Horticulture / Gairneoireacht

Programme Title:  Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

This course is not available for 1st year entry via the CAO for 2020. Advanced entry options are available.

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher



Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Additional Requirements:

Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see www.tudublin.ie/gardavetting

This programme is suitable for you if you wish to make a sustainable, positive impact on the environment; to respond to growing concerns about the quality of our food and the environmental cost of its production; to be active and outdoors, caring for landscapes, parks or golf courses, or if you’re artistic and creative and interested in landscape design, or in the natural environment and its wellbeing potential.

You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of horticulture science, encompassing life sciences, the chemical and physical sciences, and the mathematical and statistical techniques involved in designing experiments and data analytics.

Our hands-on teaching approach will give you opportunities to develop skills through real-life practical projects, often engaging with local community groups to design and build gardens to a brief and within a set budget.

Work Placement: Thanks to a compulsory 16-week work placement in 2nd year, Semester 2, you’ll be able to practise the skills you’ve learned and gain valuable experience to ready you for employment.

Further Study: On successful completion, you may continue on to the final year of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture.

IT Requirements

MEDIUM spec (minimum) (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes). MS Windows 10 based laptops are recommended.

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  • Organic and Conventional Food Production
  • Parks and Garden Management
  • Landscape Design
  • Golf Course Management
  • Stadia Grounds-Keeping
  • Teaching Horticulture
  • Retail Horticulture
  • Nurseries
  • Social and Therapeutic Horticulture
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities in Horticulture

Semester 1:

  • IT & Professional Development
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Identification and Classification
  • Horticultural Calculations & Measurements
  • Plant & Landscape Skills
  • Plant Biology

Semester 2:

  • Plant Identification - Use & Management
  • Machinery & Equipment Skills
  • Graphics & CAD for Horticulture
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Horticulture in the Community
  • Plant Propagation

Semester 1:

  • Vegetable Production
  • Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Turf Grass ID & Establishment
  • Integrated Crop Management
  • Nursery Stock Production
  • Landscape Construction

Semester 2:

  • Industry Placement
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Contracts, Specifications and Tenders

Special regulation: Industry Placement HTSC H2030 is assessed through 100% CA and is included in the GPA calculation

Semester 1:

  • Horticultural Project Management
  • Marketing a Horticultural Enterprise
  • Trees & Woodlands
  • Fruit Production


  • Organic & Sustainable Horticulture
  • Soft Landscape Construction & Design
  • Floristry & Interior Landscape


Semester 2:

  • Research Methods for Horticulture
  • Manage Your Own Business
  • Crops Under Protection


  • Advanced Landscape Design
  • Retail Horticulture
  • Apiculture
  • Food Product Development 1


*Two electives must be selected. The electives listed are indicative since they depend on learner demand and resource availability, and may vary from year to year.


Advanced entry options are available into Year 2 and Year 3 of this course.

I chose this course as I like how the course is varied, covering all aspects of horticulture — from the basics like ‘soil science’ and ‘plant nutrition’ to ‘start and manage your own business’ and also industry placement. The horticulture facility is a great resource and has all industry-standard equipment such as a computer-controlled irrigation system.

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Science


3 years

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