Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Horticultural Science)

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Pathway to masters

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a master's

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Horticultural Science) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a masters level. The programme consists of 90 credits of taught programmes and 30 credits of research.

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability. If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Science (Horticultural Science). If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the masters programme.

Take advantage of our globally-renowned expertise

Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. You will learn from, and research with, highly-skilled internationally-recognised and active researchers in horticulture, with a huge depth of knowledge and experience. Our current specific areas of horticulture research expertise include fruit and vegetable innovation, high-value plant products and services, applied plant and horticultural science and seed science and technology.

You will also be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise across the sciences. We have a wide and relevant group of expertise within the university, from engineering and fundamental sciences like microbiology and biochemistry, to agriculture, environmental management and food technology and innovation.

This means no matter what your research interest you will have access to a broad range of experts to assist you develop your own research project.

Use world-leading equipment and facilities

As a horticulture student you will have access to our world-leading equipment and facilities such as our controlled environment plant growth facilities, the unique and extensive university orchards and state-of-the-art plant physiology and biology equipment.

Be surrounded by the best

Massey University is a partner in the Joint Graduate School for Horticulture and Food Enterprise (with Plant&Food). Massey University is also home to ‘foodHQ’, New Zealand’s international centre for collaborative food research. FoodHQ is a collaboration between organisations including Massey University, AgResearch, AsureQuality, the Cawthorn Institute, SR, Fonterra, Plant & Food Research and the Riddet Institute. There is a breadth of horticultural research activities at Massey, including the work to understand the effects of light in improving crop production and quality, research on fruit crops such as kiwifruit and apples, Maori vegetable crop science, and plant disease.

Relevant and topical

We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means that you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers. Massey has strong links with industry, used to help our students find relevant and topical research projects.

Internationally accredited

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. 

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the postgraduate diploma replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ as undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a horticultural-related area or are near completion (one or two courses to go)
  • Would like to help develop innovative approaches to quality, nutrition, flavour, market access and sustainability in horticultural products
  • Are interested in postgraduate horticulture study, but do not have a research background, or
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme

Careers

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises.The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s horticulture staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Dr Nick Roskruge

Dr Roskruge’s areas of expertise are the genealogy of plant history and indigenous knowledge in natural resource management. This encompasses vegetable production, Māori resource studies, Māori agribusiness and ethnobotany. He was a part of a Marsden-funded project completed in 2011 traced the influence of cultivation on the whakapapa of endemic NZ plants with molecular markers. He is the author of 3 books related to Māori food and plant uses.

Although he has a focus on Māori crops, his work has implications internationally. He has been a speaker at indigenous-crop and sustainability related conferences around the world and undertook research while based in Peru with Andean communities and crops.

In 2013 he was awarded a Fulbright Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Travel Award that saw him based at Cornell University (New York State) in their International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development for two months. There he worked on a project to better understand the history of taewa (Māori potato), kumara, and Indian corn.

Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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