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Graduate Diploma in Viticulture Science

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jan 2025


Eastern Institute of Technology


If you already have a degree, this graduate diploma will allow you to fast track into a viticulture specialisation.

It is suitable if you are working in the grapegrowing industry and wish to increase your skills and knowledge to further your career, or if you want to fast track a career shift into the wine industry.

The programme emphasises the specific scientific and technical aspects of grapegrowing and can be studied either on-campus or by distance learning. EIT | Te Pūkenga offers the only distance learning graduate diplomas in viticulture and oenology in New Zealand.

To enrol in this programme you need to have a three year degree or equivalent qualification, or be able to demonstrate significant work experience in the wine industry.


The Graduate Diploma in Viticulture Science s designed for those who want to pursue careers as a viticulturist, vineyard contractor, owner/operator of a vineyard, technical consultant, grower liaison and as a researcher.

This qualification provides you with a technical understanding of viticulture science and current grapegrowing practices plus industry-relevant practical skills. An intensive introduction to winemaking rounds out your knowledge.

Distance learning students do need to attend residential schools held each semester in either May/June or September/October. Some residential schools may be scheduled on weekend days. The residential school timetables are provided in December for the following year.

Your future career and study opportunities

Graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture Science opens up many career pathways for a future in the grape growing (viticulture science) industry at a technical, supervisory or management level.

You can pursue careers such as:

Vineyard manager
Viticultural contractor
Research and development
Owner/operator of a vineyard
Viticulture educator
Grower liaison

Future study options include the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master of Wine Business and Innovation. These EIT | Te Pūkenga programmes are offered either on-campus or by distance learning.

Entry criteria

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

Have completed a three year undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification); or
Be able to demonstrate significant in-depth work and professional experience (at least five years) in the grapegrowing and winemaking industry (at the discretion of EIT | Te Pūkenga).

All applicants are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including:

Completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4 – Academic)
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment
International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA

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