Bachelor of AgriScience (Agriculture)

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Help improve New Zealand’s agricultural systems

You’ll gain the knowledge base and the analytical and management skills for you to have a career helping improve the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems

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What is it like?

Studying the Bachelor of AgriScience (Agriculture) degree gives you an understanding of agribusiness and modern farming practices within the wider context of the economy and society.

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. 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 was 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.

Take on the contemporary farming issues

As a BAgriScience student you will develop a broad overview of the issues confronting New Zealand farmers and agribusiness.

Introductory courses in pastures, animals, soils, economics, and business will give you a sound basis for more advanced study later in the programme.

Sought-after by employers

In the final year, there is scope for you to focus on specific subjects. You’ll emerge a well-rounded agriculture graduate, sought-after by employers.

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.

Further studies

You are also able to enter honours, postgraduate diploma, or masters programmes to further your learning after completing the major. The agriculture major is structured to ensure that you develop professional skills in written and spoken presentation, computing, and working with professional colleagues and clients.


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:

  • Enjoy applied sciences
  • Are interested in a career in agriculture
Courtney Hill
Bachelor AgriScience (Agriculture)

“I loved my experience at Massey University, keeping busy with sport, study and Massey Young Farmer’s Club…”

I grew up on a dairy farm in Canterbury and after finishing school chose to pursue my passion and study agricultureMy time at Massey University gave me friendships and skills that will last the rest of my life.

Since finishing my Bachelor of AgriScience degree I have been employed by ASB Bank as part of their Future Me Graduate Programme. This programme is designed for graduates wanting experience in the Rural Banking space and my time at Massey has provided me with a good foundation for this role. Massey’s agricultural courses provide scope for so many exciting possibilities - both during and after you finish your studies


The agriculture major in the Bachelor of AgriScience will prepare you for a career in New Zealand's largest industry.

Excellent career opportunities

Agriculture is a dynamic industry, constantly evolving in response to changes in the marketplace, technology, and social attitudes. It encompasses farming, agricultural service industries, consultancy services, research and development, and sales and marketing. There are excellent career opportunities in all of these sectors.

Employment prospects in agriculture in New Zealand and overseas are very good. The diversity within agriculture results in a wide range of employment opportunities. The agriculture major in the BAgriScience degree is a broad-based qualification enabling you as a graduate to undertake careers such as:

  • Farmers
  • Farm managers
  • Herd managers
  • Operations managers
  • Business managers
  • Rural banking managers
  • Farm consultants
  • Scientists
  • Technical officers
  • Agricultural sales representatives
  • Policy analysts

You may find employment in a wide range of organisations, including:

  • Corporate farms
  • Food processing companies
  • Banks
  • Agricultural chemical, fertiliser, machinery and seed and grain companies
  • Local and central government

You may also seek careers in non-agricultural professions, such as teaching, or pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in New Zealand and overseas.

Academic advice

Do you need help choosing your courses, or would you like to speak to an Adviser about your study? We would love to help you so please contact us.

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