BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN272
CAO Points Range 2017: 228
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 16
Why is this course for me?
Horticulture is the art, science, technology and business of plant cultivation for human use. If you like biology or other science subjects, or you’re interested in business studies, home economics or languages, then this course may be for you. It will give you an appreciation of the importance of plants for human life and well-being. The course covers the sciences, environmental studies, business, management and communications, as well as growing food and non-food plants. Landscape & Sportsturf Management focuses on the science behind developing and maintaining Ireland’s designed landscapes, golf courses, tennis courts and sport pitches. The objectives of this degree are to give you:
- Knowledge of the growth, development and protection of plants, and use of plants for food, leisure, sports, social and environmental benefits
- An understanding of horticultural plant production systems and how their components are integrated and managed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner
- The skills to become a competent, competitive and confident leader who will excel in the national or global horticulture community as a professional horticulturist or horticultural scientist
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
This degree maintains strong links with the horticulture industry. Career opportunities include management, technical advisory, consultation, research, quality assurance and sales or marketing positions, working for companies or within your own business. Opportunities also exist in state, semi- state, EU and international organisations. Your transferable skills will make you highly employable in other industries. Master’s and PhD degrees are also available.
What Will I Study
You’ll study core science subjects in first year, and then develop your horticulture knowledge with specialist modules.
- Plants and People
- Landscape & Sportsturf Management
- Agricultural Economics
- Soil Science Basics
- Plant Ecology
- Agricultural Botany
- Fundamentals of Horticulture
- Health, Welfare and Safety in Agriculture
- Plant Protection
- Soil Science Applications
- Plant Diseases: Biology and Control
- Landscape, Trees and Shrubs
- Professional Work Experience
- Food Production: Mushrooms, Fruits, Vegetables etc & Post Harvest Physiology
- Enterprise Development & Strategy
- Research project
- Nursery, Garden Centre & Retail Horticulture
- Professional Communications
Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals and participating in industry site visits and field and greenhouse workshops, and undertake independent study and research.
Assessment includes continuous assessment (e.g. class tests, essays) and end-of-semester written examinations. In your final year, assessments are largely based on the project reports.
International Study Opportunities
All or part of your five-month Professional Work Experience (PWE) in third year can be taken abroad, with possibilities including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Britain and Europe. Studying abroad for one semester is also a popular option for many students.
“I chose to study Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management in UCD, as I knew I could combine my love of nature, outdoors and science. The course provides a strong foundation in science with engaging hand on classes and fieldtrips.
My third-year Professional Work Experience in Ballymaloe House and Gardens was a defining point in my degree. I loved working with a range of different plants, improving my plant identification skills, working with integrated pest management, organic food production and greenhouse management.
I also got the opportunity to be Secretary of the Horticulture Society, which is now a booming vibrant society. We have a community garden, polytunnel, and apiary, and organise horticulture-based talks and tours.”
Ruth Farnan, Student