Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science)

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Do you want to help improve agricultural systems?

A BSc (Agricultural Science) will help you gain the skills to improve productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems, in New Zealand and around the world.

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What is it like?

The Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science) will help you understand modern farming, and give you a sound foundation in agriculture for careers in the primary product sector.

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.

Each laboratory can be tailored to accommodate a variety of disciplines. This is a unique feature in Australasia.

Technicians can also do preparation in the dedicated technical area before moving this into the lab, which means students can spend more time doing lab practical work.

A broad scientific education

You will share courses in areas such as soils, plants, animals and agricultural systems with classmates from the Bachelor of Agriscience and your other classes will be in sciences.

Broad range of topics

Topics include animal production, agricultural systems, land, soil and water, seed science, weed control, animal nutrition, genetics for livestock improvement, meat and fibre production, dairy production, pasture and crop agronomy, sheep production, soil fertility and fertilisers, pasture management and plant protection.

Connected to industry

Massey is leading the way in New Zealand’s agriculture and food industry. Our teaching is research-led and based on the newest developments. You’ll engage with many of New Zealand’s leading agri-based businesses and research centres like Fonterra, DairyNZ, AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research and Asure Quality.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report, undertaken over nine years, showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.


Employers want students with real-world experience and the knowledge to help solve the big problems in the agriculture industry. As part of your study you’ll spend 20 weeks gaining industry experience working with an agricultural, horticultural or equine company.

Your assignments will also involve conducting projects and research across our 2000ha of farmland on Massey’s Agricultural Experiment Station.

If you are more interested in the management aspects of agriculture Massey’s Bachelor of AgriScience offers a combination of learning that is more focused towards the business aspects of agriculture.


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. In 2016 $540,000 worth of scholarships were distributed to students in this area.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to understand the breadth of agriculture
  • Are interested in combining agriculture with another major
  • Would like to go into a career in agriculture, but with a focus on science
Hamish Best
Bachelor of Science
(Agricultural Science)
Graduated in 2012
Technical Field Representative, PGG Wrightson Ltd

“I use the research techniques and technical information from my degree on a daily basis…”

I decided to study a BSc in agricultural science for two reasons, I had a passion for agriculture, and I enjoyed the sciences during secondary school. After my first couple of years I realised I wanted to spend some time building a career in the agriculture support industry. In my second year of study I developed an interest in plant science and pasture production, which lead to a third year focusing particularly on agronomy-based courses and an honours year studying agronomy and animal production courses.

In the last couple of years at Massey I realised an agronomist role would be perfect for me as it combines the science of growing crops with the farmer/customer interaction side of things. After graduating I started working for Agricom - one of New Zealand’s top seed companies in a sales-based role that involved a lot of after-sales service and advice.

I use the research techniques and technical information from my degree on a daily basis.

I now work for PGG Wrightson Ltd providing technical information to help farmers maximise the productivity and profitability from their investment in pasture renovation and forage crops.


Graduates are in demand in New Zealand and overseas. The diversity in New Zealand’s thriving primary production sector provides a wide range of employment opportunities such as:

  • Farm consulting
  • Farm management
  • Agricultural sales and servicing
  • Scientists
  • Policy analysts
  • Farmer
  • Technical advisor
  • Extension officer

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