The University of Melbourne

Master of Urban Horticulture

The University of Melbourne

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

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.

Designed for

Those seeking professional employment or research careers in 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.


  • Urban horticulture

Standard 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.

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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Burnley Domestic: $63,501
International: $63,501

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.

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