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Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Plant Breeding)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Plant Breeding for your Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology at Massey

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:

quantitative genetics & applied plant breeding methods

multisite experimental design

data analysis & interpretation

application of new molecular marker technologies in plant breeding

understand disciplines such as agronomy, plant protection, plant physiology.

Take advantage of our globally renowned expertise

This qualification 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.

Further study

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 progress to an MSc and complete it with a thesis. To progress to a PhD, you need to successfully complete an MSc.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology in Plant Breeding is a good fit if you:

would like a career in plant sciences that involves applied research and the application of molecular tools

would like to work with the seed industry and farmers

would like to join an international group of professionals focused on global food production.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Plant Breeding) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, or equivalent, with a minimum B- average in the majoring 300-level courses, or

a postgraduate certificate that includes 30 credits of courses from the schedule to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology, or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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