The Master of Urban Horticulture is a unique qualification. It is the only postgraduate course in the southern hemisphere, and one of a few in the world, specifically designed for students seeking employment or career advancement in the expanding urban horticulture and landscape management industries. In an increasingly urbanised world high quality, multi-functional urban green spaces and urban forests are seen by citizens, governments and the private sector as increasingly important for the environmental, economic, social and health benefits they provide. Graduates of the Master of Urban Horticulture are uniquely placed to advocate for, design, create and manage urban vegetation, contributing to cleaner, sustainable and more liveable cities
On completion of this course you should be able to:
- Demonstrate skills and knowledge in the design, implementation and current management practices of urban landscapes;
- Interpret, critically analyse and evaluate data generated through research activities in order to effectively implement horticultural programs and operations;
- Investigate and demonstrate innovative approaches to the contemporary, interdisciplinary management of urban landscapes and ecosystems by applying the principles and practices of biological, socio-cultural and environmental factors;
- Evaluate urban vegetation, compare and explain green infrastructure systems and communicate the future effects of climate change and its relevance to the discipline of urban horticulture;
- Develop an understanding of problem solving methodologies and demonstrate personal accountability by applying solutions to the diversity of challenges facing urban horticultural managers;
- Effectively communicate, to a range of audiences, the environmental and functional value of urban horticultural philosophy to the development of creative and vibrant cities.
The Master of Urban Horticulture has been designed for a diversity of post graduate students including those who wish to upgrade their urban horticulture and landscape management skills and those embarking on a new career.
Core studies are completed in the areas of plant production and establishment, horticultural science, urban flora, landscape management , a research project and either project management, social research or experimental design and statistics. Elective subjects include social and therapeutic horticulture, garden history and design, urban tree management, managing invasive species and many others across the university.
Note: Graduates from relevant Honours programs or from the Graduate Diploma in Horticulture can apply for up to 100 points credit into the Masters program.
Employment opportunities can be found in a variety of settings, including:
- arboricultural services and tree management
- urban parks and public open space
- revegetation and restoration
- residential landscape design
- landscape and asset management
- landscape construction and services
- nursery and greenhouse management