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Horticulture BSc / BSc Hons

Level: SCQF 9-10

UCAS Code: D410

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh

About the Course

Horticulture bsc bsc hons

There is a current lack of horticulturists trained to degree level, particularly in the UK. This means that as a graduate, you will have excellent employment opportunities.


Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic industry that encompasses the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. The design, establishment, and maintenance of our parks and gardens, leisure and sports facilities, open spaces and managed landscapes are integral to the demands of the industry.

This degree provides you with a broad horticultural base so that you are equipped to work in any of these areas, while allowing you to specialise in either Production Horticulture or Gardens and Greenspace Horticulture during your studies.

Course Duration: BSc 3 years, BSc (Hons) 4 years if studied full-time.

The Horticulture BSc/BSc (Hons) degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of 4 Scottish Highers (BBCC)/3 A-Levels (BCC) or equivalent qualification to include a science subject.

Course Content

The first two years are the HND Horticulture. In years three and four you will study core subjects plus a choice of specialist modules in production horticulture (including vegetable and fruit production and global horticulture) or garden and greenspace management (landscape horticulture, woodlands and open space management).

You will visit growers, horticulturists and landscapers to evaluate production methods and management requirements, and researchers at scientific organisations to see field and lab experimentation. You will prepare blueprints for plant production, management plans and collect lab, field and landscape-based data for analysis.

In your fourth year you will undertake your own research project in a subject which interests you, drawing together all that you have learnt on your course.Topics covered are varied: example Honours Projects include an investigation of alternative treatments for the control of powdery mildew on a protected strawberry crop, the effect a realistic number of plants has on the Indoor Environment Quality of an office during winter time and the effect of flash flooding on street tree growth.