Bachelor of AgriScience

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Join an industry with a bright future

Agriculture dominates New Zealand’s economy - generating billions in export earnings every year. The future of this industry is bright with international demand predicted to grow rapidly.

What is it like?

Agriculture dominates New Zealand’s economy - generating billions in export earnings every year.

Meet the challenges agriculture faces

Massey’s world-class Bachelor of AgriScience programme focuses on the overlapping areas of agriculture, management and technology, enabling you to come up with innovative solutions to the challenges our primary industries face today.

Develop the skills you need

The Bachelor of AgriScience degree gives you an understanding of agricultural systems within the wider context of the economy and society. Your study will focus on the key areas of agriculture systems - for example soils, plant and animals, economics and agricultural systems and management. Your study will also give you an insight into the environmental impact and sustainability of these systems.

You will also learn key skills in communication, information technology, creativity, innovation, problem solving, teamwork and analysis. These are essential for your future career and will make you a sought-after employee.

In-demand by employers

Many of our students have jobs even before they graduate and are going on to great careers.

Join a world-leading agriculture university

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings. We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for agriculture by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture. As a student, you will benefit from our internationally-recognised capability and leadership in this area.

Award-winning labs

Massey’s Manawatu campus hosts the only multi-function teaching laboratories in Australasia.

The labs, built in 2010, won a Best Practice Award for Innovation at the Association for Tertiary Education Management conference in Australia and were shortlisted for the international UKS-Lab awards.

The facility is unique in Australasia in that it allows each laboratory to be tailored to accommodate a variety of disciplines. Technicians can do preparation in the dedicated technical area before moving this into the lab, which means students can spend more time doing lab practical work.

Skills employers seek

Massey aligns its world-ranked agriculture programmes to agribusiness industries throughout the world - ensuring our students graduate with the skills and industry knowledge employers want today, and in the future.

Travel while you study

Our Student Exchange Programme provides an international experience with the chance to study courses at overseas universities and cross-credit them back to a Massey qualification. You’ll pay the same tuition fees while abroad and it’s a great chance to gain the overseas experience and knowledge that many employers value. Some of the top science universities available within the exchange programme are the University of Calgary, Canada, Wageningen University, The Netherlands and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

What to expect

Your first year

One of the best things about this degree is the variety of study. You’ll learn about animals and agriculture, soils and plants, be introduced to agribusiness and physical geography. You’ll also study economics, chemistry, physics and ecology.

Practical work

As part of this programme, you’ll need to do at least 26 weeks of full-time work in an area related to your major. This is usually done during the summer when work is readily available on farms and with rural businesses. To ensure you get the most from this experience, you'll provide a report on your activities which will be assessed.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy applied sciences
  • Are interested in a career in the primary industries
Kate Stewart
Bachelor of AgriScience
Trainee Consulting Officer - DairyNZ

“I chose to study a Bachelor of AgriScience and I just fell in love with it. The best part of my degree was the people I studied with. We helped each other out, knew what each other were up to, and created a support network to lean on. I also enjoyed the practical elements of my degree…”

When I was at high school, I remember a Dairy NZ consulting officer came into our TeenAg group to talk about what she did on a typical day. It sounded amazing and then she showed us her diary for that week and I thought ‘that’s what I want to do’.

I chose to study a Bachelor of AgriScience and I just fell in love with it. The best part of my degree was the people I studied with. We helped each other out, knew what each other was up to, and created a support network to lean on. I also enjoyed the practical elements of my degree. I would go out to farms and talk to real people with real issues for me to solve and use this data to form my assignments – I guess that’s a lot more applied than your average degree. You do the theory in the first year to get the base knowledge, but it just gets more interactive from there.

I have recently started my first job as a Dairy NZ trainee Consulting Officer in Te Awamutu, so I’m living my high school dream. I found the skills I gained at Massey have created a great foundation to help me succeed in my work. My uni friends have jobs across agriculture and it’s a great support network as we build our careers

Careers

The industry is made up of a huge range of organisations, including farming, processing and marketing produce, logistics of product supply, as well as the associated service industries such as banking, company representatives and consultants. That means there is a huge range of careers on offer for those with the right skills.

Industries where agriscience skills are utilised include:

  • fertiliser
  • banking
  • biosecurity
  • breeding
  • consultancy
  • farming in all sectors
  • farm tourism
  • horticulture
  • management
  • policy
  • equestrian sports including racing
  • research and development
  • sales and marketing
  • teaching

Scholarships

There are hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships available for students who are studying in the areas of agriculture and horticulture. Massey has close connections with all the major agricultural organisations in New Zealand, many of whom provide scholarships for Massey students. Over $500,000 worth of scholarships are available in this area.

Find out more about scholarships

Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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