Focus of the program

The purpose of education in the master program Horticultural Science is, in agreement with academic teaching objectives, to develop research competence, build up specialized knowledge and teach the use of established and, more importantly, also new scientific methods of relevance for horticulture.

The first term is offered in all participating universities with similar teaching contents to provide students with an analogous educational basis. At TUM this compulsory core curriculum is composed of the introductory lectures Ecophysiology, Crop Physiology, Crop Quality, Crop Biotechnology und Research Project Management in economics.

In terms two and three students choose from a course pool, which is assembled by all partners, according to their anticipated professional orientation, whereby part of the courses (at least 20 ECTS) has to be completed at a partner institution. At TUM it is especially possible to specialize in the areas of molecular plant sciences, biotechnology and population genetics with relevance for horticulture, phytopathology and plant-pathogen interactions, biology, biotechnology and analytical chemistry of secondary metabolites of fruits and vegetable crops and human resource management in horticulture.

Term four is a research semester in which students complete their master thesis. A parallel course in science management is compulsory. The thesis shall include experimental and analytical aspects and refines the students' professional profile. Due to its scientific excellence with international reputation, a rich spectrum of possibilities for thesis projects at the bachelor, master or Ph.D. level are offered at TUM. The thesis is co-supervised by a lecturer of one of the partner universities.

Partner universities

University of Renewable Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

The BOKU puts emphasis on exploring, exploiting and conserving renewable resources. The university promotes a diversity of disciplines that work to secure the basis for life of future generations. Research with practical relevance and ecological research concepts are important founding principles of the BOKUs modern education.

Major research topics in horticulture are holistic methods in horticultural crop production (ecological production systems) and clonal genomics and quality management in viticulture.

University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy 

The University of Bologna is one of the oldest universities in the world, but at the same time offers one of the most up to date plant research facilities in Europe. The newly established 'College of Agriculture' is located in these research facilities. Main topics of the institution are fruit production and viticulture with special emphases on ecophysiology and plant breeding. The universities research intends to unite traditional knowledge with the latest insights of plant molecular biology.

Research foci are the physiology of growth regulation and plant hormones in fruit trees and quality and research in abiotic and biotic stress resistance in fruit production. The University of Bologna cooperates in the program with the

Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany

Humboldt's ideal of the unity of research and teaching has become a model for universities all over the world. Central to this model is the idea of research-oriented teaching and the transfer of knowledge based on research. The Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture is dedicated to this principle and cooperates closely with research centers. In addition to a broad range of interdisciplinary courses, it focuses mainly on urban horticulture, food quality management and biosystem technologies.

Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary

The horticultural faculty was founded in 1853 and was the first institution in Hungary, which offered an education in horticulture. Today in teaching an emphasis is placed on sustainable Horticulture with the horticultural staff aiming to convey a solid foundation of basic knowledge as well as also to teach contents with relevance for practical applications.

Research foci are plant genetic resources and plant breeding especially with medicinal plants and herbs and ecological plant production schemes.

Job perspectives

Job perspectives with a master degree in the horticultural sciences are excellent. The studies qualify for executive positions in enterprises of horticulture and related industries, such as sectors of the pharmaceutical industry active in agricultural and horticultural plant production. Owing to its scientific contents it prepares in particular for research and development activities in the area of plant breeding, plant production, plant protection, plant nutrition and pre and post harvest quality management.

Moreover, a master degree in the horticultural sciences qualifies for research positions in academic or non-academic research institutions, in federal research facilities such as the 'Landesanstalten' in Germany, but also for research and teaching positions at colleges or universities, active in horticulture or related fields. Also, positions in federal ministries, governmental agricultural departments, horticultural associations, or international organizations such as the EU, the UNO or the WHO are employment possibilities. Other examples of job opportunities for graduates are positions in research funding organizations, in the area of scientific or agricultural/horticultural journalism, or in the field of intellectual property right or plant variety protection.