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.
- Cerficate in Botanical Illustration
- Certificate in Practical Horticulture
- Certificate in Practical Field Botany
- Certificate in Herbology
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.
- HND/BSc (Hons) in Horticulture with Plantsmanship
- Taught MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plant
- PhD programmes
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:
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:
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Telephone: 0131 248 2937