Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture

Learn essential skills in horticulture and green infrastructure at the traditional home of horticulture in Australia. Our course is delivered from the beautiful 9 hectares of heritage-listed gardens at Burnley campus. Burnley has been teaching horticulture since 1891.

Choose Urban Horticulture at Melbourne

Create resilient, healthy and diverse urban environments. You will study plants in urban landscape environments, with a focus on issues of design, planning, implementation and management, to supporting the health and wellbeing of the community and the creation of future liveable cities.

Learn from the best

Our teaching staff have strong links with industry and many are research leaders. The Burnley campus is based on nine hectares of ornamental heritage gardens. You will have access to a green roof and wall demonstration centre, landscape construction areas, a pruning garden and experimental plots, a unique collection of indigenous and exotic plants, container and field nurseries, a horticulture library, research areas, training gardens for design and maintenance, and thousands of plant specimens.

Tap into our networks

With 150 years of history, Burnley has an extensive and successful alumni network, which provides unrivaled employment and mentoring opportunities for you. Diverse experiences such as field trips to historic and contemporary gardens, production nurseries and urban landscapes are incorporated into the course. The industry internship subject will kick-start your career by allowing you to develop your professional network and apply your new knowledge.

Career outcomes

  • Arboriculture
  • Design and maintenance of public and private gardens
  • Management of heritage landscapes
  • Landscape design and construction
  • Production and retail nurseries
  • Revegetation and bush flora management
  • Green infrastructure
  • Horticulture media
  • Landcare coordination
  • Urban parks and gardens
  • Horticulture consultancy
  • Therapeutic horticulture

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Course structure

This course is a two-year full-time course (or equivalent part-time) offered at the Burnley campus of the University. Students must complete 200 points of core subjects to qualify for the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture.

University of Melbourne Handbook

Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture

Sample course plan


Core subject

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Delivery mode & duration

This is a 2 year full-time course, and is available part-time. Part-time study is not available to international students due to Visa restrictions.

All program subjects are delivered on-campus (Burnley) in approximately 20 hours per week (based on full-time study load).

Entry is available Semester 1 (February).

Entry pre-prerequisites & requirements

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • 2012 Minimum ATAR Score: 54
  • Subject requirements:
    • A study score of at lease 25 in English/English Language/Literature, or at least 30 in ESL.

How to apply

There is a different application process for local, international, and study abroad and exchange students. Click on the relevant link below for more information.

Local students

Local students are those who hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

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International students

International students are those who do not hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

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Study abroad & exchange

Study Abroad and Exchange students are those who are currently studying at an overseas institution and would like to study at the University of Melbourne for one or two semesters.

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