundamentals of Horticulture
Introduction to One Health
HORT 40110
HORT 40120
Vegetable Crops
Protected Crops