Horticulture with Plantsmanship

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Edinburgh Campus


This course gives you the skills you need to address a shortage of suitably qualified people with botanical abilities in plant identification and the techniques appropriate to historic garden restoration at a high level.

It develops your understanding of how to integrate the management of plant collections with knowledge of plant distribution, classification, diversity, structure, identification and cultivation.

It will give you the knowledge you need to study advanced aspects of botany, and gain an appreciation of the botanical issues in horticulture today.

You'll also learn techniques for restoring historic gardens, opening the way for employment in heritage organisations and an important role in preserving the early appreciation and understanding of horticulture that has developed into the discipline we know today.

The BSc / BSc Hons Horticulture with Plantsmanship 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, giving you access to the considerable resources and expertise of both organisations.

Example modules: Ethnobotany; Horticultural Plant Physiology; Horticultural Taxonomy; Victorian Horticulture; Conservation of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

Entry Requirements

4 Highers at BBCC including a science subject plus English and Maths at National 5

Start Date





BSc/BSc Hons

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

6 - 8 years


Horticulture and Landscaping

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Forestry

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Horticulture and Landscaping

Work with Animals