Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Horticulture Science

Introduction

The Faculty of Horticultural Science, which was founded by a physician, Ferenc Entz in 1853, became one of the prominent places of European horticultural teaching during the last 150 years.

It is the consequence of the fact, that Hungarian society always gave a high priority to the training of agricultural specialists. All that time the school's aim was to convey up-to-date basic knowledge and form an ecological awareness in our graduates, who have good experiences in all sectors of horticulture, plant protection, farm management and ecological farming.

The Faculty played an important and traditional role in formation of number of special horticultural regions of Hungary, appreciated worldwide. The activity of our professors and research-workers contributed in a great deal to the development of such regions as Tokaj, specialized for wine production, Szeged and Kalocsa, which are known from its paprika production, or East-regions of Hungary, which produce numbers of delicious fruits. Our task was as well to contribute to the development of the ornamental and medicinal plant sectors. The Hungarian horticulture, as a whole, supported by our knowledge and education system, produced high quality food-products are known as "Hungaricum" worldwide.

We assume an obligation to prepare the students to start their home and international career by training communicative skills, career counseling and providing opportunity to study languages. Our multinational teaching and research cooperation help this idea, which are extended to the EU countries, as well to USA, Japan, Australia, etc.

Currently, there are more than 2000 students matriculated at the Faculty of Horticultural Science under B.Sc. and M.Sc. training in Hungary and in surroundings, including Serbia, Romania and Ukraine. The training of Ph.D. students, which means rising new generation of scientists, is one of the highly significant tasks of our education. Japan, American, EU and Middle East Institutions and Universities employ our former Ph.D. students, beyond to Hungary.

The Central Building of the Faculty of Horticultural Science is situated in one of the most beautiful part of Budapest, on the South slope of Gellért Hill. Otherwise, Budapest is the most important education and cultural center of Hungary and some of its sights counted to the world heritage. For all our students, beside the high quality education, historical, cultural facilities of this beautiful capital are available.

All students are welcome from both Hungary and abroad, who like to take part in high quality education on horticultural sciences and whish to be the citizen of our Faculty, want to be acquainted with Hungarian cultural life and with one of the most beautiful metropolises of the World.

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Programmes

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MSc

MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology

Campus Full time September 2017 Hungary Budapest

MSc graduates will be able to work in agricultural research, in agricultural administrative or executive positions, or as specialists in a variety of agricultural production technologies, such as e.g. quality control, the seed industry, development and controlling of micropropagation and GMO technologies, protection of cultivars, diagnostic methods or environmental safety. [+]

Specialization: Plant biotechnology The rapid development of biological sciences and the wide use of complex technologies in the plant industry necessitate the education of specialists who are able to transform the achievements of the basic sciences into practically useful technologies and products in everyday agricultural and horticultural practice. They will contribute to the effort to provide the required amount of quality food for the world’s growing population using environmentally friendly technologies. In addition, MSc graduates in Agricultural Biotechnology will have the know-how development of new plant products, such as e.g. functional foods, pharmacologically active substances and new industrial raw materials for the market. Agricultural biotechnologists are prepared for this role by being given a well-founded knowledge of natural sciences as well as of agricultural technologies, and by being taught laboratory skills. The MSc course is full-time and lasts for 4 semesters. During the first two semesters students acquire theoretical knowledge of basic sciences (organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, plant physiology and microbiology) and of molecular biology. In addition they get a thorough training in basic laboratory techniques. In the last two semesters the emphasis is laid on the preparation of a thesis, i.e. on individual scientific work. This is accompanied by introducing the students to the latest developments in specialized fields of plant biotechnology. MSc graduates will be able to work in agricultural research, in agricultural administrative or executive positions, or as specialists in a variety of agricultural production technologies, such as e.g. quality control, the seed industry, development and controlling of micropropagation and GMO technologies, protection of cultivars, diagnostic methods or environmental safety. - Education is running as full time course. The Agricultural Biotechnologist are able to - apply modern biotechnological processes, genetic engineering, and accomplish development engineering tasks - carry out biotechnological research, deepen their knowledge and apply the newest methods in plant cultivation, horticulture and animal husbandry - fill expert and counselling positions in state administration, at different international organisations, in the Chamber of Agriculture, and cooperatives - identify professional problems and provide solutions and carry out planning, development and research tasks comply and accomplish research and development programmes, projects and tenders requiring engineering expertise. Requirements for entering the program For foreign citizens: - academic BSc/MSc or equivalent degree in agricultural/life or related sciences; - English language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) knowledge. Canditates are expected to have basic science knowledge (demonstrated in the transcript) in life sciences, natural resources, agriculture, economics. Based on the credits of the applicants obtained in former graduation, additional maximum 24 credits from missing disciplines may be required during the study. Also eligible are applicants who will have completed a suitable degree by 31 July 2013, so that by the time of their enrollment they can present their diploma. Candidates from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have an internationally accepted English exam: TOEFL iBT min. 65, PBT 500, CBT 200 or IELTS at least a score of 5,5 or Cambridge CAE Certificate). These can be replaced by documentation of at least 2 years closed higher education study in an English program. [-]

MSc in Amenity Horticulture

Campus Full time September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The aim of the study is to provide Amenity Horticulture Engineers with the ability to work independently in order to create and sustain healthy human environment. [+]

The aim of the study is to provide Amenity Horticulture Engineers with the ability to work independently in order to create and sustain healthy human environment. They are aware of the ecological needs of plants and their propagation methods. They are able to fill planning and development engineering, research or leadership positions or continue their studies for a PhD degree. - Education is running as full time course. The Amenity Horticulture Engineers are able to - apply the newest research results and methods as well as practical processes in horticulture and plant selection - fill leadership positions in horticulture and green area planting considering scientific, environmental, technological and economic requirements - apply the complex, interdisciplinary knowledge in connection with ornamental plants concerning cultivation, sale, quality control and sustainability - apply and develop ornamental plant cultivation systems with regard to the environment - identify scientific problems and find solutions to them using and managing research and development programmes and projects - critically adapt and creatively apply scientific literature - identify special problems, work out solutions, carry out innovative planning, development and research tasks - provide special counselling - manage projects and tenders - organise and control cultivation processes, apply research results. Requirements for entering the program For foreign citizens: - academic BSc/MSc or equivalent degree in agricultural/life or related sciences; - English language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) knowledge. Canditates are expected to have basic science knowledge (demonstrated in the transcript) in life sciences, natural resources, agriculture, economics. Based on the credits of the applicants obtained in former graduation, additional maximum 24 credits from missing disciplines may be required during the study. Also eligible are applicants who will have completed a suitable degree by 31 July 2013, so that by the time of their enrollment they can present their diploma. Candidates from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have an internationally accepted English exam: TOEFL iBT min. 65, PBT 500, CBT 200 or IELTS at least a score of 5,5 or Cambridge CAE Certificate). These can be replaced by documentation of at least 2 years closed higher education study in an English program. [-]

MSc in Horticulture

Campus Full time September 2017 Hungary Budapest

Horticulture is the most dynamic and colourful sector of agriculture. The tasks of horticultural engineers have been broadening and consist of not only cultivation and primary processing of plants but includes also management, consulting, organising activity, quality assurance, marketing and services. [+]

Horticulture is the most dynamic and colourful sector of agriculture. The tasks of horticultural engineers have been broadening and consist of not only cultivation and primary processing of plants but includes also management, consulting, organising activity, quality assurance, marketing and services. After graduation, the students will be able organising and leading the production and marketing of horticultural enterprises of different size and character, carry out the tasks of managers, counsellors, engineers, take part in research and education. To fullfill these requirements, the master program offers knowledge in horticultural and natural sciences, interdisciplinary aspects, an up-to-date basic knowledge and practical skills. Beside the special horticultural modules (ornamentals, fruits, medicinal plants, vegetables, grape and wine) the study program includes genetical, physiological, ecological, biometrical and related subjects. During the study, the students have theoretical lectures, laboratory and farm practices, filed visits. There is a quite large freedom of the students in choosing courses according the personal interest. During preparation of the thesis, they learn research practice, solving problems, synthetize results, thus, a possible PhD study is grounded. The study courses are completed by a 4 week’s farm practice period. The program offers courses in the topics of breeding and biotechnology, plant and soil biochemistry, crop management, economics, crop ecophysiology and additional subjects. The curiculum consists of lectures, laboratory and farm practices. Students may choose a research topic – after the first semester – connected to one of the 5 horticultural branches (fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, ornamentals and viticulture) or their interdisciplinary aspects. The thesis is based on individual research work and should be defended at the end of the 4th semester. After graduation, the students will be able organising and leading the production and marketing of horticultural enterprises of different size and character, carry out the tasks of managers, counsellors, engineers, take part in research and education. According to our Multiple Degree agreement, the students of this program - when fullfilling the requirements of partial foreign education – may get the degree also at the partner universities (TUM –München, BOKU - Bécs, UNIBO - Bologna, Humboldt - Berlin) Requirements for entering the program For foreign citizens: - academic BSc/MSc or equivalent degree in agricultural/life or related sciences; - English language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) knowledge. Canditates are expected to have basic science knowledge (demonstrated in the transcript) in life sciences, natural resources, agriculture, economics. Based on the credits of the applicants obtained in former graduation, additional maximum 24 credits from missing disciplines may be required during the study. Also eligible are applicants who will have completed a suitable degree by 31 July 2013, so that by the time of their enrollment they can present their diploma. Candidates from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have an internationally accepted English exam: TOEFL iBT min. 65, PBT 500, CBT 200 or IELTS at least a score of 5,5 or Cambridge CAE Certificate). These can be replaced by documentation of at least 2 years closed higher education study in an English program. [-]