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Bachelor of Agricultural Science

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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The Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree gives you the contemporary agriculture-related skills you will need to become a leader in this rapidly growing international industry.

Agriculture dominates New Zealand’s economy - generating billions in export earnings every year. The Bachelor of Agricultural Science will give you the relevant, up-to-date skills to help you take your place in this exciting industry.

You will dig into every aspect of agriculture including pastures, crops, animal and soil sciences as well as economics, agribusiness and the influence of Government policies, regulations and Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. You will learn about future and present issues in the industry and gain skills in the use of technology in agriculture. Disciplines like engineering, physics, chemistry and biology are also an important part of gaining a broad understanding of the primary industries.

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.


One of the best things about this degree is the variety of study. You’ll learn about animals and agriculture, soils and pasture, be introduced to agribusiness and decision-making skills. You’ll also study economics, chemistry, physics and ecology.

Practical work

As part of this programme, you’ll need to do at least 26 weeks of full-time work in an area related to your major. This is usually done during the summer when work is readily available on farms and with rural businesses.


The industry is made up of a huge range of organisations, including farming, processing and marketing produce, logistics of product supply, as well as the associated service industries such as banking, company representatives and consultants. That means there is a huge range of careers on offer for those with the right skills.

Industries where agricultural science skills are utilised include:

  • fertiliser
  • seed
  • banking
  • biosecurity
  • breeding
  • consultancy
  • agricultural production
  • farm tourism
  • management
  • policy
  • research and development
  • sales and marketing
  • teaching.


  • 360 credits
  • No more than 165 credits at 100 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level
  • 26 weeks of practical work experience and complete reports and

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits. If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester.

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 Academic overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0). TOEFL and PTE is acceptable

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