This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Feb 2023
There is a shortage of applied plant breeders in New Zealand and overseas - you will be in demand in the industry. Many graduates have employment before they graduate.
When you study the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Plant Breeding) at Massey University you will become a member of a significant international scientific community responsible for global food security.
This plant breeding major is unique in New Zealand. You will gain expertise in:
Take advantage of our globally renowned expertise
This programme takes a multi-disciplinary and team approach to plant breeding.
You will be taught by highly skilled, internationally recognised and active researchers with expertise in areas like plant genetic resources, quantitative genetics, applied plant breeding, taxonomy and plant physiology. You’ll take part in applied field programs and learn from practicing scientists and experienced field breeders.
World-class equipment and facilities
As a plant breeding student you will have access to Massey’s world-leading equipment and facilities such as our extensive glasshouses and farms, molecule labs, the Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium, the Palynology Laboratory, Plant Growth Unit, Seed Testing Services, Massey Genome Service and the Manawatu Microscopy and Imaging Centre.
Relevant and topical
You’ll gain real-world experience by working and researching with organisations working on plant breeding. Physically located near Massey’s Manawatu campus, organisations such as AgResearch Grasslands Research Centre, Plant & Food and SCION often co-supervise our master’s and PhD students.
You’ll emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.
You will gain the skills to work as
Highly sought after
Globally there is a shortage of plant breeders, so you will be in demand.
This qualification shares many aspects of the Master of Science (Plant Breeding) qualification. However, this is a shorter qualification (can be completed in a year) and you will not undertake a research project.
If you successfully complete this PGDipSc you can conduct a 120 credit thesis to achieve your MSc qualification. To progress to a PhD, you need to successfully complete a Bachelor of Honours or a MSc qualification.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Plant Breeding) you will have been awarded or qualified for:
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.