Graduate Study
Horticulture

Horticulture is a part of agriculture facing challenge of the 21st century - to produce enough high quality vegetables, fruits, grapes and wine, ornamental, aromatic and medicinal plants without influencing negatively on environment. Horticultural crops growing has high economic importance in the world as well as in Croatia, needing different level of knowledge suited for hobbyists, professional producers and scientists. For that reasons Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb started their undergraduate study program (BSc) Horticulture in the year 2005, and with the academic year 2008/09 firs students will enroll graduate study (MSc.) Horticulture. The duration of the program is four semesters, worth 120 ECTS credits and it finishes with defending of completed diploma thesis.

Degree in Horticulture is the gateway to a wide variety of careers such as technologist in fruit, vegetables and ornamental growing, horticultural crops nursery or wine cellar, supervisor or extensionist in state or local administration as well as researcher or teacher on scientific institutes, high schools and universities. In order to be well prepared for the future career students enroll one of four specialties: Fruit Growing, Ornamental Plants, Vegetable Growing and Viticulture and Enology. Besides compulsory modules for each specialty high number of elective modules enables study suited to student's individual needs and professional goals.

Study Programme Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Goran Fruk, PhD

Objective 

Based on current scientific knowledge and contemporary teaching process, students will be able to acquire generic and field specific competencies that are needed to achieve sustainable development goals and to work in different fields of fruit growing.

The objective is to make students qualified for participation in research in scientific fields of integrated and sustainable production in horticulture, conducted at higher education and scientific research institutions as well as for further education at postgraduate study.  Furthermore, students are prepared for starting self-employment and managing various jobs in the field of horticulture and fruit growing within a large number of professional and scientific research institutions such as Ministry of Agriculture, Croatian Agricultural Extension Service, Croatian Centre for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, scientific research institutions and state agencies and ministries as well as in the companies involved in horticultural production, consulting and distribution.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the plant anatomy and explain the biochemical and physiological processes in the plant with the aim to ensure proper selection of technological practices in the production and processing of horticultural species.
  2. Select and apply contemporary analytical-chemical, genetic, biometric and statistical methods in horticultural production and scientific research.
  3. Explain the genetic background of species origin and argue the need and method of preserving biodiversity as well as to develop and maintain breeding programmes of horticultural species.
  4. Distinguish horticultural species and the most important varieties and analyse suitability for the specific production, environmental and market conditions.
  5. Analyse the suitability of environmental conditions for growing horticultural species and varieties and explain the relationship between genotype and environment.
  6. Organize production of seed and planting materials of horticultural species.
  7. Plan and organize the production of horticultural species for various purposes outdoors and indoors and critically evaluate technological solutions respecting the principles of sustainable development.
  8. Recommend contemporary management practices in horticultural species establishment and to select the appropriate technology line of machinery and equipment.
  9. Distinguish the most important pests of horticultural species and recommend ways of their control aimed at cost-effective and organically sustainable production.
  10. Recognise technological maturity and organize harvest, storage and processing of horticultural raw materials for various purposes. Manage the physiological, microbiological and biochemical processes during storage of raw materials and products.
  11. Determine the quality, health and scientific value of horticultural products based on their chemical and sensory characteristics and to identify the defects and causes of their origin.
  12. Lead or participate in multidisciplinary research or production team in national or international environment and present results of scientific research and professional activities.
  13. Acquire knowledge for further education on postgraduate doctoral and specialist studies.
  14. Organize establishment and management of farms and small or medium-sized enterprises in the field of horticultural production.

Study Programme Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Tatjana Prebeg, PhD

Objective 

Based on current scientific knowledge and contemporary teaching process, students will be able to acquire generic and field specific competencies that are needed to achieve sustainable development goals and to work in different fields of production, care and maintenance of ornamental plants. The objective is to make students qualified to continue education at the postgraduate study level as well as for research in higher education institutions and research institutes in following scientific fields: botany, plant physiology, plant nutrition, genetics, plant breeding, seed science, propagation, plant protection, human-plant and plant-environment interaction. Furthermore, students will be able to start self-employment and managing various jobs in the field of production, maintenance and care of public and private green areas within a large number of professional and scientific research institutions, utility services as well as in the companies for production and distribution of seeds and planting material of ornamental plants and the production of plant species for various purposes, in extension services, distribution centres and consulting companies.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the plant anatomy and explain the biochemical and physiological processes in the plant with the aim to ensure proper selection of technological practices in the production and processing of horticultural species.
  2. Select and apply contemporary analytical-chemical, genetic, biometric and statistical methods in horticultural production and scientific research.
  3. Explain the genetic background of species origin and argue the need and method of preserving biodiversity as well as to develop and maintain breeding programmes of horticultural species.
  4. Distinguish horticultural species and the most important varieties and analyse suitability for the specific production, environmental and market conditions.
  5. Analyse the suitability of environmental conditions for growing horticultural species and varieties and explain the relationship between genotype and environment.
  6. Organize production of seed and planting materials of horticultural species.
  7. Plan and organize the production of horticultural species for various purposes outdoors and indoors and critically evaluate technological solutions respecting the principles of sustainable development.
  8. Recommend contemporary management practices in horticultural species establishment and to select the appropriate technology line of machinery and equipment.
  9. Distinguish the most important pests of horticultural species and recommend ways of their control aimed at cost-effective and organically sustainable production.
  10. Recognise technological maturity and organize harvest, storage and processing of horticultural raw materials for various purposes. Manage the physiological, microbiological and biochemical processes during storage of raw materials and products.
  11. Determine the quality, health and scientific value of horticultural products based on their chemical and sensory characteristics and to identify the defects and causes of their origin.
  12. Lead or participate in multidisciplinary research or production team in national or international environment and present results of scientific research and professional activities.
  13. Acquire knowledge for further education on postgraduate doctoral and specialist studies.
  14. Organize establishment and management of farms and small or medium-sized enterprises in the field of horticultural production.

Study Programme Coordinator: Prof. Nina Toth, PhD

Objective 

The objective of the graduate study programme Horticulture, major Vegetable Growing is to generate educated and responsible experts able to work in various jobs within contemporary vegetable production. An attractive curriculum as well as the use of modern teaching methods and techniques enable students to develop general and field specific competencies that are essential tools for actively resolving many challenges and rapid changes in the contemporary vegetable production brought by technological innovations on a global scale, the increasing market demand for quality vegetables and food safety and environmental protection principles. By integrating teaching, research and practical work upon completion of the study, students are qualified to independently manage technological processes of vegetable, mushroom, aromatic or medicinal plants production in integrated, organic and hydroponic systems, indoors and outdoors, with rational and economically justified use of natural resources. Furthermore, students are qualified to teach at secondary schools and higher education institutions, conduct research at higher education institutions and scientific institutes, continue education at postgraduate study in the field of biotechnology, manage complex tasks in extension services as well as in services for control of agricultural products, state administration and industry of production, processing, seed marketing, planting material, fresh and processed vegetables, aromatic and medicinal herbs.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the plant anatomy and explain the biochemical and physiological processes in the plant with the aim to ensure proper selection of technological practices in the production and processing of horticultural species.
  2. Select and apply contemporary analytical-chemical, genetic, biometric and statistical methods in horticultural production and scientific research.
  3. Explain the genetic background of species origin and argue the need and method of preserving biodiversity as well as to develop and maintain breeding programmes of horticultural species.
  4. Distinguish horticultural species and the most important varieties and analyse suitability for the specific production, environmental and market conditions.
  5. Analyse the suitability of environmental conditions for growing horticultural species and varieties and explain the relationship between genotype and environment.
  6. Organize production of seed and planting materials of horticultural species.
  7. Plan and organize the production of horticultural species for various purposes outdoors and indoors and critically evaluate technological solutions respecting the principles of sustainable development.
  8. Recommend contemporary management practices in horticultural species establishment and to select the appropriate technology line of machinery and equipment.
  9. Distinguish the most important pests of horticultural species and recommend ways of their control aimed at cost-effective and organically sustainable production.
  10. Recognise technological maturity and organize harvest, storage and processing of horticultural raw materials for various purposes. Manage the physiological, microbiological and biochemical processes during storage of raw materials and products.
  11. Determine the quality, health and scientific value of horticultural products based on their chemical and sensory characteristics and to identify the defects and causes of their origin.
  12. Lead or participate in multidisciplinary research or production team in national or international environment and present results of scientific research and professional activities.
  13. Acquire knowledge for further education on postgraduate doctoral and specialist studies.
  14. Organize establishment and management of farms and small or medium-sized enterprises in the field of horticultural production.

Study Programme Coordinator: Prof. Jasminka Karoglan Kontić, PhD

Objective 

Based on current scientific knowledge and contemporary teaching process, students will be able to acquire generic and field specific competencies that are needed to achieve sustainable development goals and to work in different fields of viticulture and enology. The objective is to make students qualified for research in scientific fields of grapevine biology and ecology, ampelography, winemaking biochemistry and microbiology and grape and wine production technology, conducted at higher education and scientific research institutions as well as for further education at the postgraduate study level. Furthermore, it enables students to start self-employment and manage various jobs in the production of grapevine, wine, grapevine planting material, machinery and equipment as well as in professional institutions and state and local administration, state agencies, advisory and distribution centres and consulting companies.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the plant anatomy and explain the biochemical and physiological processes in the plant with the aim to ensure proper selection of technological practices in the production and processing of horticultural species.
  2. Select and apply contemporary analytical-chemical, genetic, biometric and statistical methods in horticultural production and scientific research.
  3. Explain the genetic background of species origin and argue the need and method of preserving biodiversity as well as to develop and maintain breeding programmes of horticultural species.
  4. Distinguish horticultural species and the most important varieties and analyse suitability for the specific production, environmental and market conditions.
  5. Analyse the suitability of environmental conditions for growing horticultural species and varieties and explain the relationship between genotype and environment.
  6. Organize production of seed and planting materials of horticultural species.
  7. Plan and organize the production of horticultural species for various purposes outdoors and indoors and critically evaluate technological solutions respecting the principles of sustainable development.
  8. Recommend contemporary management practices in horticultural species establishment and to select the appropriate technology line of machinery and equipment.
  9. Distinguish the most important pests of horticultural species and recommend ways of their control aimed at cost-effective and organically sustainable production.
  10. Recognise technological maturity and organize harvest, storage and processing of horticultural raw materials for various purposes. Manage the physiological, microbiological and biochemical processes during storage of raw materials and products.
  11. Determine the quality, health and scientific value of horticultural products based on their chemical and sensory characteristics and to identify the defects and causes of their origin.
  12. Lead or participate in multidisciplinary research or production team in national or international environment and present results of scientific research and professional activities.
  13. Acquire knowledge for further education on postgraduate doctoral and specialist studies.
  14. Organize establishment and management of farms and small or medium-sized enterprises in the field of horticultural production.

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