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Horticultural Science

Do you want to influence and participate in future sustainable production and cultivation of horticultural crops? This master's programme offers a holistic view of managing and renewing the knowledge of sustainable horticultural cultivation systems.
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PROGRAMME INFORMATION

In the Master's programme in horticultural science you gain insight into how garden production and cultivation can contribute to a more sustainable society. You also learn basics in innovative technologies that enable pioneering uses of plants.

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

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FACTS & REQUIREMENTS
Program code: LM008
Name: Horticultural Science - Master's Programme
Next start: autumn semester 2021
Study location: Alnarp
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Language: English
Level: Master
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Normal teaching
Number of admission places: 20
Application code for international students: 81046
Application code for Swedish students: 81047
Application deadline for international students: 1/15/2021
Application deadline for Swedish students: 4/15/2021
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.
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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