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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Horticulture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is designed for those who already have an interest in horticulture as well as those who wish to develop or update their existing knowledge. The course combines theory, practical experience, industrial visits and presentations from industry experts. There are opportunities to participate in trial work and to undertake original research in the UK or abroad. The course attracts both home and international students from many different countries providing a stimulating environment in which to study horticulture. The course is designed to provide the opportunity to study both crop production and postharvest technology in semester one; both areas can be further developed in semester two or other options such as Urban Agriculture are available.

Delivery is through a combination of lectures, practical, formative and summative coursework, tutor and student led tutorials, case studies and group work, including seminars and presentations. It is developed through a series of visits to commercial/industrial and research establishments and through dissertation-related studies. Appropriate knowledge and understanding is enhanced if students opt to undertake their dissertation work in an industrial situation. Students, who undertake their dissertations outside the UK, will also gather a measure of this enhanced experience. Knowledge and understanding is assessed using a combination of examination (seen and unseen), assessed coursework (lab reports, projects, case studies, presentations) and problem-based learning scenarios which include interpretative exercises.

Different course options

Full time | Writtle University College | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will evaluate the factors which determine the level and location of crop production in relation to climate and agro-economic factors, using a number of crop examples related to horticulture, agriculture and floristry. The development and changing patterns of cropping systems and production techniques will be discussed in the light of changing market requirements, environmental pressures and the need for sustainability in production. The importance of global trade will be considered in terms of sustainability and environmental footprint; other environmental considerations such as energy consumption and use of non-renewable resources that of increasing importance to industry will be considered as part of the crop production process. Current research and trends will evaluated and likely future developments considered.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will normally be graduates in agriculture, horticulture, engineering, biosciences, geography, business and economics or will have extensive relevant industrial experience. There will be opportunities to specialise as the course progresses and the students' knowledge of the subject develops