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Course summary

The Horticulture industry contributes over £9 billion to the UK economy each year and employs over 300,000 people. Although many people associate Horticulture solely with food crops it is also an important tool for mitigating the effects of climate change via plant breeding, producing appropriate ornamental plants for urban greening and improving biodiversity. A general shortage of skilled people in industry ensures the job opportunities for graduates are both numerous and diverse. At SRUC we firmly believe that as well as having an in-depth and thorough knowledge of the horticulture industry; graduates must also be equipped with the practical skills necessary for continued successful employability. These skills are enhanced via work experience placements, practical classes, a variety of industry visits, guest speakers and benefits from studying in an institute renowned for its research and consultancy to industry.Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of how to integrate the management of plant collections with knowledge of plant distribution, classification, diversity, structure, identification and cultivation. You will develop the skills required to study advanced aspects in botany and a good appreciation of botanical issues that are relevant to horticulture today. You will gain experience of techniques appropriate to the restoration of historic gardens at a high level. The course is delivered in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) with classes and practical work based at both RBGE and SRUC’s Edinburgh campus.


You will study a wide range of subjects including modules such as Ethnobotany, Horticultural Plant Physiology, Horticultural Taxonomy, Plant Geography, Victorian Horticulture, Global Horticulture and Heritage Garden Conservation.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applications will be considered advanced entry to Yr 2 or 3 with relevant HNC or HND (or equivalent) qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Team ([email protected]) to discuss your options further.

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Achieving at least 5.5 in each component

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £7500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500* Year 1
Wales £7500* Year 1
Channel Islands £7500* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7500* Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scottish students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
Horticulture with Plantsmanship at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS