Could you find innovative solutions to solve our global food production issues? Learn the skills you need to grow your career with our Plant Science degree course.
By 2050 the global population is predicted to increase to more than 9 billion people and the horticultural produce required will be more than double of that today. The world needs more horticulturalists!
With only 22% of the fruit and veg we consume in the UK being grown on home soil, the horticultural sector needs forward-thinking graduates who can develop sustainable solutions to our food production problems.
72% of businesses in the horticultural sector are struggling to recruit graduates especially for technical, academic and managerial roles
Our degree course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and has been expertly designed with input from our professional advisors and employers.
Use industry-standard facilities
You will have access to industry standard facilities based at our £9 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology.
You will have access to cutting-edge facilities which includes a micropropagation unit, three fully-automated glasshouses with ‘Priva’ computer controlled hydroponic systems, LED top and inter-crop lighting and a computerised environmental control system.
Our facilities are a research hub for horticultural trials within the crop production industry and you will also have the opportunity to participate in industry-led crop trials.
Our campus has 21-hectares of formal gardens and grounds which form the perfect learning environment for the study of plant science. Our plans for vertical farming facilities and updated lab facilities with soil and water analysis equipment are well underway.
Gain industry experience
We are committed to providing you with the industry experience you need to succeed. You will benefit from our working relationship with leading growers, suppliers and organisations such as the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) and Plant Heritage.
You will be learning in smaller-sized seminar groups with like-minded people who share your passion for the industry and expert lecturers will be on-hand to support you throughout your academic career.
Human existence depends on our understanding of how plants grow. This course will enable you to understand and manipulate that process to encourage healthy and fruitful crops. Our cutting-edge facilities will allow you to pursue your own interests within the subject – no matter how esoteric. As a graduate of this course, you will be well equipped to manage, conduct research or run your own business within the sphere of horticulture
With a national skills shortage reported, there has never been a better time to follow a career in this growth industry.
Build key employability skills
Our award-winning, internationally successful team of staff will help you to develop your academic knowledge and gain valuable experience in ornamental and large-scale crop production techniques.
We work with leading producers of fresh produce, protected ornamentals and nursery stock and you will build essential employability skills with offsite visits and international study tours*.
Your exciting career opportunities
As a graduate with relevant industry experience, this sector can offer many rewarding career routes that combine scientific knowledge and technology with applied practical skills.
Here are just some of the careers available:
*Study tours available at an additional cost.
BSc (Hons) Horticulture Science and Production Technology (First Class) 2019
My family has a cut flower business in Lincolnshire growing lillies, tulips and scented stocks for supermarkets. I’ll help to run it eventually but first I wanted to gain a broader knowledge and learn new techniques.
I chose Reaseheath because its horticultural facilities were by far the best of all the universities I Iooked at. There’s been a lot of investment and the degree is good because it covers a wide range of topics and research projects such as propagating rare plants.
I’ve continued to gain experience as a glasshouse technician here since I graduated, then plan
to work abroad. I have very transferable skills so I’m going to make the most of them!
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