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Horticultural Science MSc with a major in Horticultural Science

Would you like to work with plants and influence and participate in future sustainable production and cultivation of horticultural crops? Then this is the Master’s programme for you.
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PROGRAMME INFORMATION

Welcome to an international programme that gives you insight into how horticultural production and cultivation can contribute to a more sustainable society. Would you like to have in-depth knowledge about fruit, vegetable and berry production chains, and plants for indoor and outdoor environments? Then this programme covering topics such as cultivation technology, microbiology, plant breeding, economics, value chains and product quality is the perfect choice! 

By choosing appropriate elective courses during your two years at SLU, this interdisciplinary programme gives you a unique opportunity to specialise in either social or natural science. Do you already have a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture? Then this programme will also lead to a qualification as a horticulturist.

With a Master’s degree in horticultural science, you will have a broad understanding of the importance and relationship between science and proven experience, especially in the horticultural sector. The programme’s link to current research and strong business connection will also enable you to work in government agencies, extension businesses, or companies in production, trade and logistics. You will also be able to continue your studies towards a PhD. 

FACTS & REQUIREMENTS

Tuition fees: Citizen of a countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 67 800 
Total: SEK 271 000

Name: Horticultural Science - Master's Programme
Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2022

Study location: Alnarp
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Normal teaching

Application deadline for international students: 2022/01/17
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2022/04/19

Application code for international students: 81046
Application code for Swedish students: 81047

Degree: A Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Horticultural Science will be awarded on completion of the course examinations (Pass grades) to the value of 120 credits, with the following requirements: • a minimum of 30 credits courses shall concern in-depth study within Horticultural Science (A1N, A1F), • a minimum of 30 credits shall concern independent work (degree project) within Horticultural Science (A2E), A maximum of 30 credit courses at first cycle level. There is additional requirement of a completed Degree of Bachelor, Professional Degree of a minimum of 180 credits or a corresponding overseas qualification.

Requirements: Admission to the Horticultural Science - Master’s Programme requires a first-cycle qualification in natural sciences or social sciences comprising at least 180 credits. Applicants with the equivalent qualifications obtained by means of a degree from another country, or with the equivalent knowledge obtained in some other way, may also be regarded as fulfilling the specific entry requirements.

The applicant must further have a level of English equivalent to upper secondary school English (Engelska 6). An applicant with a first-cycle qualification from SLU comprising 120 credits, or a first-cycle qualification from another Swedish university comprising 180 credits, automatically fulfils this requirement. The equivalent qualification may also be obtained in other ways, for more information see universityadmissions.se/antagning.se.

Specific requirements apply for admission to the individual courses included in the programme. These requirements are specified in the syllabus for each course.

 
 

There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.

CONTENT

The program emphasizes the multidisciplinarity of horticultural science. Courses are developed and jointly implemented by departments with different disciplines, all in order to highlight and explore biological, economical, social as well technical, methodological and theoretical aspects of horticultural science.

The first semester of the program contains two courses intended to provide a common baseline for all participants: Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges, and Product Development and Innovation Systems in Horticulture.  Depending on your previous studies and future plans it is then possible for students to choose between courses that are more natural science oriented, or social science oriented.

CAREER

A changing food consumption towards an increased proportion of vegetarian foods is expected to increase the market for garden products. This shift towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly food consumption creates an increased demand for knowledge about cultivation, cultivation systems and the understanding of the importance of plants for human health and well-being.

After completed exam, you should have knowledge of ecologically, economically and socially sustainable production systems, product quality and development of garden products.

You can work in and develop green industries, work as advisor and expert at government agencies or within the food trade and other interest organisations.

After completing the programme, you will have an understanding of the importance and relationship between science and proven experience, especially in the garden sector. The master's programme has a clear link to current research and a strong business relationship, which provides good conditions for employability nationally and internationally after graduation.

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Campus Alnarp

Campus Alnarp is located in a large park surrounded by agricultural fields close to the sea between Malmö and Lund in southern Sweden. There is so much for students to explore here. Apart from all the activities on campus, you will also have access to the cities of Malmö, Lund and Copenhagen. Campus Alnarp’s study programmes focus on landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture and silviculture in southern Sweden. The campus has computer rooms, a restaurant, café, landscaping and horticultural laboratories, and a library with thousands of digital journals, databases and three kilometres of printed materials. The student unions organise many activities, ranging from weekly coffee-drinking get-togethers to comedy sketches and proms. 


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