About the Course
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.The Horticulture with Plantsmanship BSc/BSc (Hons) degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow.
Applicants must hold a minimum of 4 Scottish Highers (BBCC)/3 A-Levels (BCC) or equivalent qualification to include a science subject.
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.