Horticulture (BSc) (Level 7)

  • Course Code

    CR 011

  • Field of Study


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  • Type of Study:

    Full time

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Course duration:

3 years (6 semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

Info re MTU Cork Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to MTU Cork courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU Cork offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Cork Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.

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Holders of relevant NCVA/FETAC (now QQI) awards may apply through the CAO. Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) operates within the National Framework of Qualifications, and has awards (formerly FETAC awards) placed at Level 5 (Certificate) or Level 6 (Advanced Certificate) of the Framework.


Work Placement

Students are required to complete a work placement (minimum of 15 weeks) in Year 2 in a horticulture related business. It will involve a set of agreed objectives for the placement, as well as the assistance of a person on site and a member of the CIT academic staff.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are English, Mathematics, and Biology.

Course summary

This course is presented under a partnership arrangement between MTU Cork and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College, Co. Cork. Classes times are divided 2 days in Clonakilty and 3 days at the CIT Bishopstown campus.


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What is Horticulture?

The term Horticulture is described as the science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers or ornamental plants and can be divided into commercial and amenity sectors.

The Commercial sector is involved with the production of food crops and added value products such as fruits, vegetables and mushrooms in the field or under protection, and of ornamental products such as trees, shrubs and bedding plants.

The Amenity sector includes Garden Centre and DIY retailing, Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance, the Turf Grass industry (golf course, other sports turf, etc.), the development and overseeing of public parks and gardens, roadside plantings, ecological conservation, sustainability and heritage projects.


About the Course

The course is unique in its mix of knowledge and skill in three distinct disciplines – business; science; and art.

There are two distinct areas within Horticulture.

  • Amenity: This includes landscape design along with constructing and maintaining parks, public areas, sports grounds, recreation facilities and roadsides. Interior landscaping is a specialism within amenity horticulture which is concerned with the design, installation, and maintenance of plantings in shopping centres, office buildings, hotels, residences, etc.
  • Commercial: This involves growing crops for sale. Crops include fruit and vegetables, nursery stock and bedding plants.

Students attend both MTU Cork and Colaiste Stiofain Naofa throughout the course. 

Work Placement

Students are required to complete a work placement in Year 2 in a horticulture related business. It will involve a set of agreed objectives for the placement, as well as the assistance of a person on site and a member of the MTU Cork academic staff.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates from the BSc. in Horticulture are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on
> Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture (Level 8)

Graduates of the programme can also pursue specialisations in areas such as Botany, Biotechnology and Business Management with other Higher Education Institutes in Ireland and overseas.

Question Time

What is enjoyable about this course?
The course has a variety of subjects, projects and horticultural visits from very diverse content reflecting the Science, Business and Art of the Horticulture Industry itself.

Students enjoy the area of Landscape Design and visiting world renowned large local gardens, field and glasshouse production of food or ornamental products.

What are the typical student numbers in first year?
First year course/class size is 20 which reflects the practical nature of the course. Smaller classes also play a key role in ensuring student success.

Are there any further requirements?
Yes, Students will be required to hold a provisional driving licence and to purchase health and safety equipment such as hi-visibility jackets and safety boots. Further details will be given at induction.

graduate profile

Cara Tremayne
Level 7 & Level 8 Graduate

Cara graduated with a BSc in Horticulture and progressed to the one year add on BSc (Honours) in Horticulture. Cara won the CIT Entrepreneur of the Year Award with weed free roll out vegetable matting. She is currently working on development and promotion of this product whilst also working with Coillte.


“I enjoyed many aspects of the course which comprised of plant husbandry, science and business. I am using many of the skills and knowledge which were developed within the degree to aid the development of my own horticultural business. I found the mixture of lecture and laboratory based classes along with numerous field trips and site visits to be stimulating and beneficial. The glasshouse and field based teaching brought an added dimension to the learning. The small class sizes, friendly and accessible staff, meant that assistance and feedback was never far away.”

The course is delivered over 3 full academic years, with 2 semesters per year. Semester 1 modules are completed between September and January and Semester 2 modules between February and May. In general, 6 modules must be completed in order to complete a semester and 12 modules constitute a stage.


In Year 2 (Semester 4) there is a mandatory work placement of a minimum of 15 weeks.


MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Detailed Module Information at the following links

Career options in Horticulture include:
> Garden Centre Manager
> Organic Producer of Vegetables or Fruit
> Greens Keeper
> Nursery Stock Manager


In addition to the potential areas of employment listed above, graduates may also be employed as Market Gardeners; Landscape Designers; Landscape Construction Managers; Plant Propagators; Nursery/Floral Production Managers; Tree Management/Arborist; Turf Management; Environmental Planning; and may also do research.

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)


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