Seize the opportunity to experience university life with UCD’s Summer School for secondary school students entering 6th Year or (Year 13 A-Level) in September 2022.


Horticulture Summer School

Tuesday June 7th, 10.00am-5.00pm (Irish Standard Time)

For students interested in studying Horticulture at UCD.

What happens on the day?

Horticulture is the art, science, technology, and business of plant cultivation for human use.

Our world faces immense challenges; climate change, mass migration to mega cities, food shortages, food waste and pollution. Through the sustainable cultivation of plants and an increase in plant-based diets, many of these challenges can be overcome.  The Horticulture programme at UCD covers the sciences, environmental studies, business, management, and communication skills related to growing food and non-food plants. The UCD Horticulture Summer School will give you an introduction to ‘What is Horticulture?’, an understanding of its important role into the future in supporting human and environmental health and what the exciting career opportunities are.

On arrival the Dean of Agriculture, Prof. Frank Monahan will welcome you and provide an overview of the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, the various programmes taught at the school and some of the highlights of our programmes such as the opportunity to Study Abroad and Professional Work Experience. You will have an opportunity to hear from some of our current and past students who will share their experience of studying at the school and we will discuss the wide range of career opportunities open to graduates.

During the day you will meet staff from the school, take a tour of Rosemount Environmental Research Station; a state-of-the-art plant and environmental research facility located on the edge of the Belfield campus and take part in interactive activities relevant to Horticulture.

You will also receive a tour of the UCD campus.

Who can register?

The Summer School is for students who are going into 6th year or Year 13 (A Level) in September 2022.

What does it cost?

The UCD Horticulture Summer School costs €35 and includes a sandwich lunch and tea/coffee. A reduced rate of €15 is available for applicants whose families are in receipt of job-seekers or disability payments. If you wish to avail of this discount rate please email susan.mcalinden@ucd.ie for a discount code before booking your course.


Enquiries in relation to the UCD Horticulture Summer School can be made to Valerie Abbott (valerie.abbott@ucd.ie)

Where will the UCD Horticulture Summer School take place?

The Horticulture Summer School will take place in the UCD Agriculture and Food Science Centre. The building is number 2 on the  UCD Map. There will also be opportunities for students to visit other important facilities relevant to all UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science programmes during the Horticulture Summer School.

Time Activity
10.00am Registration
10.00am Welcome Address & Overview of Programmes Prof. Frank Monahan, Dean of Agriculture and Head of School
10.30am Tour of UCD Rosemount Environmental Research station

Student Activities

3.15pm UCD Campus Tour
4.15pm Horticulture Summer School Wrap Up

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