RBGE Diploma in Herbology

Frequently asked questions

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 are the study options?


RBGE Diploma in Herbology is available as an attended course or online with attended study weekends.

What is the format of the course?


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.

Online with study weekends: This programme comprises a blend of online study and study sessions held here at RBGE. The duration is 2 years.

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 time would I need to dedicate to this course?
What support is available for online students?


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).

What is the course fee?


Attended Course: Fees for this course are £3,800
Online with study weekends: Fees for this course are £3,000 which includes the study weekends (travel and accommodation are extra).


Fees 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. See refund policy (opens in a new tab or window)

When does the next course start?


We are currently in the process of planning for the 2020/21 academic year, however this process has been delayed slightly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are interested in joining the waiting list for this course in eitehr format please email: education@rbge.org.uk including your name and the course you are interested in.

When details are confirmed you will be sent a copy of the applicants’ handbook as soon as it’s released.

Please note that while we work to support students on courses that were unable to complete this year as planned, some courses may have to start at a later date or in some cases might not be able to run at all.


How do I apply?


How do I apply?
If you would like to receive details of the next course when they become available, please email education@rbge.org.uk to be added to the mailing list. Please include the name of the course you are interested in and whether you are interested in the attended or online course.