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Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Agricultural Engineering

New four year honours degree for students interested in working as engineers within the agricultural industry in Ireland and overseas.

Discipline: Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Programme Code: 


Location: Mountbellew/Galway-Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: Minimum LC grade of O4/H7 in Mathematics, in addition to general entry requirements

Places: 20

CAO Round 1 Points: 300 (2020)

Why Study?

The agri-food sector is one of Ireland's most important indigenous manufacturing sectors, accounting for the employment of around 150,000 people.

Enterprise Ireland (EI) has identified Agricultural Machinery as one of the dominant engineering sub sectors within Irish Engineering. Furthermore, EI have identified this area as having significant growth potential in the coming years.

This degree has been designed to deliver high quality agricultural engineering graduates to local and national agricultural and agri-food industries, in order to meet this demand.

Students will gain transferable knowledge and skills inthe following areas:

  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Agricultural sciences

This degree is very practical with weekly labs 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), but during the academic year, they should obtain accommodation in the periphery of GMIT in Galway.


NEW - Young Trained Farmer Status

This Level 8 course has been approved as one of the qualifications which meets the requirements for Young Trained Farmer Status for the purpose of farm inheritance, grant aids, and tax exemptions.

In order to comply with the requirements, students will complete an additional 5 credits per year.


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Programme Modules

Year 1:

  • Mathematics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Learning Innovation Skills
  • Electrical Science
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Animal and Crop Production

Year 2:

  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanics and Dynamics of Machines
  • Mathematics
  • Power Hydraulics
  • Farm Management Safety and Law
  • Mechanics and Properties of Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Soil Science and Nutrient Management
  • Programming for Embedded Controllers
  • Grassland Production

Year 3:

  • Machine Design
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • Heat Transfer
  • Engineering Design
  • Power Hydraulics
  • Dairy Production
  • Food Science, Technology and Quality Assurance
  • Drystock Production
  • Animal Nutrition and Breeding
  • Industrial Work Placement

Year 4:

  • Major Project
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Power Transmission
  • Farm Animal Health and Planning
  • The Engineer in Society
  • Electrical Machines
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Maintenance and Reliability
  • Advanced Automation and Control
  • Sustainable Farming and the Environment

Career Opportunities

It is envisaged that graduates from the programme will be employed in a wide diversity of agricultural engineering related disciplines both nationally and internationally, namely;

  • 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 which involving heavy machinery design (i.e. Forestry, Peat &  Mining)
  • Bioenergy/biomass sector

Some graduates may also become self-employed.

Follow-on Studies: 

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

Furthermore, the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering has strong research connections with local industries, and some graduates may have an opportunity to register on funded M.Sc., M. Eng. or PhD research programmes, specifically in the areas of energy systems and biomedical engineering.

Essential Information: 

Students may opt to graduate with a Higher Certificate in Agricultural Engineering after completing second year.



In Year One, students will be based in GMIT Mountbellew, with some lectures in GMIT Galway (free bus provided).

In Years Two and Three, they will be based in GMIT Galway with one day per week in Mountbellew.

In Year Four, students will be based full-time at GMIT Galway.


Recognition by Professional Bodies

It is envisaged that that the programme itself will be professionally accredited by Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) in the UK.


Materials Fee

Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes.

This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities.

Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

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Dr Carine Gachon

Phone: +353 (0)91 742106

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