MSc Horticulture

University College Dublin

Course Overview

With the ever increasing global focus on the impact of climate change and the realization of the benefits of a shift towards plant based foods, the UCD Masters in Horticulture will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to make significant contributions to sustainable food production and restorative environments that will contribute to human health and well-being.

This programme caters for early career graduates working or intending to work in the global dynamic horticulture production and supply industry as well as mature students and those looking for a career change. 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.
Today the supply of horticulture goods and services involves a global network of producers, distributors and retailers. While labor is a significant part of the cost basis for horticulture enterprises, innovation in technology, logistics and management is disrupting the traditional labor 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 utilize modern innovative technologies and management systems to provide sustainable globally relevant horticulture products and services.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 18,800

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • The career prospects for graduates from the MSc Horticulture are wide ranging.
  • Agricultural Sciences at UCD is ranked 19th globally and 5th in Europe.
  • Modern parkland campus with 24 hour security, minutes from Dublin city centre.
  • Wide ranging career opportunities exist as plant producers, in the distribution and retail of plant products and horticultural services.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

• Applicants must hold a minimum of an upper second class honors 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.
• 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

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing center closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

The career prospects for graduates from the MSc Horticulture are wide ranging. Career opportunities exist as plant producers, in the distribution and retail of plant products and horticultural services, as horticulture therapists, designers, technical advisors, scientists, managers and leaders in private companies, public organisations and government agencies in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture.