Working with Universities

We provide a variety of expertise to universities and other further educational or research institutions.

Group of students in a lab on a tour

Following guidance from the UK Government in response to the escalating coronavirus situation, we regret to announce we are no longer hosting visits until June 2020 at the earliest. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

From a simple tour around a specific part of Kew right up to some of our long-standing relationships with Universities where Kew staff teach set modules to MSc students, we can offer universities and institutions a highly educational experience.

Educational visits

In a typical year, between ten and 20 institutions bring groups to Kew and we estimate that each year around 250 external students (participating in higher or further education) experience Kew via one of these visits. We have hosted groups from UK Universities such as Exeter, LSE, Reading and Nottingham but also overseas institutions such as the University College Cork, Harvard, Sungshin University in South Korea and University of Hohenheim in Germany. The London International Youth Science Forum have also visited.  
If you arrange student visits for a University or similar institution and would like to organise a tailor-made trip to Kew please email:
As a guide, fees for a tour start at £100, for a half day from £300 and for a full day from £450.  

Teaching on MSc courses

We have a long-standing relationship with several Universities, where several of our leading scientists teach modules to students. Imperial College London offer a MSc in Conservation Science that includes a range of lectures by Colin Clubbe. Kent University offer a MSc in Ethnobotany which includes lectures by Mark Nesbitt and Monique Simmonds.
We also run a MSc in Plant and Fungal Diversity, Taxonomy and Conservation with Queen Mary University of London.