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RBGE Online Diploma in Herbology

Herbology (quite literally the study of herbs) draws together several connected branches of botanical study into one holistic discipline.


This course started on 7th October 2016. The next intake is likely to be October 2019. Please register your interest for future intakes of this course on the form below.

The Distance (Blended) Learning Programme comprises a blend of 4 study weekends (held here at RBGE) and our online ‘PropaGate Learning’ environment, which will be the main forum for this course. Classes for the individual study weekends, will take place within our dedicated Herbology Room.

This course is unique to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is imbrued with that special spirit that comes of a devoted three hundred year tradition, dedicated resources, and the world renowned endeavours of a remarkable people and place. As a Herbology student you will be actively involved with, and become part of, this unique and extraordinary botanical legacy.

What are the course aims?

  • To explore and explain the world of herbs
  • Encourage the study of medicinal plants.
  • Share understanding of the earth’s herbal lore
  • Enrich awareness of and involvement with the natural world
  • Nurture the creative use of healing botanicals.

What are the course dates?

The course started on October 7th 2016 (first study weekend) and finishes in early May 2018. All dates including the study weekends are in the handbook link to the right. The next intake is likely to be October 2019.

What does the course cost?

The course fee is £2800 which includes the study weekends (travel and accommodation are extra)

What are the entry requirements?

No formal qualifications are necessary for admission on to the course. Initial selection will be made on the strength of individual applications and the successful candidates will be offered an interview. However, as places are limited, priority will be given to those who are able to clearly demonstrate a natural aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject and or have attended one or more of our introductory programmes of study. Experience in any of the related fields (botany, horticulture, herbal medicine) is highly desirable, as is a demonstrable eagerness to learn, engage with the natural world, and contribute something to the overall dynamics of the Herbology experience.

How can I prepare for studying online?

Experience of using your computer, using websites, using email and participating in online forums will stand you in good stead for learning online. Online learning may be a new experience for you – if it is, you would need to take time to familiarise yourself with the learning environment and set aside dedicated time to learn. As an online student at RBGE you need to become comfortable with using PropaGate Learning – this only comes with continued familiarity so you would need to be a proactive online student!

How do I apply?

The application form is at the back of the handbook (link in the green panel to the top right of this page). You can also ask us any questions using the form below.


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