RBGE Diploma in Herbology
RBGE roots were embedded in the ancient practices of herbal medicine when it was founded as a Physic Garden in the late 17th Century. Now, over three hundred years later, our Diploma in Herbology rekindles that holistic tradition.
Herbology is an innovative programme of study that draws together several connected branches of botanical science to clearly demonstrate the remarkable therapeutic potential of plants and the practical applications of this knowledge.
What does the course cover?
The course is divided into 5 subject areas. Each includes practical and theoretical topics, with sessions delivered by lecturers from RBGE as well as visiting Herbalists, Holistic and Organic Practitioners, Botanists and Ethnobotanists from around the world. The Subjects covered are: Phytology, Green Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Physic Garden Horticulture, Ethnomedica and Herbal Ecology.
What is the format of the course?
RBGE Diploma in Herbology is available as an Attended or Blended Course (online with study weekends).
Attended Course: Classes are taught on Tuesdays from September to June. Several hours of home (self-directed) study time will be required each week. From June students will research and write their dissertation for submission the following January.
Blended Course: This Blended Learning Programme comprises a blend of online study and study sessions held here at RBGE. The duration of the blended course is 2 years.
What support will I get for online learning?
We encourage everyone to make the most of the forums on the course. These provide a way for students to talk to one another and to tutors and ask each other questions. There is also a facility where you can contact your tutor directly and privately. Technical help is only an email away (Mon-Fri).
Do I need any prior knowledge?
No formal qualifications or prior experience are needed to enrol on this course, just a keen interest and enthusiasm for the growing and use of plants for medicinal purposes, as well as a willingness to dedicate time and effort.
*Please note that this course does not qualify you to practice as a medical herbalist.
How much does the course cost?
Attended Course: Fees for this course are £3,800
Blended Course: Fees for this course are £3,000
Fees are non-refundable and should be paid in full by the start of the course. Any additional costs to be borne by students will be listed in the Handbook.
When can I start?
Attended Course: September 2019
Blended Course: October 2019
This course has an online study option.