MSc Horticulture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Horticulture is the science, technology, art and business of cultivating and using plants to improve human life. Horticulturists and Horticultural Scientists create global solutions for safe, sustainable, nutritious food and healthy, restorative and beautiful environments.

The MSc Horticulture caters for early career graduates working or intending to work in the global dynamic horticulture production and supply industry. It is designed for students who wish to acquire greater expertise in horticulture, mature students and career changers, and draws on the academic expertise available in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.

Today the supply of horticulture goods and services involves a global network of producers, distributors and retailers. While labour is currently a significant part of the cost basis for horticulture enterprises, innovations in technology, logistics and management is disrupting the traditional labour intensive model of horticulture businesses.

With ever increasing demands from the market place to reduce costs, future horticulture enterprises will require highly educated and skilled individuals who can interpret and apply sound scientific knowledge and utilise modern innovative technologies and management systems to provide sustainable globally relevant horticulture products and services.

The minor thesis component offers a very broad choice of research topics that allows a candidate to focus on a specific subject area. Students are assigned an academic supervisor with research interests and expertise in the thesis subject area.

Vision and Values Statement
The MSC Horticulture programme provides students with the education and skills to enable them to attain leadership roles, and to set and maintain professional standards of excellence within horticulture in Ireland and globally. Graduates can become professional horticulturists and horticultural scientists who utilise their scientific education to provide sustainable management of horticulture enterprises, services and organisations. They have the capacity to influence and direct policy and governance at corporate, local, national and international level for the betterment of their enterprise or services and the wider community. Dissemination of knowledge by engagement with the various industry sectors and horticultural services is a key activity for staff and students.

Student education is informed by active internationally recognised research where engagement in learning is through formal lectures, practical classes, scenario based learning, group and individual research project work. Teaching and learning activities are conducted in an atmosphere of fairness, quality, and excellence, which is supported by an assessment process designed to provide students with a record of their academic progress. Their educational experience is enriched by intensive interaction with staff as part of our community of scholars and by their participation in modules and industry/site visits. This programme enables students to develop critical thinking capabilities, to be confident and competent individuals who have the ability to acquire the knowledge necessary for professional decision-making and to advocate for horticulture in a global context.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
• Enterprise Development - AERD40180
• Data Analysis for Biologists - AESC40180
• Food Diet and Health II - Making Healthy Food Choices - FDSC20110
• Introduction to Nutrition - HNUT40060
• Food Quality and Safety (O/L) - HNUT40110
• Horticulture Field Studies - HORT30380
• Nursery Production & Management - HORT40090
• Minor Thesis - HORT40100
• Food Production: Vegetable Crops - HORT40110
• Food Production: Protected Crops - HORT40120
• Fruit & Postharvest Physiology - HORT40130
• Professional Communications - RDEV30060

Stage 1 - Option
• Elements of Landscape Design - HORT30020

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
• Applicants must hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree, or international equivalent in a biological, environmental, agricultural or related science degree.
• Mature candidates will be considered on the basis of relevant experience. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the course coordinator to discuss their eligibility.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent (DB06 Global Engagement Partnership Masters Pathway).
• Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/
• For applicants from Yangzhou University: The successful completion of the DB06 Global Engagement Masters Pathway
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MSc Horticulture FT (D064)
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes




D064: 1 year full-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MSc Horticulture (D064) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8875
nonEU fee per year - € 18800

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Wide ranging career opportunities exist in private companies, public organisations and government agencies in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture. This programme also allows graduates to completely change direction putting them on a radically different career path from their primary degree and advancement to PhD level.

Graduate Roles:
• Plant Producers
• Distribution and Retail
• Horticulture Therapists
• Designers
• Technical Advisors
• Scientists
• Business Development
• Entrepreneurial Roles

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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