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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Agricultural Science)

Overview

Take your excellence and turn it into something more

If you are interested in further in-depth research, this qualification gives you the skills to progress to a PhD.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Manawatū

When you study towards Massey’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Agricultural Science) you will gain advanced knowledge in agricultural areas you’re interested in. 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.

A wide range of topics

Some of the topics you can choose to study in-depth include:

  • livestock feeding
  • growth and meat science
  • genetics and breeding
  • reproduction and fertility
  • metabolism and endocrinology
  • lactation and milk production
  • dairy/sheep/beef/pig/deer/poultry/equine production
  • sustainable agricultural systems
  • farm and horticultural management
  • soil fertility/conservation/management
  • agronomy
  • pasture production/ecophysiology.

Award-winning facilities

Massey’s Manawatū campus hosts the only multi-function teaching laboratories in Australasia. The labs are internationally award-winning.

There are many 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
  • Seed Tech Services, an ISTA-accredited seed testing laboratory.

Make industry connections

Massey’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agricultural Science gives you the opportunity to network and form links with research and agricultural organisations for internships, forming a basis for your research project. Collaboration between Massey University and adjacent Crown Research Institutes offers unrivalled advantages to postgraduate students, including access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities.

Careers and further study

Careers

For those with a passion for research, the Massey honours programme is a pathway into a PhD.

Employers value Massey’s Bachelor of Science with Honours (Agricultural Science) graduates. You’ll have the skills to advance quickly within an organisation.

In demand

According to CareersNZ, agricultural scientist roles are on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled agricultural scientists from overseas to work in New Zealand.

Employers report having particular trouble finding agricultural/horticultural scientists with skills in the following areas:

  • plant breeding, including plant genomics and plant genetics
  • farming systems
  • animal genetics
  • soil science
  • molecular biology
  • statistics
  • water quality
  • biometrics.

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.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Agricultural Science) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree, or close equivalent, with a major in Agricultural Science, with a minimum B+ in majoring 300-level courses, or
  • a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology in Agricultural Science, or close equivalent, with a minimum B+ in the 300-level courses.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory course

238798 Research Report 30

At least 15 credits from

At least 15 credits from
119728 Research Methods in Animal, Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences 15
119729 Research Methods 15
162760 Research Methods and Communication in the Biosciences 30

Subject courses

117761 Ruminant Livestock Feeding 15
117762 Intensive Livestock Feeding 15
117764 Growth and Meat Science 15
117765 Genetics and Breeding 15
117767 Reproduction and Fertility 15
117768 Metabolism and Endocrinology 15
117769 Lactation and Milk Production 15
117771 Dairy Production 15
117772 Sheep Production 15
117773 Beef Cattle Production 15
117774 Pig Production 15
117775 Deer Production 15
117776 Poultry Production 15
117783 Advanced Studies in Animal Science 15
117784 Advanced Studies in Animal Science 30
119710 Nutrient Management in Grazed Pasture Systems 30
119711 Nutrient Management in Arable Systems 15
189752 Advanced Soil Fertility 30
189753 Soil and Land Evaluation 30
189755 Soil and Water Pollution 30
189757 Advanced Soil Conservation 15
189758 Advanced Soil Water Management 15
283701 Advanced Pasture Production and Practice 15
283702 Advanced Agronomy 30
283704 Urban and Farm Forestry 15
283708 Quantitative Plant Breeding 30
284703 Vegetable Production Science 15
284704 Fruit Production Science 15
284741 Post-harvest Physiology 30
285742 Topics in Advanced Plant Protection 30
286701 Advanced Equine Production 15
286711 Equine Science 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • are interested in going on to in-depth research, such as a master's or PhD
  • are passionate about agriculture
  • would like to gain real-world experience.

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Agriculture and Forestry

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings.


ShanghaiRanking - agricultural science

Massey University is ranked No.1 in New Zealand for agricultural science by ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.


Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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