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Bachelor of Horticultural Science

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Some distance courses require attendance at contact workshops
  • 3 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

There are no special requirements beyond those that qualify you to study at University. However, it is preferable that you have credit for NCEA Level 3 biology or science, chemistry, modelling and statistics, plus English and maths. These subjects will help ensure that your transition to university study is as smooth as possible.

In all cases, if English is not your first language and the admission requirements were not completed at an educational institution where English is the medium of instruction, you must achieve an IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Horticultural Science structure

At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Horticultural Science the following is required:

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • A maximum of 165 credits at 100 level
  • A minimum of 75 credits must be from 300-level courses
  • 26 weeks of relevant practical work and two associated reports

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


Year One

115.113 Economics of Business
119.120 Plants for Agriculture and Horticulture
119.180 Introduction to Agribusiness
120.101 Biology of Plants
123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences
161.140 Agri-Statistics
189.151 Soil Properties and Processes (Semester Two)
247.111 Science and Sustainability for Agriculture and Horticulture

Year Two

112.248 Food & Agribusiness Value Chains
119.150 Practicum I*
119.270 Policy, Regulation and Government in Primary Industry
119.281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries
189.251 Soil Fertility and Fertilisers
284.201 Horticultural Production Systems
285.201 Understanding Plant Protection

1 programme elective

1 course from:
114.241 Principles of Human Resources Management
115.212 Fundamentals of Leadership and Teamwork              
120.219 Plants and People                                                                                                                                

Year Three

112.301 International Food and Agribusiness Strategies
119.250 Practicum II*
119.373 Integrative Studies
119.381 Decision Making in Primary Industry
138.301 Precision Agriculture Technologies
199.310 Entomology
284.301 Horticultural Crop Development & Yield
284.342 Horticultural Productivity & Quality
1 programme elective

*26 weeks of relevant practical work (2 x 13 week blocks of full time work). Work to be completed the summer prior to writing the reports

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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