Applications now open for prestigious RHS Master of Horticulture Award

Applications are open for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Master of Horticulture (MHort) Award which will be online-only for the first time.

The degree-level programme offers a unique opportunity for horticulturists to gain managerial and business skills including decision-making, research and communications, helping candidates reach the top levels of the profession or launch a successful business. For the first time the programme, which commences in October, will be fully online from 2023, meaning learning is flexible around full-time work. 
The programme is the highest-level award offered by the RHS and is internationally renowned, with applicants from around the world, including Australia, Singapore, South Africa and China, having undertaken the MHort to advance their careers. Recent candidates include professionals working for Painshill Park, Beechgrove Gardens for BBC Scotland, and National Trust Gardens.  
The full three-year programme costs less than £6,000, making it a worthwhile investment for experienced horticulturists wanting to grow in their careers and increase their knowledge.  
The MHort was updated in 2017 to better meet the needs of horticultural managers around the world, and is continually updated to reflect the changing industry, providing a sound contextual basis of knowledge and allowing learners to specialise in their sector and area of interest. 
On 29 June there will be an online event where prospective candidates can learn more about the award. They will have the chance to hear from tutors, plus current candidates and alumni on how the MHort has shaped their career, and there will also be time for questions.  
Dr Suzanne Moss, RHS Head of Education and Learning, said: “The MHort is an exciting and unique way for experienced horticulturists to expand their knowledge in the areas which are most relevant and interesting to them. The award will help take their career to the next level while expanding their network across the UK and worldwide.” 
Applications close at 11.55pm on Tuesday 22 August. 
For more information and to register for the event please visit or get in touch at [email protected]  

Notes to editors

For further information, contact Claire Thorpe on [email protected]   
About the RHS 
Since our formation in 1804, the RHS has grown into the UK’s leading gardening charity, touching the lives of millions of people. Perhaps the secret to our longevity is that we’ve never stood still. In the last decade alone we’ve taken on the largest hands-on project the RHS has ever tackled by opening the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, and invested in the science that underpins all our work by building RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science.  

We have committed to being net positive for nature and people by 2030. We are also committed to being truly inclusive and to reflect all the communities of the UK.   
Across our five RHS gardens we welcome more than three million visitors each year to enjoy over 34,000 different cultivated plants. Events such as the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, other national shows, our schools and community work, and partnerships such as Britain in Bloom, all spread the shared joy of gardening to wide-reaching audiences.  

Throughout it all we’ve held true to our charitable core – to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture –to share the love of gardening and the positive benefits it brings.   

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RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262 

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.