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Study Horticulture in Weihenstephan

Horticulture - production, trade, services

From regional to global with sustainability in mind - this is how our graduates shape the entire value chain for "green" products.

Your studies in a nutshell
  • Duration  7 semesters
  • Language  German
  • Location  Campus Weihenstephan
  • Semester  Winter semester
  • Work  With in-depth practice / Work-study programme in the form of combined studies / Dual
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Admission restriction


Application deadline

29 April – 15 July 2024

What characterises the Horticulture degree programme

In the Bachelor's degree programme in Horticulture at the Weihenstephan campus, you will get to know a fascinating science - in the truest sense of the word: The degree programme is part of the Agricultural Science subject area and covers horticultural production as well as the trade in horticultural products and the horticultural service sector.

These three factors in particular speak in favour of studying Horticulture at Weihenstephan:

You can find more videos about the degree programme on our YouTube channel

Study contents of the Horticulture degree programme

Studierende studieren Nutzpflanzen im Labor

From the 1st to 3rd semester, you will be taught the scientific basics you need for Horticulture. Mathematical and physical knowledge is required if you want to calculate the size of a heating system, for example. You will need knowledge of chemistry, for example, when it comes to the miscibility of liquid fertilisers. From the 1st semester onwards, you will also gain an insight into the practice-orientated areas of Horticulture: tree nursery, vegetable growing, fruit growing, perennial gardening and ornamental plant cultivation.

From the 4th semester onwards, you can pursue your individual interests and career goals. You therefore have two study programmes to choose from.

Franco-German study programme: Double degree in Horticulture

Together with the Agrocampus Ouest-Centre d'Angers, the department offers a study extension for the Horticulture - Production, Trade, Services degree programme: the Franco-German double degree. This gives you the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from HSWT and an „Ingénieur Grade Master“ degree from the Agrocampus.

Structure of the Horticulture degree programme

The Study and Examination Regulations (SPO) stipulate compulsory modules for all students on the Bachelor's degree programme in Horticulture. You can also sharpen your profile by taking required elective modules: Both your interests and your personal goals play a role here in order to deepen your industry or task expertise.

Career prospects after your Horticulture degree programme

Gartenbau-Studentin betrachtet Pflanzen auf einer Bergwiese

When you graduate from the Horticulture - Production, Trade, Services degree programme, you will have qualified as a responsible manager.

Potential career opportunities include

  • Production companies in all areas of horticulture (tree nurseries, vegetable growing, fruit growing, perennial nurseries and ornamental plant cultivation)
  • Trading companies, garden centres & marketing facilities
  • Private & public advisory organisations
  • Teaching/testing centres and research institutes
  • Fruit & vegetable processing companies & the food industry
  • Companies in the supply industry (fertilisers, soils, packaging)

What do our Horticulture alumni do?

The results from the nationwide survey of graduates in Horticulture provide information on how they find their career entry, in which areas they work and how they assess their studies in retrospect: Horticulture career field analysis 2016/17

"Career opportunities in Horticulture" film on the YouTube video portal

Dual study models

Are you thinking about a practical alternative to studying or can't decide whether to start a vocational qualification or a degree programme? Would you like to increase the practical part of your degree programme and slowly grow into a company? Then our dual study programmes are just right for you!

Study including vocational qualification (work-study programme in the form of combined studies)

In a total of just 4.5 years, you can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree and a vocational qualification as a gardener specialising in production horticulture.

Contact persons for joint degree programmes

course with intensive practical work

You can apply to our cooperation partners for admission to the course with intensive practical work from the Horticulture degree programme. At least 10 months of practical experience must be completed during the semester breaks and in the practical semester. In most cases, the Bachelor's thesis is also completed at the partner company.

Why study Horticulture at Weihenstephan?

At the Weihenstephan campus on the west side of the city of Freising, the Horticulture and Food Technology department offers an ideal environment for Horticulture students. Together with the Technical University of Munich, the State Institute for Agriculture and other institutions, the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf forms the Science and Research Centre Weihenstephan, where these location advantages await you.

Our degree programme ambassador

Make it easier for yourself to choose a degree programme and talk to people who are already in the middle of it. Our programme ambassadors will tell you about their experiences at HSWT. Tamara Marx and Benjamin Kramer are degree programme ambassadors for the Horticulture degree programme.

POrträt von Tamara Marx

I decided to study Horticulture at HSWT straight after leaving school. I had no connection to Horticulture before I started studying, but I quickly found my passion here. Thanks to the numerous and varied modules and elective options, every student has the chance to gain an insight into the most diverse areas of Horticulture. This allows everyone to pursue their individual interests and find the right path for them. At the HSWT, I really appreciate the practical learning both in the lecture theatres and in the teaching gardens and greenhouses. A wide variety of practical exercises often allow students to directly try out and consolidate what they have learnt. The lecturers impress with their specialist knowledge and are always happy to help with any problems or questions that arise. Thanks to the cosy atmosphere in Freising, you quickly make friends with other students and feel at home after a short time.

If you have any questions about studying or would like to attend a lecture one day, please feel free to contact me by email ( or on Instagram (gartenbau.hswt).

Benjamin Kramer

Porträt von Benjamin Kramer

Moving from my home town of Hamburg to Freising was a real change for me at first. But it's a change that I really like. Freising scores with its cosy and manageable old town, where student life is still not neglected. You can get around the whole town in a short time by bike or on foot and you always meet someone you know, both there and on campus. The University of applied sciences is not characterised by anonymity, as is the case at some universities. The small group sizes create a great learning atmosphere in which every question and request is dealt with in detail so that every student is taken on board.
However, if I ever get a hankering for the big city flair again, I can get to Munich quickly and easily.

For more information about the degree programme and student life, you can check out our Instagram channel (gartenbau.hswt). If you have any questions or would like a campus tour, you can also contact me at

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