Master of Agriculture (Equine)

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Join New Zealand’s no.1 university for agriculture

Elevate your career with Massey’s Master of Agriculture.

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What is it like?

The Master of Agriculture is a professional master's programme, specifically tailored for people working in the primary industries who may be seeking an appointment to a senior position or taking on a leadership role in an agricultural-related industry.

Choose from a wide range of themes

Master of Agriculture (Equine) students are able to select from a wide range of equine subjects including growth, development, training, diseases and care of the equine athlete.

Leading lecturers and industry-relevance

As a student of the Master of Agriculture you will have access to lecturers and supervisors acknowledged as being among the best in the world. Massey University has very good equine industry contacts, facilitating research with a commercial context. Collaboration between the University and adjacent Crown Research Institutes offers unrivalled advantages to postgraduate students’ access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities.

Award-winning facilities

Massey’s Manawatū 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.

Wide range of equine facilities

You will have access to a wide range of facilities and services including the Large Animal Teaching Unit, an equine treadmill and clinical facilities operated by the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, such as X-ray and computer tomography (CT).

The Massey University Equestrian Centre is available for use by equine postgraduate students. Facilities include an all-weather arena, covered yards and grazing areas. We are the only university in New Zealand where you can bring your horse with you to campus!

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 ShanghaiRankings. 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.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding, empowering you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

If you are interested in a more traditional research-based master's, our Master of Science (Animal Science) may be more suitable for you.

 

A good fit if you:

  • Are working in an equine-related industry and wish to progress your career to a senior level
  • Are passionate about the equine industry
  • Have an undergraduate qualification in a related area with a B grade average in your 300 level courses

Careers

Complementing your existing skills with advanced knowledge, analytical, project management and communication skills will be valued by a wide range of equine organisations particularly in supervisory and management roles.

The primary industries are a growing sector and there are great employment and business opportunities for suitably qualified graduates.

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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