Organic Agriculture

The BSc (Honours) in Organic Agriculture aims is to provide learners with a cross-disciplinary education in the fields of business and science with a particular emphasis on the application of these to organic agricultural systems. Learners will be exposed to the most up to date knowledge in the area of organic food production including the regulations around the marketing and distributing of these products.

Over the duration of the programme, the learner will have gained knowledge in the production of fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products that confirm to the rigorous standards of organic food production. Guest lecturers and field trips will be used to complement the classroom based activities, exposing the learner to industry leaders in the area of organic agriculture.

Upon graduation, the learner will be well placed to gain employment in both organic and conventional agricultural settings.

Engineering Agricultural Systems Engineering

The agri-food sector is one of Ireland’s most important indigenous manufacturing sectors, accounting for employment of around 150,000 people. It includes approximately 600 food and drinks firms throughout the country that export 85% of our food and seafood to more than 160 countries worldwide.

This programme focuses on agricultural science, agri-business, agricultural engineering and agricultural systems. Students will develop knowledge in areas such as sensing technology, electro-pneumatics, electro-hydraulics, automation, Agribusiness, management, marketing and product pricing.

It is also envisaged that graduates of this programme will have Young Trained Farmer status.

Digital Media with Business Analytics

Digital Media is now an integrated part of all areas of the digital landscape. Covering areas from traditional graphic design and web and digital media, but also now a key skill in all forms of marketing, business and data analysis.

Technology and its seamless integration into our lives has now caused an increased need for well designed information and assets, delivered in a bespoke, market focused format.

Analytics, and information and the use of data, is now a major role in the digital landscape. Understanding data, retrieval, processing and presentation of data is a highly sought after skillset, across many if not all areas of business world.

This programme aims to marry these two skills together, and create a learner that is highly skilled in the area of Digital Media Design with an in-depth knowledge of Business Analytics.

The graduate will possess the ability and key skills needed to engage, create, and communicate information to a consumer driven market.

What subjects will I study?
Digital Media Design
Information Design
Digital Media Applications
Programming for Data Analytics
Business Intelligence Applications
Business Data Analytics
Digital Strategy
Research Methods
Placement or Research Project

Data Science

The MSc in Data Science NFQ Level 9 programme is designed to meet current industry needs and provides students with a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the analysis and utilisation of large data sets, together with experience in conducting data science development projects, thereby preparing graduates for positions of responsibility in the Big Data and IT industries.

As well as studying a range of core taught modules, learners will undertake a significant research and/or programming project to further enhance their skillset from the creation of a project proposal to the delivery and deployment of a significant data science project.

This innovative programme will build on participants’ professional and personal skills in areas such as presentation, communication and soft skills as well as data science development, integration and critical thinking around the design, implementation and deployment of data science solutions and systems in industry.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?
The aim of this programme is to provide learners with an understanding and ability to critically evaluate and utilise data analytics and the associated processes, systems, algorithms, technologies and insights garnered, ethically, in appropriate contexts. The programme also focuses on current research in the field and enables participants to review and critically assess this research.

What subjects will I study?
Programming for Data Scientists
Data and Data Storage Technology
Statistics for Data Science
Research Methods
Infrastructure for Big Data
Data Analytics and Algorithms
Data Visualisation and Insight
Project/Dissertation

Physics for Modern Technology

What is the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology?
The BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology is a full time, four year, honours degree which can be chosen within the WD002 – Bachelor of Science (Hons) Common Entry Route. This is an inter-disciplinary course which provides students with an understanding of the physics underlying modern technologies such as semiconductors, optics/photonics, alternative energy, and sensor systems. It is designed to provide students with strong and complementary skills in the areas of physics, engineering, mathematics and programming. Graduates will develop a range of transferable skills that are valued and much sought after by industry.

BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology work placement or study abroad
Students undertake a six-month work placement, allowing them to develop valuable professional skills. Recent placement opportunities have included: Analog Devices, Bausch & Lomb, Teva, FeedHenry, TSSG, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Care, Genzyme, Fidelity Investments, ESA (European Space Agency, Holland) and NPrime (UK).. Students may also study abroad in one of WIT’s partner institutions in Europe, Canada or the USA.

Why are Physics and Technology important?
Physics is central to understanding the world around us and it is the driving force behind most modern technologies

Smartphones, iPads, fibre-optics, lasers, GPS satellites, solid state drives, radiotherapy beams, smart sensors, medical imaging systems, and a host of other devices and systems are all applications of physics.

Pharmaceutical Science

The BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science is a full time, four year, honours degree which can be chosen within the WD002 – Bachelor of Science (Hons) Common Entry Route. This course is designed to produce graduates for the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry. Students will be exposed to a broad range of subjects and laboratory instrumentation relevant to the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry. The course also provides graduates with a range of transferable skills so that graduates are qualified for a wide range of science-based industries.

BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science work placement
A six-month work placement is included in the third year of the course.

Research at SETU Waterford
SETU Waterford lecturing staff teaching on this course are actively involved in a range of highly successful and well-funded research work related to pharmaceutical science. Collaborators include national and international universities and research institutes, and industrial partners from the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical sectors both in Ireland and abroad. Current research areas include: development of novel polymers for therapeutic drug delivery, biomedical research in eye treatment, novel analytical methods for pharmaceutical products, sensing devices for environmental analysis, biotechnology for drug synthesis and bioremediation.

Land Management in Agriculture

This one year add-on course aims to give students with BSc (Level 7) degrees in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry the opportunity to obtain an Honours (level 8) degree in their respective disciplines. Using the invaluable expertise of both the School of Science and School of Business together with input from Teagasc, the course aims to increase the students knowledge of their respective disciplines while also improving the students business acumen.

How is the BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Agriculture structured?
The BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Agriculture is a one year add-on course that prepares students for a professional career or postgraduate education in Agriculture. The year consists of two semesters each comprising 6 modules. Some of the modules will be common to all students while other modules will be specific to their stream or discipline.

Research Project:
A research project will be carried out by each student throughout the two semesters of the add-on year. This will enable students to learn the rudiments of carrying out research and how to write up a scientific report. It may also help them to determine whether they would like to obtain a postgraduate qualification (Masters or PhD) after they graduate.

Land Management in Forestry

What is the BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry?
This one year add-on course aims to give students with BSc (Level 7) degrees in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry the opportunity to obtain an Honours (level 8) degree in their respective disciplines. Using the invaluable expertise of both the School of Science and School of Business together with input from Teagasc, the course aims to increase the students knowledge of their respective disciplines while also improving the students business acumen.

How is the BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry structured?
The BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry is a one year add-on course that prepares students for a professional career or postgraduate education in Forestry. The year consists of two semesters each comprising 6 modules.

Research Project:
A research project will be carried out by each student throughout the two semesters of the add-on year. This will enable students to learn the rudiments of carrying out research and how to write up a scientific report. It may also help them to determine whether they would like to obtain a postgraduate qualification (Masters or PhD) after they graduate.

Land Management in Horticulture

What is the BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Horticulture?
This one year add-on course aims to give students with BSc (Level 7) degrees in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry the opportunity to obtain an Honours (level 8) degree in their respective disciplines. Using the invaluable expertise of both the School of Science and School of Business together with input from Teagasc, the course aims to increase the students knowledge of their respective disciplines while also improving the students business acumen.

How is the BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Horticulture structured?
The BSc (Hons) in Land Management is a one year add-on course that prepares students for a professional career or postgraduate education in Horticulture. The year consists of two semesters each comprising 6 modules.

Research Project:
A research project will be carried out by each student throughout the two semesters of the add-on year. This will enable students to learn the rudiments of carrying out research and how to write up a scientific report. It may also help them to determine whether they would like to obtain a postgraduate qualification (Masters or PhD) after they graduate.

Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

What is the BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science course?
The BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science is a four year honours degree course, which can be chosen within the WD002 – Bachelor of Science (Hons) Common Entry Route.This course is designed to train you to work in the areas of biopharmaceutical, biomedical, and/or food related industries. The course will also train you for progression to further study such as postgraduate research and/or the Professional Master of Education (PME).

Why is Level 8 Molecular Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science important?
Industry needs suitably qualified graduates with hands-on practical experience to be part of exciting developments in the field of biopharmaceutical and related sciences. New advances in biotechnology use microorganisms as well as other cell types to produce drugs and other useful products. The nature of such work requires scientists who understand cellular processes and how they can be controlled. This four year degree is designed to train you in processes such as analytical testing, advanced molecular biology techniques, microbiological analyses, biopharmaceutical technology and cell culturing techniques which are important skills required to work in biopharmaceutical, biomedical, food and related industries.

What subjects will I study?
Year 1 of this programme will give you a solid foundation in both the theoretical knowledge and basic lab skills in biology, chemistry and physics. As you progress through years 2, 3, 4 of the programme you will gain specialist scientific skills in areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical biotechnology, cell culturing, pharmacology as well as quality management which are key skills for your future career.