Masterclass FAQs

Application Process

What is the Masterclass?

The Masterclass in Horticultural Business is a global leadership program that has been tailor-made for Australian entrepreneurs in horticulture. Students will gain leadership and management skills that will enable them to take their career to the next level.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Masterclass is specifically designed for the upcoming leaders in the horticulture industry. Applicants will need to provide evidence of relevant experience in the horticulture industry. No specific level of education is required.

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete the online application form, including uploading a brief CV and a letter of support from an industry leader.

When do applications close?

Applications for the 2018 Masterclass scholarships have been extended and will be kept open until the scholarship places have been filled. Please enquire to for an update on close dates.

Are there limited places?

Yes, in 2018 applications are competitive and enrolments will be limited.

Is the course available to non-Australian residents?

The course is being run specifically to benefit the Australian Horticultural industry. In 2018 the course is only available to Australian residents. This may be extended to international applicants for future intakes.

What does the course cost?

The tuition fee for the Masterclass can be funded through the HECS/HELP scheme for eligible participants. There are $10,000 industry scholarships available to cover the full course fee. However, please note that selected scholarship recipients will be required to self-fund the costs associated with travel and accommodation to attend the compulsory face to face components of this program.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Read the eligibility requirements for the scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded by a selection committee based on the perceived contribution you will make to the future of the selected industry.

Course Information

When will the course start?

The course will begin on 12 February 2018.

How long does it run for?

The course runs for 10 months. This will consist of 8 individual modules, running for 5 weeks each.

Study Period

Start Date

Term 1 starts (Modules 1 and 2)

12 February 2018

Term 1 ends

15 April 2018


Term 2 starts (Modules 3 and 4)

30 April 2018

Term 2 ends

1 July 2018


Term 3 starts (Modules  5 and 6)

16 July 2018

Term 3 ends

16 September 2018


Term 4 starts (Modules 7 and 8)

1 October 2018

Term 4 ends

2 December 2018

Is the course online?

The course is run online, with three face-to-face intensives throughout the year. The Face to face sessions will be held at the start, middle and end of the course in February, July and late November/early December (dates to be announced).

Who covers travel costs for the face to face sessions?

As part of the Masterclass, there will be three face-to-face sessions in a central location. Please note, students are required to self-fund the costs associated with travel and accommodation to attend the compulsory face to face components of this program.

What is the time commitment for the course?

Students are expected to engage with course between 8-10 hours per week through the online platform.

Will I need to log on at particular times to attend sessions?

The course will be delivered through short engaging video and supporting reading material that will be uploaded weekly. Students can log on at any time to work through the material at their own pace. There will also be live tutorial opportunities and interactive discussion groups.

Are there exams or assignments?

Yes. There are assessment tasks throughout the course. All assessment tasks will be linked to your own scenario or business setting. There will also be the opportunity to take part in practice and portfolio work relevant to your business.


Do you receive a specific qualification?

Masterclass participants will receive an accredited diploma in horticultural business from the University of Tasmania. The diploma is a tailored offering only available to Masterclass participants and meets the Australian Qualifications Framework for education and training set by the Federal Government.

Does the course give credit towards any other qualifications?

Yes. The course gives one year advanced standing into an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at University of Tasmania. As an accredited course, students can also apply for credit into other relevant courses offered by universities.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For more information, please contact the Masterclass team at