Master studies 'Horticultural Science'

Horticultural Sciences

'Health' and 'sustainability' are key subjects of modern Horticultural Sciences. Horticultural research revolves around guaranteeing the quality and quantity of food for the human population worldwide, while simultaneously protecting ecological, economical and social resources. 

Multidisciplinary in research between the natural, the engineering as well as between the economic and social sciences takes place. But also an increasing specialization of research activities, which is stimulated by rapid progress and diversification in key disciplines such as the plant sciences, occurs. In response, research centers have developed specialized, site-typical core competences and address research questions in national and international collaboration and exchange.

'Horticultural Science' at TUM

The Master Studies 'Horticultural Science' at TUM is conceived as a special branch of studies with emphases in aspects of the natural, technical and economic sciences. It aims to convey contents, which shall form the basis for the whole of the horticultural sciences. In particular research findings and methodology with relevance for the production of plants and plant-based products, from the test tube to the field and to protected cultivation in greenhouses or other closed production systems, are being taught.

The thematic complex of applied plant sciences is a main focus of this study program. It reaches from the classical agricultural chemistry, to methods and principles of investigating the molecular make-up of plant cellular biological systems, to biotechnology and population genetics. This covers for example the biological, genetic and molecular basis of plant growth and development, of plant disease and plant-pathogen interactions as well as the understanding of their coevolution. But also concepts and methods of plant breeding, of the genesis and typology of soils, mechanisms of nutrient transport and kinetics of uptake as well as their biochemical functions in plants are being taught. Thereby, the course enables for an understanding of material and energy flows in horticultural cropping systems a perception of external factors that impact on crop quality. Moreover, an introduction to economic thinking and economic models takes place, which intends to make possible an understanding of the market economy and behavior of businesses in horticulture. The founding principles of business management are being taught ranging from production to marketing and distribution of products.

Organization of the program

The Master course Horticultural Science is held in English and is carried out by a teaching and research consortium composed of six European universities. It offers a scientific and primarily research-oriented training for the horticultural industry, but even more so for its upstream, research sectors. 

At TUM in particular the thematic complex of applied, modern plant sciences is strongly represented in research and teaching. Based on the current understanding of plant biological principles students are educated in the areas of plant breeding, phytopathology, plant nutrition, growth and yield physiology, plant growth regulation, plant biochemistry, plant biotechnology and population genetics.

The course has a unique structure since students perform part of their training at a partner university. This enables them to freely select courses out of a large course pool, assembled by all partners, and thereby specialize in many different areas of the horticultural sciences including research with all major horticultural crop classes (vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants, grapes, medicinal plants and herbs) as well as in higher-level areas such as horticultural economics, production technologies, ecophysiology, product quality or plant breeding.

In 2008 and 2013 the Master Horticultural Science was awarded with the European Unions Erasmus Mundus award. This honor is received by international master degree programs, which raise the quality of European university education and promote intercultural exchange.

No study fees arise, just administrative charges need to be payed (see also FAQ).

Degree: Master of Science

Last modified in 
December 2017