Routes to become a medical herbalist

These are the current courses and routes available in the UK and Ireland to study herbal medicine and become a medical herbalist.

Course type
Number of years to complete (based on full time study)
Total cost of the course (course fees only, not including books, travel, accommodation, and additional clinical hour fees**)
Accredited by
Betonica medical herbalist training programme
(Somerset/Devon area)
Subject based  diploma course – self home study and seminar days Diploma 4 years  £11,040* (sliding scale of fees and a payment plan available) None
College of Naturopathic Medicine – Diploma in herbal medicine (seminars taught across the country) Module based diploma course – self home study and seminar days. (Please note a Diploma in naturopathy may also be required to qualify.) Diploma (degree level) 3 years (minimum) £25,040* (amount per year dependent on route taken) Association of Master Herbalists (AMH)
Heartwood Professional course (plus a clinical training programme) (online) Module based course – all online apart from clinical hours which are undertaken with a medical herbalist Diploma (degree level) 3 years £9500* (payment plan available) Accredited by  the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH)
Irish School of Herbal Medicine
(County Laois, Ireland)
Module based – all online apart from the clinical hours Information not available 4 years £10124 (£2531 per year)* (**) The Irish Association of Master Medical Herbalists
Lincoln College – BSc Herbal Medicine (Lincoln) Modular block learning – self home study and seminar days (8 x 3 day weekends a year, plus clinical training) Undergraduate degree 5 years £21750 (£4350 per year)* EHTPA
School of Intuitive Herbalism (Stroud) Traditional apprenticeship style – self study Information not available 4-7 years (based on prior experience) £11200 (max £1600 per year)* Supporting apprentices towards individual accreditation
The School of Herbal Medicine
Seminar based with blended learning. Based on one weekend a month. Advanced diploma (level 6) (beyond undergraduate degree) 6 years £18000 (£3000 per year)(Includes all 500 hours clinical training) Working towards NIMH accreditation
The Plant Medicine School
Veriditas Hibernica apprenticeship – and then Colaiste Luibheanna clinical training programme
(Coachford,Cork, Ireland)

(Two years available as online learning)

Apprenticeship with Nikki Darrell for 2 years, then self directed home study and seminar days (6 blocks of 4 days, plus 500 hours of supervised clinical training) Degree equivalent (Diploma awarded) 4 years £5719 (**not including any clinic hours – all must be completed and paid for separately, cost about £1585) Accredited by IRH and access to CPP.

**Additional clinic fees are payable on some courses.

Please note: This information may be subject to change.