HORTICULTURE MASTER PROGRAMME*

Speciality: Green Areas Shaping, Horticultural Production**

Duration: 1,5 years (3 semesters)

Professional title: Master

Study Profile: general academic

Start Month: February

Semester Tuition Fee: 1600 EUR

*There must be 10-12 students successfully enrolled for the course to be open.

Overview

Horticulture Master Course provides students with in-depth knowledge in sustainable horticulture, landscape shaping and environment protection. The programme presents biological and environmental background in cultivation of high quality horticultural plants in sustainable, integrated and organic systems. During the education process the student learns how to perform research in the field of instrumental analysis, data processing with various computer techniques. The student is able to process and analyse the research results, present the knowledge in specific field of horticulture. Furthermore, the courses presents quality management techniques in production and the basics in work organization. On specialized level, the student is able to use research and analysis techniques. On the professional level, he is able to make independent decisions in horticulture business.

**The candidate while enrolling to the course decides if he wants to follow the programme for one of the specialities: Green Areas Shaping or Horticultural Production. However, there must be sufficient amount of students wanting to study the particular speciality, so it may be open. If one speciality does not have enough prospective students, its candidates are offered the second speciality as an alternative.

What will you study?

Green Areas Shaping

1st semester

Statistics and experimentation, commodity science, plant arrangement, agrofitocenology, landscape shaping and maintenance.

2nd and 3rd semester

Nature Conservation, basics of sustainable horticulture, molecular biology, green areas plant selection, green areas planning, basics of geodesy and cartography, horticultural production systems.

Horticultural Production

1st semester

Statistics and experimentation, plant arrangement, landscape shaping with design elements and green areas preservation, agrofitocenology.

2nd and 3rd semester

Nature Conservation, basics of sustainable horticulture, molecular biology, biological methods of plant protection, horticultural production systems.

In what form will classes be conducted?

Classes are conducted in the form of lectures, laboratory, seminars and field classes.

How will you be assessed?

Semester credits based on obtained course credits form grades of mid-term and end-term tests and exams held in oral or written form. In the case of some subjects tests and exams can have practical and theoretical parts.

The final grade comprises of exam and practical classes grades. Student's knowledge, practical skills, ability of completing particular tasks, team work and work management are assessed in the course process.

How many ECTS points do you get?

Standard of education in Horticulture provides no less than 90 ECTS credits for 3 semester course of study.

What qualifications and powers will you get during studies?

The graduates of Horticultural Production speciality have advanced knowledge from the field of biology and chemistry. They know economic methods of analysis and are able to manage and organize the work in horticultural production. The graduate has developed his own expertise in the horticultural production techniques and technologies in the following fields: vegetable farming, flavouring and medical herbs, ornamental plants and orchard tending. He has an expanded knowledge of chemical and biological methods of plant protection. The graduate uses different methods, techniques and technologies to shape the nature potential for the benefit of human welfare.

The graduates of Green Areas Shaping has advanced knowledge in specific subjects: geodesy and cartography, use of trees and bushes in design, grass surfaces, methods of landscape shaping. He is able to do basic geodetic measurements and cartography studies. Also, the student has expanded knowledge in the field of plant selection (tree, bush, perennial) and design principles necessary to draw up the project on executive and operational level related to green areas shaping of urban and rural surrounding. He knows how to organize and design different types of lawn and prepare lawn mixtures. The graduate is prepared to do plant inventory, plan tending activities for sustaining good condition of vegetation. The programme covers historical gardening and park renovation methods. The legal knowledge in the field of construction law and planning equips the graduate for effective and professional work.

Where will you be able to work after graduation?

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in specialized horticultural farms, fruit and vegetable processing industry, in administrative and consulting institution concerning horticulture, green areas shaping organizations, research and development centres, education institution.

There is a possibility to continue the educational process and academic research on PhD programmes.

Entry Requirements

A candidate must have BSc degree in Horticulture or in a similar area of study and meet the English language requirements on B2 level.

Your BSc degree should cover most of the following subjects:

  • Basic subjects (physics, chemistry, biochemistry)
  • Systematics, anatomy, morphology and physiology of plant
  • Genetics, microbiology, plant pathology, entomology, herbology
  • Cultivation practices, nutrition and protection from pests of basic horticultural plants and principles of assessing their relevance and quality
  • Fundamental rights of natural conservation and activities related to the environment, its protection and shaping.

English proficiency

Candidates need to prove their English proficiency on at least B2 level (of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR). Language test requirements:

  • University of Cambridge Exams: FCE with minimum points 160; CAE or CPE with minimum points 120,
  • TOEFL (Internet based) with minimum of 75 points,
  • IELTS Academic Test with minimum of 5,5 points.

Exception from English tests:

Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's degree from the home country with English as the Language of instruction are exempt from the test.

Admission process

Intake period: October- January

Admission fee: 20 EUR (for all candidates)

Required documents and application info :

http://www.rekrutacja.upwr.edu.pl/studies/72122/how_to_apply.html