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.
Attended Course: Classes are taught in Lecture Room 2 at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Tuesdays from September to June. The classes are divided into both theory and practical sessions, with seasonal wild forages and a selection of complementary visits. Several hours of home (self-directed) study time will be required each week. Each student is given their own herb bed within the RBGE Physic Garden to nurture throughout their year of study. 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 messaging 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 £2,800
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?
The next attended course is due to start in September 2018.
The next blended course won’t be running again until 2019.
How do I apply?
Attended Course: You can download the Applicant's Handbook from the panel on the right. The handbook contains further information and the application form.
Blended Course: The next blended course won’t be running again until 2019. If you would like to receive details of the next course when they become available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
This course has an online study option.