M.Sc. in Horticultural Science (Germany) Deadline: May 31, 2019

Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich)


Application Deadline

May 31, 2019

Program Commencement

October 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Semesters

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Program Details

Technical University of Munich (TUM) is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching and Freising-Weihenstephan. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology.

The Master’s program in Horticultural Science offered by the School of Life Sciences is held in English and is carried out by a teaching and research consortium composed of five European universities. It offers scientific and primarily research-oriented training for the horticultural industry and its upstream and downstream sectors. The purpose of education in the program is, in accordance with academic teaching objectives, to develop research competence, build up specialised knowledge and teach the use of established and new scientific methods of relevance for horticulture.

At TUM, 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 as students can perform part of their training at a partner university abroad. This enables them to select courses freely out of a large course pool, assembled by all partners, and thereby specialise in many different areas of horticulture, including 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. The first semester is offered at all participating universities with similar teaching contents in order 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, and Research Project Management in Economics. In semesters two and three, students choose from a course pool, which is assembled by all partners, according to their anticipated professional orientation. Part of the courses will be completed at a partner institution. At TUM it is possible to specialise 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. Semester four is a research semester in which students complete their Master’s thesis. A parallel course in science management is compulsory. The thesis includes experimental and analytical aspects and refines the students’ professional profile. Due to its internationally reputed scientific excellence, a rich spectrum of possibilities for thesis projects is offered at TUM. The thesis is co-supervised by a lecturer from one of the partner universities.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Admittance to the Master’s program requires a Bachelor of Science degree at a university or a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule), in a study program belonging to the life sciences, either in Germany or abroad. Qualifying study programs are, for example, horticulture, agriculture, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, forestry, biology or molecular biotechnology.

The admission procedure includes an interview which is held with a view to determining qualification for the course beyond the applicant’s educational qualification (interviews are held as soon as the required documents are complete). The aim is to verify the suitability of the applicant for the program in an informal conversation. Criteria for acceptance are a profound basic knowledge of the natural sciences, an advanced understanding of plant sciences, an ability to work scientifically, and sufficient proficiency in the English language. Applicants must provide proof of their English skills before the end of the application period. Information about recognised language certificates, here.

Application Process

Apply ONLINE here

All data submitted electronically need to be verified by paper-based documents. So at the end of the online application, you will receive an application for admission as well as a personalized list of required documents. Both the signed application for admission and the relevant documents need to arrive at TUM has hard copies before the designated deadline. 

More details here. Also visit the course website.


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