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Teaching starts on new MSc in Organic Horticulture

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

MSc Organic Horticulture students with course co-ordinators.Monday 1st of October marked the start of teaching on BEES' newest taught Masters.

Based at Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen, West Cork, the MSc in Organic Horticulture is unique in Ireland and aims to provide students with both the scientific principles and the practical applications of organic horticulture.

Welcoming the students on their first day, Head of School of BEES, Prof. John O'Halloran said that this was the start of a new journey for both the School and the students. "We hope, that by embedding this horticulture training in the epicentre of artisan food production in Ireland, we will help achieve growth and economic activity - through our natural resources and through providing the students with a world class education", said Prof. O'Halloran.

Also on hand to welcome the new student cohort was Arthur Little, General Manager of the Liss Ard Estate. "We are tremendously excited that, in time, innovations and discoveries made here at Liss Ard by MSc degree students will ahve long term impact on organic food production methods across Europe and further afield".

The MSc programme is a one-year course combining taught modules and a major research project. The course is coordinated by Eoin Lettice and Prof. Peter Jones of the School of BEES.

It is anticipated that a new cohort of students will be accepted in October 2013. For more details on the MSc, see the course webpage.

Image: MSc Organic Horticulture students and course coordinators Peter Jones and Eoin Lettice at the new plant science teaching and research centre at Liss Ard Estate. (Image courtesy of Carol Gilbert)

For more images from the course, see the BEES Facebook page.

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