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Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


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Stand out with a highly specialised qualification that prepares you for leadership roles in areas where farm business, agribusiness, science and commerce meet. This is one of our most rewarding degrees.

As farming and related industries evolve and innovate, there will be an increasing need for highly educated managers who understand how land-based and primary production sector businesses interact and trade.

This degree is made up of academic study, real-world case examples, industry interactions, field trips and regional study tours.

How you’ll grow

  • Study for a degree that has close links to our primary industries.
  • Develop a broad, immediately applicable knowledge base in farm systems and farm management, agribusiness, animal, plant and soil production.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the expanding business and entrepreneurial sides of land-based food production.

Career opportunities

Graduates in this programme are ready to flourish in a variety of professional roles right across the agricultural industry. These include farm management, farm services, agricultural consulting, rural finance or rural accounting.

Practical work

In addition to your study, you’re required to complete at least 30 weeks of hands-on practical experience. This can be two farm placements of 15 weeks each OR two farm placements plus a further allied placement of 10 weeks.

The minimum placement period is 10 weeks per workplace, with a maximum term of 15 weeks. Two reports are required.

To complete the practical requirements successfully, you’ll need:

  • Competence in driving vehicles (experience driving tractors or trucks is an advantage)
  • The physical ability to work on farms without endangering yourself or others.

Some previous farming experience is preferred but not essential.

Entry criteria

University Entrance through NCEA or an approved, equivalent qualification.

Recommended preparation

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture / Horticulture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • English (highly recommended)
  • Maori Studies
  • Maths / Statistics;

International qualifications

  • GCE ‘A’ Levels (taken in countries other than the UK) - A minimum of 3 results with at least 1 grade at Level C or above. (General Studies is not to be used as one of the results.)
  • Cambridge Pre-U - 3 principal subjects, a GPR and evidence of numeracy
  • Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) - At least 4 subjects with grades 3 or higher
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) - The diploma must be completed with a minimum of 24 points

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 60 (with at least 18 in writing)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score less than 42
  • Lincoln University English Language LU EL 65%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 (Academic Endorsement)

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