B.Sc. Horticulture & Business Management

  • On Campus
  • 48 months
  • EUR6600 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR1951 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
HAS University of Applied Sciences | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Horticulture & Business Management is your stepping stone into this dynamic, innovative and international business! It brings you all the knowledge and skills you need for a bright future in a wonderful green business. The curriculum is comprehensive with both technical and business subjects. You will discover the world of plants, including biology, cultivation techniques and refinement, and learn about the complete chain, from producer to consumer, with subjects that include business and farm economics, management, and marketing.
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Dutch flowers, vegetables and potatoes are world famous and exported all over the globe. With our vast knowledge of horticulture and agriculture, built over centuries of experience, there is no doubt about it: the Netherlands is the country to be if you want to study horticulture.

In all modesty we can tell you we are the most successful country in horticulture in the world. Studying horticulture in the Netherlands puts you in an excellent position of finding a dream job in the business of horticulture. But despite our success, we dont lean back! On the contrary! We create new crops and develop technical innovations. We work on sustainable production methods, and we trade worldwide.

All subjects discuss current topics. Think of taste and market trends, changing quality requirements, sustainable food production, and food safety. In practical classes you explore the branchs latest developments and work with the most modern equipment available. You experiment with state-of-the-art technologies.


Just one year ago HAS University of Applied Sciences remodeled its 2 hectare university garden where you can find a large collection of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs and other sorts of vegetation. HAS has its own greenhouses (1500 m2) and eight high-tech climate chambers, called the Centre of Growing Concepts.

The Centre for Growing Concepts is a top-of-the-arts research facility where students of HAS can study the latest technology in the field of plant production and (multilayer) cultivation. In the climate cells you can research the various factors that influence plant growth, such as light intensity, light colour, temperature, C02 content and humidity. The climate cells are equipped with the latest LED modules from Philips Lighting.

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Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 May
Tuition fee
  • EUR 6600 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 1951 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Year 1

Term 1

  • International Horticulture
  • Language, Culture & Study
Term 2
  • Plant Sciences 1
  • Business & Economics

Term 3

  • Plant Sciences 2
  • Cultivation Techniques

Term 4

  • Work Experience Placement
Year 2


  • Sustainable Cultivation Planning
  • Marketing & Communication

Term 2

  • Technology & Economics
  • Retail Marketing
  • Cultivation Project

Term 3

  • Cultivation research
  • Soil Science & Plant Nutrition
  • Cultivation Project

Term 4

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Cultivation Project
Year 3

Term 1

  • Project Traineeship 1

Term 2

  • Project Traineeship 2

Term 3

  • Project Traineeship 3

Term 4

  • Cultivation & Management 1
  • Cultivation & Management 2
Year 4

Term 1

  • Management & Analysis 1
  • Specialisation

Term 2

  • Management & Analysis 2
  • Specialisation

Term 3

  • Company Assignment

Term 4

  • Company Assignment


The admission requirement for this 4-year Bachelor programme is a secondary school diploma, equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma, with the final-year subjects mathematics and chemistry. Practical (work-) experience is beneficial but not obligatory. The level of your diploma will be assessed after HAS has received your complete application form. If you want to know how your high school diploma is evaluated in the Netherlands before you apply, check the information in the Nuffic Country Modules.

For the academic year 2015-2016 you need to register before 1 May!

Requirements British students (students from England and Wales)

GCSE in at least 4 subjects (grade A-C) and GCE with at least 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level (in 6 different subjects).
Specific requirements: Mathematics and Chemistry should be at least GCSE level.


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (sector Land-based and Environment)

Please note that we always need to assess the value of your diploma. Nuffic will check your diploma for authenticity and academic level.

No mathematics of chemistry in your final year?

If you are deficient in Mathematics and/or Chemistry you have the opportunity to participate in the Mathematics and Chemistry deficiency tests at HAS University of Applied Sciences in 's-Hertogenbosch at the Onderwijsboulevard 221.

Dates Chemistry test
  • Thursday 23 April 10:00h - 12:00h
  • Thursday 11 June 10:00h - 12:00h
Dates Mathematics test
  • Thursday 23 April 13:00h - 15:00h
  • Thursday 11 June 13:00h - 15:00h
Please note that after you have passed the deficiency test(s) you will not receive a diploma or certificate. Passing the test(s) means that, if you have been admitted under the condition that you have passed the Mathematics and/or Chemistry deficiency test, you will be admitted. To pass the test you need to have obtained at least 5.5 points on a scale of 1-10.

If you want more information about the deficiency tests please contact International Office.

Language requirement

If your previous education was not completely taught in English, you also need to be able to prove that you are proficient in the English language. HAS University of Applied Sciences accepts the following language tests:


  • Academic programme : 6.0 (overall band score)


  • Internet-based test : 80
  • Computer-based test : 213
  • Paper-based test : 550

Cambridge ESOL Certificate : C 1

Exemption English language test

International students are exempted from having to take a mandatory language test in case the student obtained a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associations of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the Code of Conduct.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

More Information


Horticulture and Business Management is a 4-year programme at undergraduate level that prepares students for a career in the international horticultural industry. Successful completion of the course leads to an internationally recognised Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Horticulture and Arable Farming (CROHO 34868).

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