University College Cork’s MSc Organic Horticulture has been short-listed at the forthcoming Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards.

The course is the only one of its kind in Europe and it is delivered near Skibbereen, West Cork. The course is on the shortlist for two awards; the Postgraduate Course of the Year (Science) and Best New Course.

The course has been running since 2012 and is taught by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. UCC says that it provides students with the scientific principles and practical applications of organic horticulture.

Dr Eoin Lettice, Co-ordinator of the MSc Organic Horticulture course, said that people are really interested in where their food comes from and how it is produced.

“We’re happy that the MSc programme has been recognised at a national level as providing an important qualification for the horticulture sector in Ireland and abroad. The success of the course is due to its unique delivery in the heart of west Cork by expert lecturers.

“We focus on training employable graduates who leave with a deep understanding of the scientific basis for organic and sustainable crop production techniques,” Dr Lettice said.

Also shortlisted at the Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards is UCC’s MSc Information Systems for Business Performance across two further categories – Best IT Course and Best Business Course.

The Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards are organised by Postgrad Ireland and take place in Dublin’s Mansion House on April 30.