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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:11 am    Post subject: MSc Organic Horticulture Reply with quote

Hi All!

This is my very first post!
This forum is fab! Keep up the hard work!

By the way -
I would like to know is there anyone here doing MSc Organic Horticulture (UCC) ?
I 'd like to know what you think of it etc... I am thinking of doing this course next year.

Mod - I don't know where to put this but if you think this should be placed elsewhere - please do!

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In order to do this what do you need something else I could add to my name the list gets longer.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
In order to do this what do you need something else I could add to my name the list gets longer.


Hi Greengage

I am not 100% sure what you were saying there! Do you mean I should do something else?

I am only just wondering what you think of the course in general and was it worth it.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Misunderstanding here, If its an MSc do you need a level 8 in something else to do this course because I assume MSc is higher than BSc it being a masters or something. One of the important things I would look into is who are the people lecturing on the course and what experience do they have, there's no point in academics giving lectures from the book with no real experience of working in the industry also I got badly stung once on a course where the majority of it was Marketing, Accountancy and Customer service with very little Horticulture involved what we the students brought to the table was far more relevant than what the lectures had to contribute, They gained more than we did and were able to reconstruct the course to suit the next batch. I think some of these courses are put together just to collect money and use up spare capacity in Collages.
If it was up to me and I had money and time I would go to England to the Henry Doubleday research center to do one of their courses http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/index.php or else the Organic center in Rossinver http://www.theorganiccentre.ie/, Now I know nothing about the UCC course it may be excellent,, My aim is to get my masters on this site when James deems me to have Chlorophyll in my blood then I can retire.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Geengage for the really interesting links.

The above course is a Master of Science in Organic Horticulture and it is a level 9 course. I have level 8. (link: http://www.ucc.ie/en/bees/study/postgrad/mscorg/)

I am trying to find out as much as I can before I take on a course.

I can see your point about doing very little fieldwork etc which is no good to me afterwards. I will check about that too plus the links you gave me.

Thanks again and happy gardening!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a look if you already completed level 8 in Horticulture you should be able to pass this with your eyes closed, the thesis could be interesting if you have enough time 5 months dose,not seem like long enough to study anything in depth.
e.g IMP as part of organic horticulture.
Or the effect of Bumble bees used in Commercial horticulture for pollination on our indigenous bumble bee.
The response of carrots to organic soil amendments and studies of carrot rooot production etc etc
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