University courses at Eden
- Courses taught at Eden
- Awarded by Plymouth University
- Starts September each year
Study for a university-level degree at the Eden Project – in Horticulture, Event Management, Renewable Energy, or Contemporary Storytelling and Performance. Find out more at our next open day, on 24 June.
We offer a range of university-level degrees taught at our world-famous site. These are taught by Cornwall College's expert trainers in the Eden Project’s unique learning environment, and are awarded by Plymouth University.
Why study at the Eden Project?
- get a recognised higher education qualification, alongside hands-on practical experience at a world-famous visitor attraction and garden;
- study in a unique learning environment, with teaching facilities based at the Eden Project itself, renowned for its horticulture, sustainable event management, and unique approach to storytelling and interpretation;
- benefit from the experience of industry professionals, as you learn from Eden staff and guest lecturers during taught modules;
- enjoy access to Cornwall College facilities at seven sites across the county, including horticultural research units at Duchy College Rosewarne, libraries, IT and all student support services. Students will also have access to the Library and Student Union in Plymouth.
Subjects and courses on offer
The following courses are available for either part-time or full-time study, starting in September each year. Studying on a full-time basis, HNDs and Foundation degrees (FdSc and FdA) take two academic years to complete; a BSc takes three years; a BSc top-up takes one year, an Access Diploma takes one year.
BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science)
BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Garden and Landscape Design)
HNC and HND Garden and Landscape Design
These courses are ideal for individuals wanting to build an exciting career in horticulture – and have been carefully designed to meet identified skills gaps within the UK horticultural industry.
They combine practical opportunities at the Eden Project site – including the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, the outdoor garden, the nursery and the quarantine centre – with a clear programme of study and scientific exploration.
Students benefit from working alongside Eden’s skilled and specialist horticulturalists, while also having access to the nationally renowned micro-propagation research facility of Duchy College Rosewarne.
Read about how our 2015-16 garden design students won a national competition to create a show garden at Hampton Court Flower Show, and how one of our students won the prestigious Student Design Award at the fifth annual Society of Garden Designers Awards.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the course, and the whole experience of studying at Eden and Duchy College has been great. They are both inspirational places in which to learn."
Richard Riddell, Garden Design course student
FdA Contemporary Storytelling and Performance
This course is designed for individuals wanting to build a career in sustainability interpretation, storytelling and performance. It offers a highly practical programme to develop performers who can help audiences to reconnect with the natural world.
At its core lies skills training in performance, movement, character development, voice, research, analysis, reflection and evaluation. In addition, the course will also look at how to make small scale theatre and storytelling in your professional life.
This is a fantastic opportunity to study at one of the finest visitor attractions in the sector and have the opportunity to examine a range of approaches and techniques within the genre of storytelling, devising, interpretation and performance. Eden’s inspirational natural landscape is a great stimulus and platform for the birth of ideas and the engagement of audiences through performance.
FdA Event Management
This course equips students with professional leadership and business management skills, combined with specialist knowledge of the event management industry.
Students will have opportunities to work alongside Eden staff in organising a variety of events, at an organisation which runs conferences, weddings and parties, as well as gigs.
Creative problem-solving and client collaboration is central to the course. Students get to experience event management first-hand at a visitor attraction, which balances day visitors and event clients and operates within a challenging and varied environment, ranging from traditional meeting rooms to a tropical rainforest.
Fdsc Renewable Energy Technologies
This innovative programme is designed to enable you to enter the renewable energy field and make a difference. You'll learn how low carbon technologies work, where they can be implemented and how to recognise and overcome the challenges that will confront you.
You'll not only build your theoretical understanding of how renewable energy technologies work, but will spend time solving real life problems, often in teams, just as you would in the workplace.
You'll learn to use a range of IT skills, such as CAD and GIS, together with open source presentational and analytical software. In addition, you'll get experience in how to make projects actually happen – how they might be funded, how communities might be engaged and how the planning system works.
HE Access Diploma
This is a stepping stone course for adult learners to reach university level study in a range of science subjects. It includes core biology, chemistry and physics, together with specialist modules such as ecology and environmental science – which take full advantage of the spectacular setting and world-class learning resources at Eden.
"I’m now doing a part time PhD at Canterbury Christchurch University... A lot of the work that I did at Duchy has enabled me to move on to the PhD and I’m really happy to be building on that.”
Naomi Beddoe, Plant Science student
Get in touch
You can find out more about these courses, which begin in September each year, from the Cornwall College website – where you can get practical information about being a student and how to apply. Or why not book a call back with the course team, who can answer any questions you have? You can also come to an Open Day in June.
Study for an MSc in Sustainability
There’s also the opportunity to study at the Eden Project as part of a Masters course in Sustainability with Anglia Ruskin University, which includes a special work placement supported by Change Agents UK. Find out more.