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CAO Code: DC170
Points Last Year: n/a
Duration: 4 Years
Type of degree: Full-time

Understanding the Course:

There will be no further intake of students to this programme

Watch how a combination of science and creativity can blossom into a career in Horticulture!

Horticulture plays a very important role in society influencing our lifestyle and general health in many ways. This includes the production of fruit and vegetables which form a vital ingredient of our daily diet and the development of pleasant surroundings for living and working, which create positive effects for emotional health. Irelands internationally renowned parks and gardens, golfing facilities and attractively managed landscapes are an important part of the tourism industry and are a tribute to the work of many horticulturists who have created them.

A horticultural career may involve the growing and selling of garden plants and food crops on a commercial scale or the design and care of public or private open space planting. Education, sports turf management, horticultural therapy and research offer further opportunities in this very versatile occupation.

Offered by DCUs School of Biotechnology and Teagasc, this new four-year honours degree course has been developed to incorporate the theoretical and practical aspects of horticulture providing you with the knowledge and expertise you will need for a career at the highest professional level. You will have the opportunity to develop your interest in the many aspects of horticulture as well as discover the scientific knowledge that underlies all plant life and the creative and business aspects of horticulture.

About You:

This course will be of interest to you if you enjoy and appreciate the natural environment and created landscapes, such as gardens, sports turf facilities and the production of fruit and vegetable crops and wish to make a career at the highest professional level in horticulture. In particular, if you have enjoyed scientific subjects at school you may like to further develop this interest in an applied horticultural context. It will also appeal to you if you are interested in the business aspects of horticulture.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University (see How to Apply section), the following requirements apply: OC3 or HD3 in Mathematics PLUS OC3 in one of physics, chemistry, biology, physics with chemistry, agriculture science.

Course Structure:

The first year of the course is taken with other science courses. You will study biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, introduction to horticulture, and biodiversity. These subjects are studied mainly at DCU with frequent periods in the National Botanic Gardens for relevant parts of the syllabus.

In Year Two an understanding of a range of subjects relating specifically to horticultural theory and practice will be provided. This will include subjects such as professional horticulture and plant husbandry, plant materials, soil science and plant nutrition, plant protection, plant physiology, meteorology, biomolecules and metabolism. These subjects will be delivered mainly at the National Botanic Gardens with periods spent at DCU for the relevant subjects.

In Year Three further studies will be taken in horticultural theory and practice to broaden the range of horticultural expertise. You will study subjects such as landscape construction, landscape design and management. Professional horticulture and plant husbandry will be delivered at the National Botanic Gardens, while at DCU the subjects of scientific literature and new enterprise development project will be taught. With the knowledge gained in first and second year, you will be well prepared to participate in a period of work experience placement (INTRA), which forms an essential component of Year Three.

In the final year emphasis will be placed on subject areas relating to ecology and environmental management and legislation together with further studies in landscape construction, design and management. Studies such as literature review and presentation, experimental design and analysis will also form a part of the fourth year and a significant research project must be completed during this year. You will attend both DCU and the National Botanic Gardens during the final year.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)

Why DCU:

Please click here to access a full programme structure including modules taught in year four.

  • Make a career developing a green environment.
  • Combine the best of science at DCU with the best of Horticulture at the Botanic Gardens.
  • Take part in a horticulture INTRA work placement.
  • High level of technical expertise and support available.
  • Offers students a unique set of scientific, horticultural and business knowledge and skills.
  • Enthusiastic, approachable and dedicated staff.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to apply to the International Foundation Certificate (IFC) course. This course will help you to achieve the English language requirements necessary for entry to this course. It will also help you to adjust to the culture of irish university learning. See for full details of the IFC course.

Career Prospects:

Career opportunities exist both in the public and private sectors in the following areas:

  • Crop production - fruit, vegetables, nursery stock
  • Landscape design
  • Landscape construction and management
  • Parks management
  • Sports turf construction and management including football pitches, bowling greens, racecourses, golf courses
  • Horticultural research
  • Horticultural education and training
  • Retails sales outlets - garden centres, florists, horticultural materials suppliers
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Horticultural consultancy

Entry Requirements:


Leaving Certificate: In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:
OC3 or HD3 in Mathematics PLUS OC3 or HD3 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science.

GCE A Level
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:
GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level C or GCSE C in Mathematics PLUS GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level C or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology .

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme your are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcome from students who have studied Horticulture at Ldvel 7. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

How to Apply and Closing Dates
EU School Leavers/FETAC Level 5 and Level 6
Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

EU Mature Applicants
Apply through the CAO by 1st February.
Applicants must also submit a Mature Supplementary Form to DCU by 1st February.

Non-EU Candidates
Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to the 1st July. All non-EU candidates are advised to apply early as places are limited.

Make an Application
Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

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