Program Overview

The SETU Waterford BSc in Horticulture course is a full-time, 3-year course designed to train you as a professional horticulturists. You will study horticulture modules, undertake work placement, gain business skills, and graduate from the course having specialised in two major streams of hort study. You will learn about the horticulture industry throughout the whole 3 years by taking frequent field trips to the best horticulture businesses. We recognise that Horticulture students enjoy the hands-on work involved in horticulture so classroom and lab work is balanced with plenty of practical work to practise the skills learned during the course.



  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Communication Skills and Computer Applications                Chemistry for Land Scientists
Horticulture Skills 1 Horticulture Building Construction
Plant Biology Horticultural Mechanisation and Safety
Plant Knowledge 1 Horticulture Skills 2
Plant Protection Plant Knowledge 2
Soil and Growing Media Plant Propagation

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Biodiversity and Horticulture Placement
Financial Analysis for Your Business  
Garden Management and Plant Selection  
Choose one of the following electives:  
*Sustainable Food Production  
*Landscape Design  
*Nursery Stock Production  
*Sportsturf Science  
*Lab Skills for Plant Micro-Propagation (Waterford Only)  
* = Elective module  
Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisites                             Transfer students who have already undertaken placement as part of their previously completed qualification, will be required to complete 6 other modules

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Horticulture Sales and Marketing Arboriculture
Introduction to Scientific Writing and Data Analysis Horticulture Project and Seminar
Managing your Business Law for Horticulturists
People Management Tax for Horticulture
Electives - choose 1 of the following which must be different from the choice made in year 2 Choose one elective from group 1:
*Sustainable Food Production *Field Crop Production
*Landscape Design *Garden Centre Operations
*Nursery Stock Production *Greenkeeping
*Sportsturf Science *Landscaping Design Advanced
*Lab Skills for Plant Micro-Propagation (Waterford Only) *Plants and Society
  Choose one elective from group 2:
* = elective module *Beekeeping and Pollination Studies
Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisites *Computer Aided Design
  *Interior Landscaping and Floristry
  *Protected Crop Production
  *Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Horticulture:

  • 5 subjects: O6/H7

  • English or Irish: O6/H7

  • Mathematics: O6/H7

  • Students with Level 5 and 6 with merit or distinction in the new Common award in Horticulture and who successfully complete bridging studies, can apply to transfer into Year 2.

  • Students who have completed the old National Diploma or Certificate in Horticulture under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture, ACOT or Teagasc can apply to transfer into Year 3.

The fees for Bachelor of Science Horticulture (National Botanic Gardens) may vary from €10,000 to €25,000 annually for tuition fees. The fee's prices may get higher for International Students.

Study Abroad (Undergraduate level)

  • Per Semester €5,000

The following are just a few positions in which our graduates are currently employed:

  • Greenkeeper - maintaining and building golf courses, sports fields, and stadia

  • Stadium Playing Pitch Maintenance Supervisor

  • Nursery Stock Producer - producing trees, bedding plants, shrubs, and perennials for the horticulture industry

  • Craft Gardener in public parks, private or heritage gardens

  • Independent Landscape Designer

  • Landscape Maintenance/Building Contractor

  • Food Producers (from smallholders producing high value speciality crops to graduates who manage multiacre glasshouse complexes producing fruit and vegetables for national and international supermarket chains)

  • Garden Centre Assistant, Owner, or Manager

  • Florist / Interior Landscaper

  • Horticulture Teacher

  • Horticulture Therapist

  • Mushroom Growers

  • Horticulture Writers and Journalists

  • Tree Surgeon

  • Vegetable Farmer

  • Horticulture Technician

  • Landscape Contractor


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