Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business
Graduates will be well prepared to operate in a variety of managerial and
administrative positions in rural and agri-enterprises, or to become self-employed.
Graduates can progress to a variety of work in agri-business and agricultural services:
for example; in marketing, information processing, administration and management
posts; as well as various employment opportunities in rural development.
This degree is very hands-on with weekly practicals classes, workshop practice, individual
and group projects as well as work placement experience.
Over the duration of the programme, each student will receive, on average, 24 hours of
tuition per week.
Students will be based between the Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering at GMIT Galway campus and GMIT Mountbellew campus (at Mountbellew
Agricultural College). It is envisaged that graduates from the programme will be employed in a wide diversity
of agricultural engineering related disciplines both nationally and internationally,
• Technical/engineering drafting, field technicians
• Agricultural engineering design/systems design
• Agricultural systems (destructive and non-destructive testing)
• Agricultural processing, engineering sales, service, etc.
• Cognate disciplines involving heavy machinery design
(i.e. Forestry, Peat & Mining)
• Bioenergy/biomass sector
Agriculture and Environmental Management
Employment in the area of farm planning and farm advisory services is rapidly growing.
Graduates of the honours degree in Agriculture and Environmental Management meet
the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine educational qualification
requirements for FAS / GLAS advisors. GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.
Note: There is an industrial work placement in year two.
This course is recognised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for
eligibility to register as farm advisors under the Farm Advisory System (FAS).
Graduates of the honours degree may apply to the Teaching Council for assessment to
teach Agricultural Science at secondary level.