MSc Organic Horticulture – A graduate experience

Some of the recent graduates from the MSc Organic Horticulture at the University College Cork Spring conferring ceremony (Photo by Tomás Tyner, UCC)

Some of the recent graduates from the MSc Organic Horticulture at the University College Cork Spring conferring ceremony (Photo by Tomás Tyner, UCC)

Recent MSc Organic Horticulture graduate Raedi Higgins writes about her experience of the course and her new role with the Organic Trust.

I’ve always had a keen interest in food production and have really enjoyed growing food for myself and my family in the past. So the decision to return to education was certainly prompted when I saw the MSc in Organic Horticulture which was on offer in UCC. I had previously researched and visited a number of colleges and centres, both in Ireland and abroad, which offered courses in organic horticulture as I knew this was the area I would like to work in, I wanted an opportunity to learn and contribute to something positive and sustainable in today’s world.

The course was an excellent experience, one which challenged me greatly and taught me a huge amount

What made the MSc in Organic Horticulture stand out was the range of skills on offer for the student to learn, from statistical analysis to understanding scientific communication, all of which were supported by access to excellent facilities, both online through Blackboard and also in BEES and UCC main campus. The course was an excellent experience, one which challenged me greatly and taught me a huge amount of transferable skills which, in turn, opened up new career options to me which would not have been possible without this MSc.

217smlMy fellow students and I all came from different backgrounds, with knowledge and experience in a wide range of disciplines. The course is delivered in such a way that I felt encouraged and built on my skills, whilst introducing and furthering my knowledge in areas I was less familiar with. Our lecturers were keen to discuss and debate any questions we came across and to share knowledge and experience with us on a daily basis. This attitude created a very positive and inspiring learning environment which I appreciated greatly.

I have, just recently, started a job with the Organic Trust, one of Irelands Organic certification bodies. My role is in Quality Assurance and administration, my duties now relate to a range of elements within the organic inspection and certification process and overseeing and maintaining the Quality Assurance System of the Organic Trust. I am absolutely delighted to be working for an organisation I have a huge amount of respect for and I look forward to building on such a solid educational experience gained through the MSc. I have no doubt that the MSc in Organic Horticulture was a hugely positive factor in securing my new role.

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