Bachelor of Agricultural Science

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Entry requirements

While there are no special requirements beyond those that qualify you to study at University it is preferable that you have credit for NCEA Level 3 Biology or Science, Chemistry, Modelling and Statistics, plus English and Maths. Taking these subjects will help ensure a smooth transition to University study.

In all cases, if English is not the applicant’s first language and the admission requirements were not completed at an educational institution where English is the medium of instruction, the applicant shall have achieved an IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science can be completed without a major or with a major in Equine. It is possible to change to or from a major during your degree but it is better to finalise your major before the 2nd year to avoid complications. Advice on selection of major or selection of optional courses can be obtained from the Programme Director or the Student Advisor.

Bachelor of Agricultural Science structure

All Bachelor of Agricultural Science students will take a selection of compulsory courses throughout the degree, most of which are in the 1st year and include courses in introductory science, economics and agribusiness. This structure is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set which will equip them to go on to more advanced courses in the 2nd and 3rd years. Compulsory courses for all Bachelor of Agricultural Science students can be viewed using the regulations button once you select your major.

Each major also has a set of compulsory courses spread across all years in subject areas such as agricultural/horticultural systems and management, agribusiness, animal science, equine science, agricultural engineering, plant pests and diseases, plant science and soil science. In the 3rd year you have some choice of courses from a wide range of those offered by Massey University, provided you have met the requirements for your major. All students must complete at least five courses at 3rd year level.

There is also a practical work requirement for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree. It consists of at least 26 weeks full-time work in an area relevant to your major which is completed by submission of two reports for assessment. Practical work is normally done during summer vacations throughout the degree. Summer jobs are readily available on farms, orchards and other rural enterprises.

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

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Up to 165 credits (11 courses) may be completed at 100-level
  • At least 195 credits (13 courses) completed above first year. Of these 75 credits or more 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

Majors or endorsements

Note: Where courses required for a major are not currently offered via distance learning alternatives are available.

The majors available for this programme are:


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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