Professional Courses

RBGE has provided professional training since its origins as a late 17th century physic garden, training doctors and apothecaries of the day. Our role as a trainer has grown ever since. We now offer one of the world's most comprehensive ranges of courses for anyone looking to develop their career in botany, horticulture, garden design or botanical illustration. 

Input from our expert research staff ensures that students are trained in both the fundamental skills and most up-to date techniques in each discipline.




RBGE Certificates

RBGE Diplomas


We also offer a full range of degrees from HND through to MSc. Working in partnership with the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), we are the only institution in the UK to offer such a complete range of internationally recognised botanical and horticultural courses. The taught degrees emphasise biodiversity and the work of RBGE throughout.

MSc student Darian Stark Schilling sequencing Chilean conifers in RBGE’s DNA lab

Distance / Blended Learning Courses

PropaGate Learning, our online learning environment, gives you even more options to learn with one of the world's best botanic gardens, allowing  you to study remotely or as a blended learning option mixing online and  taught elements.

Find a Distance / Blended Learning Course:

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture | RBGE Diploma in Garden History | RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration - More courses being added soon!

Contact details

For full information on course costs, you can download the current Continuing Education and Professional Course prospectus from the 'Downloads' box to the right.

For more details of these programmes, or to make a booking, please contact the Education office via our enquiry form (select 'Education'), or direct at:

Education Department
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Telephone: 0131 248 2937

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PropaGate Learning is RBGE’s Virtual learning environment, helping you to explore the world of plants through distance and blended learning programmes

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