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Course Details

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture

Course code: BN406 Entry Route into programme:
  • Appropriate Bachelor of Science in Horticulture or equivalent.
Duration: 2 years (4 Semesters)
NFQ level: 8
Fee: €2,625 per year
Schedule: Online Lectures (synchronous/live and also recorded):
Tuesday and Thursday 6pm-9pm Classes at ITB four Saturdays per semester 9am-4pm.
Award title: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  


Course Content and Structure

This programme is designed for those who are already holders of a Bachelor of
Science in Horticulture (Ordinary Degree), and wish to further their education by gaining an Honours Degree in Horticulture.

The programme is delivered in a blended mode with a combination of online learning and practical days in ITB.
Students must have access to a PC and broadband internet access in order to
engage fully in an online classroom environment.

The programme will be delivered over two years part time; the following is a synopsis of the material that students may study; some modules may be offered as elective choices subject to sufficient student interest and staff resources.

Research Methods (Offered as a bridging module if not already completed)
This module will introduce the student to the concepts of research methods and research methodologies as they are used in horticulture. This will include generating a Hypothesis from identification of a problem or issue and carrying out a literature search. The construction of a research project measures the extent to which a student has developed scientific and analytical skills and how well they can apply them to a selected topic.  By constructing and writing a practice- based research project the student will have the ability to develop their understanding of the process of the acquisition of scientific knowledge. They will apply advanced statistical techniques to their findings and identify gaps in this knowledge required for technical problems encountered in the degree.

Final Year Project (In 2 parts over the 2 years)
The project module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial individual horticultural project and take responsibility for a full project life cycle. This will enable students to consolidate and deepen their chosen area of study, and integrate knowledge and skills acquired from other modules that are part of this course. A project thesis will form a major component of the assessment of this module. Students will therefore be required to further develop written and oral communication skills alongside practical design and implementation skills. While enabling the student’s intellectual development, this module also aims to motivate the students to develop their independence, confidence and self-esteem.

Specifically this module aims to:

  • develop the student’s project management skills by adhering to industry standard project management techniques;
  • demonstrate the student’s ability to draw upon those elements of scientific and production and management skills they are bringing to the project.
  • develop the student’s research skills by requiring the student to carry out primary and secondary research through empirical, quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • develop the student’s ability to make design and implementation decisions on usability, accessibility, scope, compatibility, aesthetics, cost, and technical feasibility;
  • develop the students ability to turn around projects with the most efficient use of time, facilities, equipment and skills;
  • develop the student’s ability to critically analyse their work as a viable product;

Historical & Contemporary Parks and Gardens
This module aims to give the student an understanding of four aspects of parks and gardens namely: Parks and Gardens of Historic significance; Plant Hunters and Garden Conservation theorists; Restoration and Conservation methods, techniques and approaches and the Development and Management of Parks and Gardens. Students will be introduced to important examples of restored Historic Parks and Gardens in Ireland and abroad, and important contemporary examples. There will be an emphasis on the heritage value and importance of Parks and Gardens, and the role of horticulturists in their conservation and restoration. These are important landscapes, which are representative of one or several periods in history, or display the work of well-known garden designers, landscape architects or have associations with famous owners or visitors. Students will study plant hunters who introduced species from other continents in past centuries, many of these species form significant collections in parks and gardens in Ireland. The review will include threats to the existence of historical landscapes that makes conservation and restoration necessary and will focus on legal protection, financial aid and sources of assistance. It will equip the student to identify the skills required to research, schedule and design historic garden restoration with particular emphasis on conservation throughout the process and its development phases. The student will see how these historical trends are reflected in modern landscapes and gardens. The public usage of parks and gardens will be discussed including their value for tourism. There will be an outline of the skills necessary for the management and development of parks and gardens as important elements of green infrastructure as well as facilities for public education and enjoyment.


Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
The module seeks to impart a comprehension of the role of enterprise development and entrepreneurship in the economy in general and in the horticulture sector in particular.
The module will :

  • Foster within the student a sense of innovation, initiative and creativity in commercial and enterprise environments.
  • Give students an entrepreneurial orientation both through the development of appropriate skills and the enhancement of their attitudes.
  • Provide this requisite knowledge in either simulated or practical situations or both.
  • Provide a practical platform for enterprise development.
  • Provide the student with a substantial knowledge of Entrepreneurs and Enterprises in Ireland and around the world.


Soil & Therapeutic Horticulture
This module introduces the student to the use of Horticulture as a therapeutic tool in a range of settings, giving them a sense of the positive relationship that exists between people plants and their natural surroundings and the benefits of Horticulture within that context. It will define the role of a horticultural therapist and explore the use of Horticulture in a range of settings. It will show the student how to identify the additional skills required, outside of horticulture, in facilitating therapy and rehabilitation through the medium of horticulture, and those who will supply those skills. It will give the students an appreciation of the set-up, development and management of therapeutic Horticulture facilities.


Horticultural Technology & Innovation

This module will equip the learner with the knowledge and skills to understand and operate the systems that are used in modern horticultural production systems; topics will include climate control systems, automation systems in horticulture, computerised fertigation and water management systems, L.E.D. technology in horticulture and combined heat and power systems. The module will also take account of changes and new technology introductions as they are introduced to the industry.

Culinary & Medicinal Plants

This module investigates the role of herbal plants in culinary arts and human health. Lectures, laboratory and field study will provide practical skills training in growing and using herbs as well as building knowledge in plant production, harvesting and application of herbal extracts.

Environmental Management

The module introduces the student to current environmental policy and legislation, principles of water quality control, the planning process, waste water treatment and energy use in Ireland. Environmental management systems in particular the prevention of air pollution, waste management and health and safety in the workplace will be examined with discussion of national and global environmental and sustainability issues.

Post-Harvest Technology

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the fundamental knowledge and skills to manage horticultural crops post-harvest. Learners will study keys topics such as pre and post-harvest physiology, eating quality and its retention, controlled atmospheric storage, modified atmospheric packaging and post-harvest pests and diseases.


Health, Recreation and Green Infrastructure

The purpose of this module is to give the student an understanding of the concept of green infrastructure which requires that the planning and management of natural areas, open space (including productive land) and ecosystem services be incorporated into established development planning and resource management systems. Students will study the various ecosystem services and functions and their specific, measurable, outcome-based objectives which are essential to justify the various actions in the strategy formulation stage, and for the measurement of success after implementation. Examples of green infrastructure elements include ‘Greenways’ the development of a network of pedestrian and cycle trails and improving the connectivity between routes and maximising the recreational potential of state controlled land and assets to promote young people’s engagement in recreation activities.

Food Product Development 2

Learners who successfully complete this module will be competent in developing a marketable product from raw materials, through the intermediate stages to the final stage. The learner will apply theoretical knowledge in a practical context in order to formulate, test, produce and package a food product. A written project report will be required examining topics such as a product development brief, product formulation, prototype development and testing, marketability of the product etc. Students must complete Food Product Development 1 as a bridging module id they have not already done so.

Sportsground Management

This module will give learners knowledge of the technologies and processes involved in construction and management of sports surfaces which accommodate the use of facilities indoor and outdoor in all weather conditions for a range of sports, including football, tennis, hurling, badminton and bowling.In particular, the module will include details of the various types of surfaces, the materials used and the manner of construction involved in synthetic surfaces including sand, concrete, tarmacadam, textiles, rubbers and plastics.This will entail relevant details of associated machinery, including earthmoving equipment for the establishment of proposed contours as well as drainage requirements and foundation specifications.


Golf Course Design and Management

This module introduces the student to the basic concepts underlying the development of a golf course and the associated facility. The successful student will have learnt the design and construction principles involved, as well as the management required for the facility.


Note :

Elective modules (if any) will only be available at the discretion of the institute, subject to availability of lecturing staff and sufficient expression of interest from students.


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What our students say...


" It covers a variety of things; business and law if you want to set up your own business. It’s a hands-on subject, experience is what gets you the knowledge. Practical training, pruning, planting, plant propagation – it’s stuff you can’t really learn through theory, it’s trial and error. Machinery is another aspect you need to know about and be able to fix, if you’re on a job and it breaks down. "

Ciaran Farrelly,
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

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