Horticulture – production, commerce, services

Horticulture – production, commerce, services

At a glance

Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science

Duration of studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)



Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restrictions


Course content

Horticulture ranges from gardening production to horticultural products through to gardening services. Horticultural engineers are responsible for more than just technical matters. As a horticultural engineer, you also have the task of putting your academic and scientific expertise in technological engineering, labour management, and business administration to good use in professional horticultural practice.

In the core studies (1st - 3rd semesters), you will acquire the necessary scientific grounding. You need to have a good grasp of mathematics and physics if, for example, you want to calculate the size of a heating installation, and a good knowledge of chemistry if you need to know about mixing the right liquid fertilisers together. From the first semester, you will also begin to gain insights into the different aspects of horticulture: tree care and management, vegetable gardening, fruit growing, cultivation of herbaceous plants, and ornamental plant cultivation.

In the specialist studies (4th, 5th, and 7th semesters), you can pursue your own individual interests and career goals. There are two possible specialisation options:

  • Production Horticultural
  • Horticultural Commerce and Services

Within each of these two fields, you can select the various modules you would like to study. The specialist studies include a practical training semester (6th semester).

As a graduate of the programme, you can assume a managerial role in gardening production, commerce in horticultural products and in gardening services, e.g. in offices offering technical and management advice, in chambers of commerce, associations, or public services. Research and development in agricultural, forestry, and food sciences is a further potential career path. Further opportunities for employment are available in sales, distribution, and consultancy work for businesses in the seed, plant protection, and fertiliser and substrate industries. Publishers of specialist gardening magazines are another potential employer. These numerous opportunities mean that you frequently do not just work in an office but also, for example, in greenhouses, areas of cultivation or experimental cultivation, in laboratories, and in the field service working with the company's customers.




Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Gartenbau und Lebensmitteltechnologie
Am Staudengarten 10
85354 Freising

T +49 8161 71-3378
F +49 8161 71-4417
gl [at]hswt.de

Department Chair's Office

Uta Gruber
Miriam Weber
Am Staudengarten 10
Office hours:
Monday to Friday 07:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Subject Advisor

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Information material

Flyer Horticulture