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MSc Horticulture

Course Description


The course will provide students with the opportunity to:

* Study to an advanced level the techniques used for the production and postharvest handling of horticultural crops and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques
* Develop a thorough knowledge of the horticultural business environment and marketing processes concerned with the trade of horticultural produce
* Apply research methodology and information technology to horticultural practice
* Identify and critically evaluate important trends and developments within the horticultural industry
* Identify the needs of national and international communities, and reconcile these with the aims and objectives of specific horticultural organisations

This is a broad based course for students with a basic grounding in plant biology, who want to develop their knowledge of commercial crop production and the postharvest handling of horticultural crops.

If you would like to find out more about our postgraduate courses please see here: http://www.writtle.ac.uk/Postgraduate-Courses

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, case studies and student managed learning. Self guided study takes place under the supervision of horticultural staff who ensure that students maximise their use of all study facilities at the College, including the estate. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including written papers, case studies and project reports. This flexible approach allows students to monitor their knowledge and skills development throughout the course.


The research project/dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake specialist research in specific fields. It must also include an investigative component to demonstrate that the student can apply learning to a problem-solving situation. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, and takes place over a 20-week period during the summer. The research project can be based at Writtle or at an external organisation; international placements may also be arranged. However students who embark upon an industry-based project must have access to the same level of facilities and support as students carrying out their research at the College.

Key Features

* A combination of theory, practical experience and industrial visits alongside the development of interpersonal and communication skills
* An international dimension to the course content
* Opportunity to undertake original research in the UK or abroad

Career Prospects

Upon completion of the course, graduates have moved into crop production with international growers and management positions with major import/export organisations.

Details of this course are accessible, on request, from the course leader.

Visit the MSc Horticulture page on the Writtle University College website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ali Liaqat

400.jpg I’m from Jammu Kashmir (Pakistan), I wanted to further my knowledge so decided to progress to a Masters course and chose International Horticulture. I wanted to study in the UK due to it being a multi-cultural country, but more importantly because the quality of education is good.

I graduated in 2008 and now work as a Quality Assurance Manager for a fresh produce company, who cover the following areas - production, storage, packaging and marketing of top fruits(apples & pears), soft fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) to the UK’s largest supermarkets.

The teaching staff at the University are excellent. There is also a dedicated International Student Support Officer who helped greatly with general things such as accommodation and visa enquiries, but also to get involved in the social life at Writtle and integrate with other students.


Entry Requirements

2.2 in a related subject or extensive industrial exprience.

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