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Master of Agricultural Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


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Expand your abilities to grow the impact of agricultural production through advanced management and science.

As agriculture and agribusiness around the world respond to evolving challenges and opportunities, there’s a need for more in-depth scientific management that brings business acumen alongside sophisticated understanding and innovation.

Lincoln University’s Master of Agricultural Science offers advanced study and research in the fields that underpin agricultural production and development. Primary industries are vital to Aotearoa-New Zealand’s economy now and in the future. This programme develops your ability to respond as an agriculturalist to the requirements to produce quality products that satisfy the standards and needs of international markets.

Programme Structure

You’re required to complete 240 credits. This is normally made up of 120 credits of taught courses (from the regulation schedules for the relevant Master’s degree) and a thesis worth 120 credits. Students enrolling in a thesis-only Master’s only need complete a minimum of 120 credits.

The first year’s study provides preliminary research preparation.

Entry criteria

  • For a 240 credit Master’s (thesis plus exam) you need a relevant New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent with a B average or better in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses
  • For the 120 credit Master’s (thesis only) a relevant postgraduate honours degree with Second Class Honours, Division One equivalent or higher.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)

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