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University College Dublin: Horticulture

Institution University College Dublin View institution profile
Department UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
Telephone +353 1 716 8500
Study type Taught


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.

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


University College Dublin


Why UCD?
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2023 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 181 in the world. 

UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 38,000 students with more than 9,500 international students drawn from 152 countries. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 12,000 graduate students; almost a quarter of whom are graduate research students.

Students are attracted to UCD by the strength …

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