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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 580
  • Foreign: $ 580
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 31 May
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 337pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    The Master's programme in Horticultural Science 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 Master's programme in Horticultural Science 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 in particular, 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.

    Educational organisation

    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 are offered at TUM. The thesis is co-supervised by a lecturer from one of the partner universities.

    Study abroad unit(s)

    At least 20 credits must be obtained at a partner university.
    Students who follow a specified curriculum and obtain credits at a partner university worth at least 30 ECTS, will, in addition to the Master's certificate from TUM, also obtain a diploma of completion from certain partner universities. If you are aiming for this option, please discuss it in a timely manner after starting your studies with your student adviser.



    Forms of assessment

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    Course objectives

    The emphasis of this programme is to enable students to engage in horticultural research and development, consulting services, horticultural education, and management in horticultural industries. This encompasses the following horticultural fields: highly developed skills and knowledge in horticultural applied plant sciences (plant physiology, biotechnology, molecular level), greenhouse management, breeding competence (conventional breeding, marker assisted breeding, biotechnology in breeding), crop management (growing of vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants), soil management and irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest handling and storage, crop quality, crop quality management and food safety (fruits, vegetables), and soft skills (team competence, language skills, etc.).

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Language requirements

    Applicants must provide proof of their English skills before the end of the application period.
    Information about recognised language certificates:

    Academic requirements

    Admittance to the Master's programme requires a Bachelor of Science degree at a university or a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule), in a study programme belonging to the life sciences, either in Germany or abroad. Qualifying study programmes 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 programme 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.

    Enrolment fees

    Approx. 115 EUR per semester, the fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in Munich:

    Costs of living

    In order to cover personal expenses while studying in Freising, we recommend that a single participant budget around 680 EUR per month for accommodation, living, health insurance, books and miscellaneous expenses.

    Job opportunities

    We assist students in finding part-time jobs. Student assistant positions are also available.

    Arrival support

    TUM's International Center offers a special programme tailored for international students, TUMinternational (TUMi). The TUMi programme provides help and advice for new students as well as a cultural programme with events scheduled both prior to and during the academic periods.
    The service desk of the Student Service Center is the first contact point for international students. We are here to help you with issues such as applications, enrolment, student cards etc. Furthermore, we offer various three- to six-week summer schools combining academics with a rich menu of educational and social activities as a foretaste of university life. For international students who have been admitted to a degree programme, the Student Service Center offers a four-week pre-study course designed to help you get started at the TUM. Students new to TUM are invited to the service fair "Fit for TUM" which takes place before the semester officially starts, to get an overview of the various offerings of support services at TUM.
    Learning German: While the language of instruction for many of TUM's postgraduate programmes is English, learning German and thus being able to participate in daily German life at a deeper level enriches the experience of studying and living in Munich. As such, TUM's Language Centre offers language classes for students at all levels, both prior to and during the semester:

    Services and support for international students

    Our contact person can provide assistance. Please contact Dr Sybille Michaelis at


    It's not easy to find a place to live in Freising - but it's not impossible either!
    With high rents and not enough rooms in halls of residence, the Freising rental market is one of the most competitive in Germany - especially for students.

    Student halls of residence usually offer affordable accommodation for students. The Munich Student Union runs most of these halls of residence - more information at (Please scroll down to: Accommodation in Freising.)

    TUM supports students and employees in their search for accommodation, providing personal advice, in-house listings and useful information to ensure that you can quickly find a place to call your own:

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