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Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • 3 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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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.

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 by checking the regulations.

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 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.

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

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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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