MHort groupThe RHS Master of Horticulture qualification offers a flexible and affordable degree level equivalent to help you achieve your career goals.

The MHort (RHS) is a programme of study specifically designed for horticultural professionals already working within the industry who wish to develop their knowledge and skills.

The modular structure allows you to study at your own pace and in your own time. Modules and research projects can be selected for your own area of interest to allow the study to work for you. You will build your management skills, increase your knowledge of current issues and develop analytical skills to apply to day-to-day horticultural work.

This degree-level equivalent qualification is designated as a recognised award for the purposes of the Education Reform Act 1988, and holders of the award may use the designation MHort (RHS) after their name.

Study is usually completed over three years, although the flexible, modular structure allows completion over up to five years depending on personal circumstances.

MHort lecture walkNew course information May 2017

The content of the Master of Horticulture programme is currently being updated and will be added to this page during May.

Please check back soon for full details or email us at for further information or advice on the programme.


Am I qualified?

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The minimum requirement of entry is that candidates must have at least four years of full-time work experience in a professional horticultural environment, at least one of which should be in a supervisory role or a position of relevant responsibility as well as a full Level 3 qualification in horticulture, such as the RHS Level 3 Diploma or a National Diploma.


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Interested candidates are advised to contact Suzanne Moss or Becca Chapman, on the RHS MHort team, at to discuss their qualifications and experience if they are not sure whether they meet the entry requirements.


How will I be supported?

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Most learning is carried out in the RHS’s dynamic Virtual Learning Environment, allowing you to study in a manner and at a time that suits you. Here access is available to online resources and to discussion with your fellow students in a vibrant and informative learning community. Workshops are carried out at RHS Wisley throughout the year to allow face-to-face learning and interaction with tutors, as well as meeting other MHort students.

As an MHort student you automatically get RHS student membership, which gives you access to all the RHS Libraries resources, both in the real world and online.

Recent MHort graduatesHow will I be assessed?

The assessment process is varied and stimulating, consisting of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs), written examination papers and a dissertation. There is also a two-day technical competence assessment held at RHS Garden Wisley towards the end of the course, where students work on a variety of challenging and realistic exercises.

How do I enrol?

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