Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic industry that encompasses the commercial production of:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Ornamental plants

It also includes the design, establishment, and maintenance of:

  • Parks and gardens
  • Leisure and sports grounds
  • Open spaces
  • Managed landscapes

It is a profession which offers a diversity of jobs to suit a wide range of talents. The profession also needs researchers, technologists, marketing experts and managers to shape the industry for the future.

SRUC offers both Horticulture and Horticulture with Plantsmanship courses. Horticulture programmes are delivered from our teaching campuses at SRUC Edinburgh, SRUC Elmwood and SRUC Oatridge.

The courses are also taught at Glasgow Queen's Park, while Horticulture with Plantsmanship programmes are delivered in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We are very proud of our links with these prestigious locations, which allow you to benefit from the considerable resources and expertise of both organisations.

At SRUC we have several courses that look into the landscape, how it can be managed through the application of hard and soft landscaping techniques, and the technical landscaping skills required to ensure it is managed correctly.

The landscape that surrounds us can be modified in many ways, often by design, sometimes via anthropogenic pressures.

Landscaping can relate to the modification of a park to make it more amenable to the local population, but it can also relate to the conservation of an area to reduce the impact caused through path erosion or other factors.

Virtual Experience

Take a look around the SRUC Virtual Experience for lots of great student videos and examples of what it’s like to study our courses, along with campus and facility tours.

Study Horticulture at SRUC

Find out more about studying at SRUC

Open days

During our online open days you can talk to course tutors and students and find out why studying at SRUC is such a unique experience.

Book an open day

Virtual Experience

We've created a Virtual Experience platform for students where you can find great videos and examples of what it’s like to study our courses, along with campus and facility tours.

Start your experience

Download our prospectus

Find out more about all of the courses we have on offer at SRUC.

Download a prospectus


Want to keep up to date with the latest SRUC news? Sign up to our fortnightly newsletter and we'll send the highlights straight to your inbox. 

Sign up to SRUC News