Innovative and Sustainable Agriculture

This course in Innovative and Sustainable Agriculture aims to meet the growing demand for knowledge, leadership and understanding in the protection of land and natural resources along with the urgency for a more sustainable approach to agriculture.


The programme will provide learners with the skills to recognise intrinsic issues which require both environmental and agricultural understanding to ensure a framework of sustainability for the agri-food industry for future generations. This programme facilitates learners to focus on advanced education and training in creating, implementing, and overseeing solutions to minimise the environmental impact of agriculture production and utilising pathways to mitigate the biodiversity challenges.


This course has been designed to meet the high demand for scientists at level 9, with the knowledge and technical leadership requirements to develop solutions together with local and global networks.


Key features include the identification of areas where environmental stresses are evident from water and air quality to biodiversity and the intradisciplinary skills required to implement solutions. The programme examines the move towards more sustainable farming practices by improving the environmental and climate-related performance resilience of the farming sector, demonstrating that well-functioning agricultural knowledge and innovation systems can deliver knowledge flow and new insights. The One Health approach – that the health of humans is linked to that of animals and the environment they occupy is examined as are emerging techniques in the area of agricultural innovation and the utilisation of Big Data.


What will I learn?

  • Sustainable Soil Management: Central role of soil and soil management systems in modern agronomy to enable the delivery of sustainable agriculture. 
  • One Health: Importance of including sustainable agriculture in One Health, the growing interdisciplinary collaboration in all aspects of public, animal and environmental health.
  • Climate Change and Mitigation: Introduction to a range of climate change, agriculture, and food security topics in the context of current challenges to redress climate change, both through adaptation and mitigation. 
  • Knowledge Innovation and Industry: Explore the entrepreneurial mindset, innovation theory, idea generation, technology commercialization, intrapreneurship, leadership development and organisational change. 
  • Biodiversity: Examines key scientific topics that are crucial for developing effective biodiversity management plans in different ecosystems. 
  • Sustainable Air and Water Quality: Ooverview of the health and environmental impact of major pollutants including greenhouse gases, suspended particulate matter, ammonia, odour, freshwater investigations and management strategies of water and air quality

Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for those who have reached NFQ level 8 degree in any relevant degree area. The University’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies. Further information on RPL can be found here.

Course Information

START DATE: September 2024 (TBC)

Subject to Approval

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HCI Learner Fee Subsidy

This course is part of the Micro-Credentials Learner Fee Subsidy from the HEA. Learners can avail of between 50% – 80% funding.


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