Master of Urban Horticulture

The University of Melbourne

This program teaches students how to design, implement and manage urban landscapes. Students gain an understanding of the biological, socio-cultural and environmental factors that shape horticultural systems. The program is delivered in 9 hectares of heritage-listed gardens at Burnley campus, Australia's leading centre for horticultural education with over 120 years of experience. The campus features a unique collection of Indigenous and exotic plants; a landscape construction area; the demonstration green roof highlighting the benefits of urban green infrastructure; training gardens for design and maintenance; container and field nurseries; a horticultural library; and experimental plots.

Course Fee:

Australian: $63,501
International: $83,968

Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree or graduate or postgraduate certificate in any discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 75%, or equivalent, for a CSP, or 65%, or equivalent, for an Australian or international fee place. If you have completed an undergraduate degree in plant science or horticulture with a weighted average mark of at least 65%, you may be eligible for entry into the 150 point program. The Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture can be used as an exit point from the Master of Urban Horticulture.


200 credit point program comprising: 75 points of core subjects, 25 points of professional toolbox subjects, minimum of 25 points of research project, and minimum of 25 points of discipline electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Urban horticulture

Study Pathways:

Completion of an honours program or a Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture (or equivalent) will give an advanced standing of 100 points into the Master of Urban Horticulture. Completion of a Graduate Certificate in Garden Design will give an advanced standing of 50 points into the Master of Urban Horticulture.

Further information:

Graduates are employed in careers including arboriculture, commerce, sales, education, revegetation and restoration, training, garden design, landscape and open space management, horticultural media, nurseries, or research and development in emerging areas such as green infrastructure, urban food production, and social and therapeutic horticulture.

Who for:

Those seeking professional employment or research careers in urban horticulture

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Related Careers:

Agricultural Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Burnley No info Yes Full time 2 years
Burnley No info Yes Part time 4 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

Admission and Selection

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Study options

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You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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