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Bachelor of Science (International Agriculture)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Gain a world view of globally sustainable agriculture

Gain knowledge of the latest science and technologies and the world’s environmental and food security problems ­– and learn the skills to come up with globally applicable solutions.

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What is it like?

The best of both worlds

Enjoy science? Interested in agriculture? This degree is perfect for you! Massey’s Bachelor of Science (International Agriculture) combines an excellent science programme with an agricultural programme recognised throughout New Zealand and the world for its quality.

Change the world. No – really!

New Zealand is a world leader in producing premium food from its land based sustainable agricultural systems using the latest in science and technology.

But feeding the world’s increasing population while protecting the environment and meeting climate change mitigation targets is still an urgent global challenge. This programme will give you the skills to become a scientist that is able to develop innovative solutions to this global challenge.

What will I learn?

When you study the Bachelor of Science (International Agriculture) you will gain an understanding of the major agricultural production systems around the world, including New Zealand. Your learning will include the plants, animals and soils and the key factors for sustainable production.

This understanding will help you appreciate the multi-disciplinary and integrative nature of agriculture. You’ll learn to apply this to solving agricultural problems.

Join a world-leading agricultural 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.

Award-winning facilities

Massey’s Manawatū campus hosts the only multi-function teaching laboratories in Australasia. The labs won a Best Practice Award for Innovation at the Association for Tertiary Education Management conference in Australia and were short-listed for the international UKS-Lab awards. Each laboratory can be tailored to accommodate a variety of disciplines, a unique feature in Australasia.

Massey University has a wide range of other facilities related to agriculture. Dairy, sheep and beef and deer farms are located adjacent to the Palmerston North campus. In addition, a number of research facilities are also available, including the Pasture and Crop Research Unit, the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre, Massey AgriFood Technology Partnership, the Plant Growth Unit, the Equine hospital, the Life Cycle Management Centre, Massey University farms and Seed Tech Services, an ISTA-accredited seed testing laboratory.

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 come into contact with many of New Zealand’s leading agri-based businesses and research centre during your study. Companies like Fonterra, DairyNZ, AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research and AsureQuality.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science aims to give a broad scientific education. You’ll get a strong foundation in key science subjects, as well as the in-depth knowledge of agriculture directly relevant to a career in this field.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.


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A good fit if you:

  • Want to understand agricultural production systems in New Zealand and the world
  • Think how the world grows food sustainably is important
  • Care about the environment
  • Like to solve problems
Hamish Best
Technical Field Representative, PGG Wrightson Ltd

“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 my 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 involving lots of after-sales service and advice. I used 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.


Potential careers include

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Horticultural scientist
  • Agricultural science advisor
  • Horticultural science advisor
  • Environmental officer
  • Policy analysts
  • Agricultural sales and servicing
  • Farm management
  • Farm consulting
  • Extension officer

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