Horticulture / Gairneoireacht

This course is not available for 1st year entry via the CAO. Advanced entry options are available, please see course TU884

Leaving Cert
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Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



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 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. Thanks to a compulsory 12-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.

In Year 4, you’ll be able to specialise in areas that interest you most.

Work Placement: Thanks to a compulsory 12 week work placement in second year, semester 2, you’ll be able to practice the skills you learned and gain valuable experience to ready you for employment.

Postgraduate Study: On graduation, you may continue to further study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

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.

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website www.heanet.ie/store

  • 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.


Semester 1:

  • Final Year Project (Part 1)


  • Automation in Horticulture
  • Health, Recreation and Green Infrastructure
  • Plant Treatment Regulation
  • Sports Surface Management
  • Post-Harvest Technology
  • Social & Therapeutic Horticulture

Semester 2:

  • Final Year Project (Part 2)


  • Environmental Management
  • Golf Course Design and Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
  • Culinary & Medicinal Plants
  • Historical & Contemporary Parks and Gardens
  • Food Product Development 1
  • Food Product Development 2**

If you opt for Food Product Development 2, you must have completed Food Product Development 1 in Year 3 and must choose 2 other electives. If you don't choose Food Product Development 2, you must choose 4 electives.

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 4 of TU884 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

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