Bachelor of AgriCommerce with Honours (BAgriCom(Hons))

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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

What is it like?

Massey University’s Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Honours) is a prestigious qualification for those that are interested in progressing to further, in-depth research. This postgraduate qualification will also give you a career advantage.

In the Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Honours) you will gain the research and professional skills required across the value chain from farm production to food marketing.

Join a world-leading university

When you study AgriCommerce at Massey you’ll gain from our expertise across relevant agribusiness-related skills.

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings. We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for agriculture by the 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. Our expertise in agricultural and environmental systems is supported by the Centre for Farm Business Excellence and Agrifood Business.

Massey University also has a focus on food - we were the first university to offer a food technology degree and today are the host of FoodHQ, the Palmerston North based centre for collaborative food research.

Our Massey Business School is also world-ranked - it is among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited with internationally-acclaimed economics and finance specialists.

A relevant qualification

You will learn how to communicate results of investigations and analyse opportunities clearly and persuasively, work effectively in small teams and apply advanced knowledge of agribusiness to effective solutions to agribusiness issues in an ethical and culturally-appropriate way.Our close links with industry will help you identify research that specifically addresses organisational problems.

A growing, innovative industry

New Zealand’s economy is dominated by agriculture and food - it generates close to $37 billion in export earnings a year and international demand is predicted to continue to grow. Join the large group of Massey students that have secured jobs before they graduate.

They have gone on to become leaders in the industry.

Relevant international knowledge

Massey’s AgriCommerce programme aligns itself with agribusiness industries throughout the world - ensuring our graduates have the skills and industry knowledge employers want today, and in the future.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. This qualification will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ 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 passionate about agribusiness
  • Excelled in your undergraduate degree
  • Are interested in going on to more in-depth research, such as a PhD or a career in agribusiness research


Setting you apart

An honours degree is a sign of your excellence and in-depth understanding of the field of agribusiness. Should you pursue a career after qualifying, the Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Honours) will give you a head start on other potential employees with undergraduate degrees.

A step into further study

The honours programme also gives you the research and analytical skills you need to progress into further high-level research/study, such as at a PhD level.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report ‘Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education’ found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • dGood careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s agribusiness staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Iona McCarthy

Iona McCarthy is a registered valuer with research interests including property education, housing values, and rural property markets. She is published in national and international journals such as the International Journal of Strategic Property Management and the Journal of Property Investment and Finance.

Recent research has included changing rural land use, rural property cycles, the impact of wind farm development on property value, farmland prices and returns and property education.

A Fellow of the Property Institute of New Zealand (2006) she also won the PINZ Academic Award in 2007.

She also has 25 years of on-farm experience, working in partnership with her husband, progressing from share milking to farm ownership.

She is interested in increasing understanding of the factors driving change in farmland values and she is keen to ensure that property professionals have appropriate knowledge to value and manage farmland.

Join the engine of the new New Zealand
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