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Bachelor of Horticultural Science

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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This degree is the only New Zealand horticultural degree fully co-designed and created in collaboration with industry.

The Bachelor of Horticultural Science is focused on helping you become a horticulture graduate who can hit the ground running. It will give you the relevant, contemporary skills that industry seek.

In demand by employers

Globally there are more jobs in horticulture than there are people to fill them. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the apple industry alone estimates that they need 150 graduates each year for the next decade. Horticulture will offer you a wide range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities across business and science roles.

Future-focused and industry-led

This qualification will give you an understanding of the breadth of horticulture. This includes everything from the genetics of plants to plant growth, the production of food, agribusiness, the influence of government policies, regulations and the Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. You will learn how products are marketed and sold, and how to understand what consumers want in international markets.

Experience before you graduate

Industry experience is integrated into this degree, with practical work courses allowing you to experience and analyse real-world scenarios while you are studying.

There are many opportunities to attend field trips, multi-day study tours around New Zealand and even international study tours to see world-leading horticultural operations and research.

Through your coursework there are also plenty of other practical applications and real-world experiences including guest lecturers from industry.

Variety of study

One of the best things about this degree is the variety of study. You’ll learn about plant biology, soils and cropping, be introduced to production horticulture, agribusiness and agri-related analytics and statistics. You’ll also study economics and applied chemistry and physics.


After completing your qualification, you will be prepared for a wide range of technical and management positions, in New Zealand and internationally. Some areas of employment include:

  • Horticulture science consultant
  • Orchard and greenhouse production management
  • Crop disease and pest control
  • Technology, innovation & robotics
  • Post-harvest management
  • Biosecurity
  • Organic production
  • Perishable supply-chain management
  • International trade, access, and marketing
  • Policy, regulation and advocacy

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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