by Aoife Mulford, DIT Intern

DCU have teamed up with Teagasc to launch a BSc in Horticulture degree programme due to begin in September 2010. The degree which is available through the CAO can be applied for up until the 1st of May and the ?change of mind? scheme by the 1st of July 2010.

This degree is suited to students with an interest in the natural environment, who wish to develop a career in landscape design as well as construction and management, professional horticulture and plant husbandry, soil science, plant nutrition, and crop production. Students can also avail of the opportunity to develop their studies to Master?s and Doctoral levels by carrying out research into horticulture-related areas involving all aspects of plant-life and biotechnology.

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The combination of resources provided by DCU and the expertise of Teagasc, ensure that this course will cover a broad spectrum of areas into all areas of horticulture.

The course will be held on the DCU campus and at the National Botanic Gardens which offers a unique setting for this course, allowing students to avail of the extensive plant collections, conservation, research projects and worldwide network of contacts. The Botanic gardens will provide an excellent setting for all practical work necessary for the course.

In first year, students will cover subjects such as biology, chemistry, maths and physics, moving on to subjects such as soil science, plant husbandry, landscape construction, landscape design and professional husbandry while a research project is required in fourth year and work placement organised by the college.

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