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International Horticulture

International Horticulture
(Master of Science)

© Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
© Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Course type
postgraduate studies (master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
English, German
Special Requirements

Language proof of foreign language skills

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The Master of Science programme 'International Horticulture' is research oriented and well positioned to respond to the needs of actors in the horticultural sector throughout the world. Fruits, vegetables, flowers and trees – improving their quality, yield, economic performance and their eco-friendly cultivation are the domain of horticultural scientists.

The programme’s main research areas range from molecular plant breeding and plant architecture modeling to biotechnology, crop production and horticultural value chains to the economics of crop production and market research. According to the major of choice, the programme is taught excusively in English or German.

Further information for students on the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Areas of Focus

  • Major in Economics (English)
  • Major in Gartenbauliche Wertschöpfungsketten (German)
  • Major in Plant Biotechnology, Physiology and Genetics (English)
  • Major in Plant Production and Propagation (English)
Course Content

The standard course duration of the M.Sc. International Horticulture is four semesters, starting October 1 of the winter semester. Students specialize in one of the above listed majors. According to their interests, students choose one out of four majors, which will considerably influence the research project during the course of the programme.

Planning of the research project starts at the beginning of the first semester and the research proposal is presented subsequently during colloquia. In parallel to research,students take compulsory and elective courses.

Apart from natural science or economics courses, students are offered courses supporting their future leadership, such as ethics, management, intercultural communication, as well as language courses.

Recommended Abilities

Interest in fundamental research in the field of plant science are expected.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work in numerous fields of natural sciences, engineering and economics. With a strong background in research, they take up leading positions in universities, national and international research agencies and international organisations.

Apart from research positions, graduates have found employment with banks, higher administration, government offices, NGOs, consulting firms and the global horticultural and agricultural industry.

As the horticultural sector is rapidly growing, employment opportunities will remain high in the future.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or an equivalent degree in horticulture, biology, biotechnology, agriculture, economics or related fields.

For the majors Economics, Plant Production and Propagation and Plant Biotechnology, Physiology and Genetics English language level B2 is required.

Major in Plant Production and Propagation Requirements:

  • 30 ECTS-LP in biology, chemistry, physics, math
  • 30 ECTS-LP in plant production, plant nutrition, plant pathology, agricultural engineering

Major in Economics Requirements:

  • 30 ECTS-LP in agricultural economy, macro-economics, industrial management, theory of markets
  • 30 ECTS-LP in plant production, plant nutrition, plant pathology, agricultural engineering

Major in Plant Biotechnology, Physiology and Genetics Requirements:

  • 30 ECTS-LP in biology, chemistry, physics, math
  • 30 ECTS-LP in genetics, physiology, biotechnology, plant breeding


For master's degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations:

Admission and special language Regulations Degree Programme International Horticulture

Please note: The majors "Plant Production and Propagation", "Plant Biotechnology, Physiology and Genetics" and "Economics" can only be studied in English. If you would like to apply for the German major "Gartenbauliche Wertschöpfungsketten", please use the German website.

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester

You want to apply?

  • Application for a DAAD Scholarship

    DAAD Scholarship

    The MSc International Horticulture is part of the DAAD-EPOS-programme. Young professionals from developing countries and emerging economies with at least two years of work experience may apply for a scholarship. If you want to apply for a DAAD scholarship, please do not apply via the university's online portal, but send your application via postal mail to the university only!

    The following information is for the three english majors:

    • Plant Production and Propagation,
    • Plant Biotechnology, Physiology and Genetics and
    • Economics 

    Application Deadline

    • generally: 1st October of the previous year (e.g. 01 October 2020 for intake October 2021)

    Application via Mail

    Please apply by postal mail only to the following address:

    MSc International Horticulture
    Faculty of Natural Sciences
    Leibniz University Hanover
    Herrenhäuser Str. 2
    30419 Hannover, Germany

    Required application documents:

    Application for the DAAD Scholarship is possible by postal mail only. Please do not staple your documents.

    *Please note:  Do not answer questions 10 & 11. Just state your preferred supervisor in the MSc Application Form. Do not contact your preferred supervisor in advance! All applications will be transferred to the stated preferred supervisors when selected.

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