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Master of Horticultural Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


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Lincoln University’s Master of Horticulture Science expands your opportunities with a programme involving both advanced training and research in the aspects of science relevant to the horticultural industry.

This is a 240-credit research degree requiring 120 credits of course work plus a 120 credit research thesis. During the programme, you can expect to focus on specific disciplines including Plant Science, Plant Protection, Viticulture and Oenology. The advanced instruction and research experience will make you ready for a wide range of career options in the horticultural industries.

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.

You’ll need to meet with your Research Supervisor to discuss and agree the courses required for your chosen speciality.

Typically your first year of study will consist of six courses chosen from disciplines such as Plant Science, Viticulture and Oenology, Plant Protection and Soil Science. Your second will cover conducting your experiments and writing your thesis.

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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