BSc in Horticulture (Kildalton College)

Bachelor of ScienceHorticulture (Kildalton College)

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What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is a very diverse industry and career opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas, from producing plants for garden centres, working on golf courses, landscaping, through to fruit and vegetable production. Many horticulturists are managers or self-employed and need business as well as horticultural skills.

What is the BSc in Horticulture course?

This is a three year full-time course designed to train professional horticulturists. The course is run in conjunction with Teagasc. Students can choose to study in Waterford at WIT and Teagasc, Kildalton College OR they can study in Dublin at the Teagasc College in the National Botanic Gardens. There are separate CAO codes for the Waterford and Dublin locations.

Graduates are deemed to have achieved the equivalent of the Green Cert for Stamp Duty exemption or land transfer for young farmers

Kildalton College - WD096

Students on this course study both at WIT and at Kildalton College, Piltown. The laboratory-based scientific and business modules are taken at WIT and the horticulturebased modules are taken at Kildalton. A free bus service operates between Kildalton and WIT.

National Botanic Gardens - WD097

Students on this course will be based in the Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Please note that some modules may be delivered at other Teagasc facilities such as Kinsealy or Ashtown.


In year 2, one semester is spent on placement either in Ireland or abroad. This is an opportunity for you to see and implement the key horticultural skills you have learnt in college.

Course Coordinator on the 'Sod Show'

Listen to what Cara Daly, course coordinator, has to say about studying the BSc in Horticulture at WIT.  A  must-listen for all prospective students.

WIT students on the 'Sod Show'

Have a listen to the Sod Show, where Eddie Byrne, a third year student on horticulture course at WIT is interviewed.

Peter talks to Maura Clarke, horticulture student at Waterford Institute of Technology. She talks about what drives her to study horticulture and her continuous drive for knowledge and education. A pretty inspiring interview!

Course Coordinator                          

Dr. Cara T. Daly

Phone: 051 302076

Email: [email protected]

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Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Plant Identification & SpecificationChemistry for Land Scientists
Plant BiologySoils Management
Plant ProtectionPlant Propagation
Communication SkillsPlant Identification & Garden Maintenance
Computer ApplicationsHorticultural Mechanisation
Mechanisation & SafetyHorticulture Building Construction
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Horticulture Business Accounting Placement
Biodiversity and Horticulture
Plant Identification and Use
Choose one of the following Major electives:
*Landscape Design
*Nursery Stock Production
*Market Gardening
Choose one of the following Minor electives:
*Garden Management
*Protected Crop Production
* = elective module
Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisites
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Marketing for Small Business Law for Horticulturists
Small Business Management Horticulture Taxation & PRSI
People Management Customer Service Management
Project Research Project Implementation
Electives - choose a different Major elective from Semester 3 OR choose two of the following electives:Choose two of the following electives:
*Horticulture Therapy *Horticulture Therapy
*Greenkeeping *Greenkeeping
*Landscape Design Advanced*Landscape Design Advanced
*Garden Centre Operation *Garden Centre Operation
*Horticulture Quality Assurance *Horticulture Quality Assurance
*Field Crop Production *Field Crop Production
*Interior Landscaping *Interior Landscaping
* = elective module
Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisites

Leaving Cert

5 subjects: OD3 or better

Required Subjects

English/Irish: OD3/HD3

Mathematics: OD3/HD3

Advanced Entry

Students with Level 5 and 6 with merit of distinction in the new Common award in Horticulture and who successfully complete bridging studies, can apply to transfer into Year 2.

Students who have completed the old National Diploma or Certificate in Horticulture under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture, ACOT or Teagasc can apply to transfer into Year 3.

Contact the course leader for further information or see Advanced Entry

Graduates from this course may find employment in fields such as:

  • Greenkeeping - maintenance of golfcourses and sports fields

  • Nursery stock production - producing plants for  the horticultural industry           

  • Landscape construction                                                               

  • Landscape design

  • Garden maintenance contractors

  • Employment as gardeners in public parks and grounds

  • Gardeners in private and heritage gardens

  • Food production

  • Garden centres

Follow on study

WD158 - BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Horticulture


"Through studying horticulture at WIT I gained the key skills necessary to enter the job market and successfully compete in the Irish Horticulture sector. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at WIT and it gave me good grounding in practical horticultural skills, reinforced with a solid theoretical knowledge. When I completed my degree, I established a successful landscape design business and with the continued support of WIT achieved great success at international level winning several garden design awards. Through my design business I progressed to lecturing in Landscape Design and am currently Co-Ordinator for a FETAC horticulture training course. WIT provided me with a solid qualification which has helped me to establish a successful career I really enjoy."


Gerard Mullen, WD096
BSc Hort, BA (Hons) Design

'Gerard was the Gold Medal Winner in the 'Large Garden' category in 'Bloom In The Park 2013'

"I previously completed a level 5 horticulture qualification in Teagasc, Kildalton and in summer 2013, I will complete the horticulture BSc run jointly by WIT and Kildalton. My route to horticulture was interesting! In the late 80's, I trained as a chef in Galway RTC and subsequently spent 20 years working in the food and hospitability industry in areas as such as contract catering to Michelin star restaurants in England, France and Ireland. I also worked as a bank official for Ulster bank in Donegal for three and a half years. In 2010, I was made redundant and I immediately took the opportunity to enrol on a level 5 horticulture course in Kildalton having being familiar with the location as a wonderful community resource and facility. My background in food gave me a passion for ingredients and my love of the outdoors led me to a new career in horticulture; I especially love growing plant ingredients that stimulate the five senses and once settled in Kilkenny, I avidly pursued my love for gardening. I was keen to further my studies beyond level 5 and chose WIT since my brother also graduated from here ten years ago also as a mature student. By the way, we are both from Dublin!"


Adrian Wade BSc. Horticulture (WD096) 2013

"I worked in a variety of jobs over the years and eventually found myself working on a golf course. I realised this was where I wanted to be and for me to be able to compete for the jobs in the turf industry I needed to have qualifications. WIT has given me the opportunity to excel in my field of choice. It has given me both practice and theoretical knowledge that I need to further my career in the turf grass industry. As part of 2nd year work experience, I got the opportunity to complete a year long internship in  green keeping under 'The Ohio Program' at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The 3rd year of my degree has given me a good foundation for business management role which I am sure will benefit me in the future."


Siobhan Cusack BSc. Horticulture (WD096) 2013

"I previously studied Hotel and Catering. I worked in this industry for over 10 years and the last 3 were at management level. I had the opportunity to travel for several years. Most of the jobs I worked in were catering based. However in France, Holland, New Zealand and Australia I worked in both catering and horticulture. The horticultural jobs were mostly in orchards, vineyards and nurseries and covered vegetable production. When I compared the two I realised that preferred working outside compared to indoors and I had also developed a love for horticulture.
Consequently, when I returned to Ireland 5 years ago, I decided to retrain in horticulture and completed a FETAC Level 5 in Kildalton. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to increase my knowledge by completing the level 7 BSc. in WIT. This built on my basic knowledge while allowing me to focus in on areas I have a keen interest in such as landscape design, hort therapy, and protected and outdoor fruit and veg production. The course also developed my business skills. The work placement in second year allowed me to continue previous work in Blarney Castle Estate. This experience was invaluable. All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my studies and WIT's BSc. in horticulture has given me the confidence to build up and manage a small garden maintenance business while discovering other potential work areas including plant science research. Completing the level 7 WIT course has allowed me to apply for the Level 8 in Land Management in WIT which has opened up further employment opportunities. My business is still going well but in the future I hope to pursue a research Masters."

Tracey McDermott, BSc. Horticulture 2012 (WD096) and BSc. (Hons) Land Management 2013

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