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Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking (Level 7)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected

Summary

The Marlborough region has over 100 wineries, more than 550 independent growers and 77% of New Zealand's total wine production. NMIT has been delivering viticulture and winemaking programmes since 1991.

You will gain an in-depth, professional degree covering both growing grapes (viticulture) and winemaking. It includes a six-week practical vintage, vineyard experience and a final year research project.

Mix with industry and researchers

You will be taught by well qualified, industry experienced staff and Plant and Food Research scientists. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the industry because the programme was developed in consultation with key industry players including Pernod Ricard, Indevin, Wither Hills, WaterForce, Wine Marlborough and Plant and Food Research.

The right programme for you

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking is suitable for you whether you are a high school graduate, you are wishing to change careers, or you are currently working in the wine industry and want to gain a qualification while in your existing employment.

You can study full, part time or online.

Online delivery

If you want to study online, you must be working in industry and need to complete residential schools in Marlborough for 5 courses (4-5 days each) over the degree.

Online students communicate with tutors via moodle, SKYPE and online forums.

Career opportunities & pathways

After you successfully graduate you could gain employment as a viticulturalist, a research and development technician, vineyard manager or owner, wine marketer or winemaker or assistant winemaker. You could also go onto further study.

Entry criteria

  • Achievement of NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) or equivalent

  • OR

    Any qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA as being equivalent to the achievement of NCEA Level 3. If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), NMIT will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

    OR

    Any Level 4 qualification in a related field.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

OR

Achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements

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