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Horticulture with Plantsmanship BSc / BSc Hons

Level: SCQF 9-10

UCAS Code: D4D7

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh

About the Course

Horticulture Plantsmanship BSc

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. As a student on this course you will benefit from the considerable resources and expertise of both organisations.

Recent reports identifying future skills gaps have noted that there will be a shortage of people in the UK with botanical abilities in plant identification, and also with knowledge of techniques appropriate to the restoration of historic gardens at a high level. This course will equip you to fill these roles.

Course Duration: BSc 3 years, BSc(Hons) 4 years if studied full-time.

The Horticulture with Plantsmanship BSc/BSc (Hons) degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of 4 Scottish Highers (BBCC)/3 A-Levels (BCC) or equivalent qualification to include a science subject.

Course Content

In the first two years you will study the curriculum outlined for HND Horticulture with Plantsmanship. Years three and four broaden your studies by taking a global and historical perspective on plants and plant collections, whilst further developing your scientific understanding of taxonomy and physiology.

Coursework involves group work and individual project work on a range of topics including experiments relating to physiology and taxonomy, production of a management plan for a historic garden, and business case studies.

In your fourth year you will undertake your own research project in a subject which interests you, drawing together all that you have learnt on your course.

Topics covered are varied: recent Honours Projects have included the taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Nepeta L. in Nepal, RBGE’s carpological collection: a curatorial review, an investigation into houseplant mortality and attitudes of landscape professionals towards the creation of wildflower meadows in UK urban landscapes.