Studying a degree in Agricultural Technology provides a wide range of graduate opportunities for students interested in the agricultural, agri-environmental and related industries.
The majority of our graduates will seek careers in the agricultural, agri-environment or agri-food sectors,in roles including; marketing/sales, production and management, technical advice, and research and development in commercial companies.
This programme was developed after extensive consultation with DARD, major farming organisations, the food processing sector, farmers and conservation organisations, and the curriculum reflects these consultations. This close industry involvement has continued. The initial years of this programme were overviewed by an industry group representing LANTRA, AFBI, DARD and the UFU. This group has now been replaced by an industry Stakeholders Group. In addition, CAFRE programmes are overviewed by an independent advisory group (College Advisory Group, CAG) appointed from the industry.
Industry representatives play a significant role in the operation of student learning projects where they use their expertise to guide students running major college enterprises (i.e. the CREAM enterprise referred to earlier). In addition, major employers such as Dunbia, Moy Park and Thompsons have contributed bursaries to support students on the programme.
Students organise an industry symposium as part of final year, providing opportunities to engage with key stakeholders within the local industry. In addition, major employers such as Dunbia, Moy Park and John Thompson and Sons have contributed bursaries to support students on these degrees.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
- John Thompson and Sons
- Countryside Services
- Dale Farm
- Fane Valley
- Monaghan Mushrooms
- Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
- Tamar Farming Co (New Zealand)
- Millridge Ltd (New Zealand)
OTHER CAREER INFORMATION
Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. Read more here.
Further study is also an option – development of research skills in final year through project work means that graduates are also well equipped for postgraduate study, and can choose from a wide range of Master's programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics; click here for more information.