MSc Horticulture

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Develop your knowledge of sustainable practices, new technologies, science and research to produce plants and crops, with our MSc Horticulture at ARU Writtle.

Horticulture encompasses a diverse range of activities – from landscaping to production of food and non-food crops.

With population growth and climate change impacting upon production, it’s vital to investigate new growing systems and establish crops which can be grown sustainably and transported to market with minimal losses.

As a student at ARU Writtle you’ll have access to a research glasshouse, our campus farm and the Postharvest Unit, which undertakes research and trials with commercial companies. We’ll also arrange visits to growers and post-harvest facilities.

This gives you the opportunity to study a range of crops and develop an understanding of postharvest handling.

On campus, you’ll hear from visiting speakers and build your awareness of the latest trends and research in industry.

There are opportunities to specialise as the course progresses, with a range of optional modules.

Our Masters degree is ideal if you want to develop your knowledge of horticulture and take the next step in your career.

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Specialist facilities and resources

Study at ARU Writtle and:

  • access our research glasshouse, campus farm, and Postharvest Unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies
  • examine crop growing using campus resources, and through visits to growers and postharvest facilities
  • hear about the latest industry trends and research from visiting speakers.
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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • benefit from extensive library and IT resources
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


On successful completion of this MSc Horticulture, you'll posses the knowledge and skills to gain employment in management positions with major import/export organisations, crop producers and horticultural enterprises. There are also opportunities to undertake further research.

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Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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