Horticultural Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The M.Sc. Horticultural Science trains experts in the breeding and production of horticultural crops. During the course of study, contents relevant to the entire field of horticulture are taught, with a focus on applied plant sciences.

TUM School of Life Sciences

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

The study program covers the entire field of horticultural production. Theoretical lectures are supplemented to a large extent by practical modules. The research-oriented teaching strenghens the students' bioscientific methodological competences and prepares them for national and international research and development positions in the field of plant science.

The international master's program in Horticultural Science is carried out by a teaching and research consortium of six European universities (including TUM) with location-specific research and teaching skills. Thanks to this cooperation students can develop an individual competence profile during their studies. At TUM a specialization is possible in the fields 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.

In 2008 and 2013 the M.Sc. Horticultural Science was awarded with the European Unions Erasmus Mundus award. This honor is received by international master's degree programs, which raise the quality of European university education and promote intercultural exchange.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

At TUM two compulsory modules (read in the winter semester) convey key competencies in the areas of "Crop Physiology" and "Crop Quality" with a focus on horticultural crops. This includes the genetic, molecular and biochemical basis of plant physiology, especially the pre- and post-harvest physiology of horticultural plant species and their fruits, but also of stress physiology (abiotic and biotic). In addition, the compulsory modules provide knowledge in material flows in horticultural culture systems and an understanding of those factors that affect physiology and quality.

Besides the compulsory modules, the degree program offers students a large number of elective modules, which enable them to specialize in various fields during the course of their studies, but especially in the second and third semesters.  

Mobility is an integral part of the study program. In semester two and three students can complete part of their lectures (max. 30 ECTS) at one of our partner universities in Germany, Italy, Austria and Hungary.

Information about our partner universities can be found here

Semester four is a research semester in which students complete their master's thesis. The thesis shall include experimental and analytical aspects and refines the students' professional profile. Due to its scientific excellence with international reputation, a rich spectrum of possibilities for thesis projects at the bachelor, master or Ph.D. level are offered at TUM.

In detail:

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills. For further information from the department regarding alternative proof of English language proficiency, please click here.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Graduates have in-depth knowledge of plant breeding, plant nutrition, growth and yield physiology, development regulation and biotechnology.


  • know and understand methods of breeding, production and quality assessment of horticultural crops, they can apply them and develop them further;
  • can identify, further develop and apply innovations and potentials relevant to horticulture production;
  • may select and apply appropriate methods for statistical analysis and critical evaluation of complex data sets, as well as for structured presentation and communication of results;
  • can handle information and knowledge systems.


Through the skills learned, graduates are able to correctly classify new insights and develop solution strategies for current and future challenges in horticultural science.

Job perspectives with a master degree in the horticultural sciences are excellent. The studies qualify for executive positions in enterprises of horticulture and related industries, such as sectors of the pharmaceutical industry active in agricultural and horticultural plant production. Owing to its scientific contents it prepares in particular for research and development activities in the area of plant breeding, plant production, quality management (analytics), plant protection and plant nutrition.

Moreover, a master degree in the horticultural sciences qualifies for research positions in academic or non-academic research institutions, in federal research facilities such as the 'Landesanstalten' in Germany, but also for research and teaching positions at colleges or universities, active in horticulture or related fields.

Also, positions in federal ministries, governmental agricultural departments, horticultural associations, or international organizations such as the EU, the UNO or the WHO are employment possibilities. Other examples of job opportunities for graduates are positions in research funding organizations, in the area of scientific or agricultural/horticultural journalism, or in the field of intellectual property right or plant variety protection.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

You can find the form for the Curricular Analysis on the homepage of the department.

We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.10. - 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are rejected or invited to an admissions interview

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.  

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. 

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.