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.

Tree surveying for horticulture and ecology

RBGE Diplomas

RBGE Certificates

RHS Certificates in the Principles of Horticulture

´╗┐The RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture and the RHS Level 3 Certificate in Horticulture Part 1 are internationally recognised certification and an ideal first qualifications for people looking to develop their understanding of horticulture, whether you are a keen amateur, finding your way in the workplace or changing career.


We also offer a full range of degrees from BSc through to HND. Working in partnership with the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the Scottish Agricultural College, 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

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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