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MSc Sustainable Horticulture

MSc Sustainable Horticulture at Aberystwyth University is a distance learning programme designed for work-based horticulture practitioners who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in scientific horticulture, innovation, conservation and sustainability. It is also suitable for those aspiring to start or change to a career in horticulture, who wish to increase their employability by gaining a postgraduate qualification; or those with a more general interest in the subject.


MSc Sustainable Horticulture at Aberystwyth University is offered in collaboration with the National Botanic Garden of Wales (NGBW) and the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) Graduate School for the Environment. Students will benefit from Aberystwyth University’s long tradition of innovative plant science research, NGBW’s expertise in plant cultivation, propagation and conservation and CAT’s globally respected approach to sustainability. Each institution has a world-leading reputation in their respective areas of expertise. This collaborative approach will equip tomorrow’s horticulturalists to play their part in creating a more sustainable horticulture sector.

This course can be taken entirely by distance learning with the option of incorporating residential modules at CAT’s environmental education centre in Wales.

Scheme Structure

Module Credits
Options ( 35 ) Controlled Environment Agriculture 20
Ecological Assessment 15
Food Production and Consumption 15
Plant Breeding 20
Restoration Ecology 15
Sustainable Supply Systems 20
The Science of Sustainable Food Production 15
Core ( 145 ) Conservation Horticulture 15
Dissertation 60
Horticultural Science 20
Introduction to Sustainability and Adaptation 15
Research Methods 20
Sustainability and Adaptation: Concepts in Practice 15

Downloadable Resources

Research Proposal Form Brochure