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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Agriculture
MAgr

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Master of Agriculture requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, or equivalent; and

(c) have achieved a B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses of the qualification(s) considered for admission, or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Master of Agriculture shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of 700- and 800-level courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:

(a) Parts One and Two as specified in the schedule to the degree;

(b) at least 60 credits at 800 level;

including:

(c) one of the compulsory courses listed in Schedule A to the Qualification;

(d) at least 150 credits from the Schedule for the Qualification;

(e) no more than 45 credits of Special Topic courses;

(f) no more than 30 credits of professional development (5 credit) courses;

(g) attending field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

Specialisations

3. The degree of Master of Agriculture may be awarded with or without a subject.

4. Candidates may complete a subject by passing at least 105 credits in a subject, including a research report of 60 credits in that subject. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Qualification.

5. Subjects available in the Master of Agriculture are: Agriculture, Equine, Horticulture and Life Cycle Management.

Student Progression

6. For progression from Part One to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a Grade Average of B over the first 90 credits undertaken for Part One, which must include the compulsory course, either 119.720 or 119.728.

7. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Agriculture may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

Completion Requirements

8. The timeframes for completion as outlined in General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

9. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Science and Technology should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

10. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Schedule for the Master of Agriculture

Part One (120 credits from)

Schedule A: Compulsory course selection (15 credits from)

119.720 Applied Agriculture Research Methods 15 credits

119.728 Research Methods in Animal, Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences 15 credits
R 119.729, 162.760, 162.761, 162.762

Schedule B: Subjects

Agriculture (105 credits)

45 credits at 700 level selected from at least two subject areas (denoted by prefix number) from the 117, 119, 189, 238 and 283 prefix courses listed in Schedule C to the qualification.

Part Two course (60 credits from)

119.820 Applied Agriculture Research Report 60 credits
P 119.720

Equine (105 credits)

Compulsory courses

286.701 Advanced Equine Production 15 credits
R 117.777

286.711 Equine Science 15 credits
R 117.763

15 credits at 700 level selected from the 112, 117, 119 and 283 prefix courses listed in Schedule C to the qualification.

Part Two course (60 credits from)

119.820 Applied Agriculture Research Report 60 credits
P 119.720

Horticulture (105 credits)

30 credits from

284.703 Vegetable Production Science 15 credits
R 171.722; 171.724; 284.701; 284.702

284.704 Fruit Production Science 15 credits
R 171.722; 171.724; 284.701; 284.702

15 credits at 700 level from 119, 189, 283, 284 and 285 prefix courses listed in Schedule C to the qualification.

Part Two course (60 credits from)

119.820 Applied Agriculture Research Report 60 credits
P 119.720

Life Cycle Management (105 credits)

Compulsory courses

238.700 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Footprinting Principles 15 credits

238.711 Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Case Studies 15 credits
P 238.700

15 credits from

238.710 Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Methods 15 credits
P 238.700 or 238.300

238.712 Use of Life Cycle Assessment to Support Decision-Making 15 credits
P 238.700 C 238.700

Part Two course (60 credits from)

119.820 Applied Agriculture Research Report 60 credits
P 119.720

Schedule C: Elective courses

112.701 Farm Management 30 credits

117.761 Ruminant Livestock Feeding 15 credits
P 117.342 or 117.371 or 117.381

117.762 Intensive Livestock Feeding 15 credits
P 117.342

117.764 Growth and Meat Science 15 credits
P 117.344

117.765 Genetics and Breeding 15 credits
P 117.345

117.767 Reproduction and Fertility 15 credits
P 117.347

117.768 Metabolism and Endocrinology 15 credits
P 117.348

117.769 Lactation and Milk Production 15 credits
P 117.347

117.771 Dairy Production 15 credits
P 117.351 or 117.371 or 117.381

117.772 Sheep Production 15 credits
P 117.352 or 117.371 or 117.381

117.773 Beef Cattle Production 15 credits
P 117.353 or 117.371 or 117.381

117.774 Pig Production 15 credits
P 117.354 or 117.371 or 117.381

117.775 Deer Production 15 credits
P 117.355 R 117.755

117.776 Poultry Production 15 credits
P 117.354 or 117.371 or 117.381

117.784 Advanced Studies in Animal Science 30 credits

119.710 Nutrient Management in Grazed Pasture Systems 30 credits

119.711 Nutrient Management in Arable Systems 15 credits

119.731 Topics in Agricultural Extension and Consultancy 15 credits
R 111.755

119.791 Special Topic 15 credits

119.792 Special Topic 15 credits

189.752 Advanced Soil Fertility 30 credits

189.753 Soil and Land Evaluation 30 credits
P 189.364

189.755 Soil and Water Pollution 30 credits
P 189.363

189.757 Advanced Soil Conservation 15 credits
P 189.252

189.758 Advanced Soil Water Management 15 credits
P 189.252

189.759 Advanced Studies in Soil Science 30 credits

235.701 Māori Values and Resource Management 15 credits
R 188.704

238.700 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Footprinting Principles 15 credits

238.710 Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Methods 15 credits
P 238.700 or 238.300

238.711 Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Case Studies 15 credits
P 238.700

238.712 Use of Life Cycle Assessment to Support Decision-Making 15 credits
P 238.700 C 238.700

238.751 Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emission Science 15 credits
P 189.362

283.701 Advanced Pasture Production and Practice 15 credits
P 171.301 or 283.301 R 171.707

283.702 Advanced Agronomy 30 credits
P 283.301 or 283.311 or 283.305 R 171.701 or 171.711 or 171.713 or 283.741

283.704 Urban and Farm Forestry 15 credits
P 283.101 or 283.321 or 283.311 or 284.322 R 284.721

283.708 Quantitative Plant Breeding 30 credits
P One of 120.3xx, 283.305, 284.301 or 284.342 R 171.754

284.703 Vegetable Production Science 15 credits
R 171.722; 171.724; 284.701; 284.702

284.704 Fruit Production Science 15 credits
R 171.722; 171.724; 284.701; 284.702

284.741 Post-harvest Physiology 30 credits
R 171.749

285.742 Topics in Advanced Plant Protection 30 credits
P 199.310 or 283.311 or 285.301

286.701 Advanced Equine Production 15 credits
R 117.777

286.711 Equine Science 15 credits
R 117.763

Part Two course no subject specialisation (60 credits from)

119.820 Applied Agriculture Research Report 60 credits
P 119.720

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