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RBGE Diploma in Herbology (Online with 4 study weekends)

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

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The next intake is likely to be October 2021

This programme uses our ‘PropaGate Learning’ environment to access the main elements of the course alongside 4 complementary study weekends (held here at RBGE).

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 next intake is likely to be October 2021. The course is a 2 year course.

What does the course cost?

The current course fee is £3000 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 much study time is involved?

We suggest 5-7 hours per week.

How do I apply?

We are currently not taking applications, however you can still complete the form below to receive updates on the course.


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