Horticulture

Course Information

BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN250
CAO Points Range 2021: 440
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 267

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

Our World faces immense challenges; climate change, mass migration from the countryside to mega cities, food shortages, excess consumption, food waste and pollution. Through the sustainable cultivation of plants and an increase in plant-based diets, many of these challenges can be overcome. Plants provide the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, our shelter and medicines. This course covers the sciences, environmental studies, business, management and communication skills related to growing food and non-food plants. You will also study 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.

First Year

  • Animal Biology & Evolution
  • Introductory Chemistry, Mathematics for Agriculture
  • Physics for Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Economics & Business
  • Introduction to Biomolecules
  • Cell & Plant Biology
  • Information Skills
  • Optional Modules

Second Year

  • Management
  • Soil Science Basics
  • Plant Ecology
  • Plant Biology
  • Fundamentals of Horticulture
  • Health, Welfare and Safety in Agriculture

Third Year

  • Plant Protection
  • Pests
  • Soil Science Applications
  • Plant Diseases: Biology and Control
  • Landscape, Trees and Shrubs
  • Professional Work Experience (PWE)

Fourth Year

  • 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-trimester written examinations. In your final year, assessments are largely based on the project reports.

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International Study Opportunities

All or part of your five-month PWE in third year can be taken abroad, with possibilities including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Britain and Europe. Studying abroad for one trimester is also a popular option for many students.

  • Cornell University, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Lincoln University, New Zealand

Testimonial

“I have loved my time at UCD. I chose the Horticulture course because of my love of the outdoors and nature. You study a wide range of subjects from all the general sciences to the more horticulture-based subjects such as landscape management, food production and sportsturf management. The highlight of my time at UCD was my PWE where I got to put my theory-based knowledge into practice. I was honoured to receive a UCD Excellence in PWE Award. I would recommend this course to anyone who enjoys working within the natural environment and leading an outdoor lifestyle. During my time completing this course, I developed a keen interest in sustainability and design and I look forward to developing this further in my future career.”

Stuart Gordon, Student

 

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