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Master of Science (Agricultural Science)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Join New Zealand’s no.1 university for agriculture

Join the Master of Science (Agricultural Science) to help increase the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems in New Zealand and around the world.

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What is it like?

Studying Massey’s Master of Science in agricultural science is an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in agriculture. This is a research-based master's, where you will acquire the analytical and management skills to help you improve productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems, in New Zealand and around the world.

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 and 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.

World-leading lecturers and industry-relevance

As an agriculture student at Massey you will have access to lecturers and supervisors acknowledged as being among the best in the world. Collaboration between Massey University and nearby Crown Research Institutes offers unrivalled advantages to postgraduate students, including access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities.

You will have access to a wide range of facilities and services including the Pasture and Crop Research Unit, the Fertiliser and Lime Research Unit, the Plant Growth Unit, The Equine Unit, the Life Cycle Management Centre, Massey University farms, teaching laboratories and library resources.

Become a sought-after employee

Studying towards your master's is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a sought-after postgraduate qualification.

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:

  • Are continuing on from undergraduate agricultural science study
  • Are interested in a research-based degree
  • Wish to study a qualification with a broad science base
  • Are looking for a career in science as a senior technician or researcher, or are interested in progressing to a PhD


The primary industries are a growing sector and there are great employment and business opportunities for suitably qualified graduates. This qualification is suitable if you are interested in a career in science either as a senior technician, a researcher or may be looking to acquire entry into a PhD.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Occupational Outlook indicates that employment prospects are good in all primary industry sectors. The New Zealand Immigration service has also included a wide range of primary industry jobs in the skills shortage list, particularly in supervisory and management roles.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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