Taught course

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally: offer evidence of education to the level of a BSc (Hons); BA (Hons) or equivalent in higher education or above, preferably in health or social care, education, horticulture or related area gaining 2:2 classification or above; be currently practicing in social and therapeutic horticulture and continue engagement for the duration of the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc (paid or unpaid); provide two references to support their application. Where candidates do not have contact with a social and therapeutic horticulture service, support can be given to gain engagement. Normally students will be invited to interview following application

Months of entry


Course content

Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion. This exciting new course is designed to offer people, who are working in horticulture or therapy, the opportunity to further develop their skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. They will also reflect upon, debate and critique their current practice. This programme is the first to be developed in the UK and will build upon Coventry's well-established and vocationally focussed qualification, the Professional Development Diploma.

The development of the MSc course has been actively supported by practitioners in the field, service-users and others; including the national charity, Thrive; Pershore College and the Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners. Its creation will bring this developing profession in line with established international practitioners in the USA, Canada and Japan.

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc will provide students nationally and internationally with a unique opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. The target market for this programme includes a wide range of working individuals from a variety of backgrounds and sectors related to health, social care and disability.

Information for international students

International Office +44 (0) 24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Unit
+44 (0) 24 7679 5388 or +44 (0) 24 7679 5958