The RHS is the world’s leading gardening charity, and the degree-level equivalent Master of Horticulture (MHort) Award has been offered to candidates for over 100 years. It is highly regarded in the industry worldwide, and is designed for professional horticulturists, with at least four years industry experience at supervisory level, looking to advance their knowledge and grow further in their careers.
The MHort provides the opportunity to develop a better understanding of business and operational strategies, management planning, and awareness of scientific, economic and social issues within the horticultural industry on a global scale.
Completed over three years, the award provides an affordable and high-quality research experience with exposure to different sectors of the horticultural industry, and provides improved business and managerial skills, both sought after and highly transferable. In the third year, candidates get to write a dissertation linked directly to their own organisation or area of interest.
Garden designer Lynn Heslop was silver medal winner of the show garden “From Darkness to Light” at RHS Chatsworth in 2019. She said, “Studying with the RHS has benefited my garden design business ‘Dewberry Horticulture’ in so many ways, from the extensive horticultural knowledge to the strategic development of the business, and attracting customers.
I have been lucky enough to have had many tutors covering a diverse range of horticultural topics. They have not only been supportive during my learning time, but even now I can call them for help and advice with a business issue. This is the most valuable asset any business could have”.
Mainly completed online, the programme is flexible, allowing candidates to study and expand their career alongside work or other commitments. At under £6k the MHort costs considerably less than degrees, and the RHS have introduced a range of easy payment options, including monthly, to help spread the cost.
By the end of the award, successful candidates have an overview of the horticultural industry within a global context. Alongside this, they will have developed improved research, analytical, communication and decision-making skills that will provide a better understanding of horticultural challenges and appropriate management strategies.
Open to candidates from around the world, with graduates from the USA, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Singapore, Europe, and the UK, the award links candidates to a range of professional networks and provides a great opportunity to increase global connections.
Holders of the award may use the designation MHort (RHS) after their name.
Annual applications open on 29 April 2022 for an October start.
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