Horticulture is the most dynamic and colourful sector of agriculture. The tasks of horticultural engineers have been broadening and consist of not only cultivation and primary processing of plants but includes also management, consulting, organising activity, quality assurance, marketing and services. After graduation, the students will be able organising and leading the production and marketing of horticultural enterprises of different size and character, carry out the tasks of managers, counsellors, engineers, take part in research and education.
To fullfill these requirements, the master program offers knowledge in horticultural and natural sciences, interdisciplinary aspects, an up-to-date basic knowledge and practical skills. Beside the special horticultural modules (ornamentals, fruits, medicinal plants, vegetables, grape and wine) the study program includes genetical, physiological, ecological, biometrical and related subjects.
During the study, the students have theoretical lectures, laboratory and farm practices, filed visits. There is a quite large freedom of the students in choosing courses according the personal interest. During preparation of the thesis, they learn research practice, solving problems, synthetize results, thus, a possible PhD study is grounded. The study courses are completed by a 4 week’s farm practice period.
The program offers courses in the topics of breeding and biotechnology, plant and soil biochemistry, crop management, economics, crop ecophysiology and additional subjects. The curiculum consists of lectures, laboratory and farm practices. Students may choose a research topic – after the first semester – connected to one of the 5 horticultural branches (fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, ornamentals and viticulture) or their interdisciplinary aspects. The thesis is based on individual research work and should be defended at the end of the 4th semester.
After graduation, the students will be able organising and leading the production and marketing of horticultural enterprises of different size and character, carry out the tasks of managers, counsellors, engineers, take part in research and education.
According to our Multiple Degree agreement, the students of this program - when fullfilling the requirements of partial foreign education – may get the degree also at the partner universities (TUM –München, BOKU - Bécs, UNIBO - Bologna, Humboldt - Berlin)
Requirements for entering the program
For foreign citizens:
- academic BSc/MSc or equivalent degree in agricultural/life or related sciences;
- English language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) knowledge.
Canditates are expected to have basic science knowledge (demonstrated in the transcript) in life sciences, natural resources, agriculture, economics. Based on the credits of the applicants obtained in former graduation, additional maximum 24 credits from missing disciplines may be required during the study.
Also eligible are applicants who will have completed a suitable degree by 31 July 2013, so that by the time of their enrollment they can present their diploma.
Candidates from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have an internationally accepted English exam: TOEFL iBT min. 65, PBT 500, CBT 200 or IELTS at least a score of 5,5 or Cambridge CAE Certificate). These can be replaced by documentation of at least 2 years closed higher education study in an English program.