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Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Horticultural Science)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Horticultural Science for your Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology at Massey

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Horticultural Science) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a master's level. The qualification consists of 90 credits of taught courses and 30 credits of research.

The qualification gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability.

Take advantage of our globally renowned expertise

Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. You will learn from, and research with, highly-skilled, internationally-recognised and active researchers in horticulture. They have a huge depth of knowledge and experience. Our current specific areas of horticulture research expertise include:

fruit and vegetable innovation

high-value plant products and services

applied plant and horticultural science

seed science and technology.

You will also be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise across the sciences. We have a wide and relevant group of expertise within the university. This includes engineering and fundamental sciences like microbiology and biochemistry, to agriculture, environmental management and food technology and innovation.

This means that no matter what your research interest, you will have access to a broad range of experts to assist you in developing your own research project.

Further study

If you complete the qualification at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Science (Horticultural Science). If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the master's qualification.

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

would like to help develop innovative approaches to quality, nutrition, flavour, market access and sustainability in horticultural products

are interested in postgraduate Horticulture study, but do not have a research background

would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate qualification.

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 (Horticultural Science) 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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