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Study agriculture in New Zealand

Studying agriculture in New Zealand gives you the in-demand skills to help produce food, fuel and fibre for the world’s population while preserving the environment for the future.

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Why study agriculture in New Zealand?

Study agriculture, horticulture, forestry, viticulture and related industries in a country that leads the world in agriculture and is a hub of agribusiness innovation.

Agriculture in the backbone of New Zealand's economy, and two of our universities are ranked in the top 100 for agriculture and forestry in the QS World University Rankings. Students have unbeatable opportunities to gain hands-on experience on farms and research centres as well as through case studies, field trips and tours.

Spend time outdoors, in close contact with nature, and further your studies with educational options right through to in-depth research at Masters' level.

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You can work and play in the great outdoors when you study agriculture and related subjects in New Zealand. Our vibrant, modern cities are never far from from the countryside, the bush, the mountains or the beaches, and Kiwis' relaxed pace of life gives you time to travel and explore.

One of the most peaceful and least corrupt nations on Earth, New Zealand is a multicultural society with friendly, welcoming people. You'll enjoy the outstanding-quality food, including the exceptional meat, fish, fruit and vegetables - most of it grown here.

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Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you're studying abroad.

Student visa holders may be able to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during scheduled holidays, depending on their programme of study. Masters by research or PhD students may work full-time throughout their studies.

You can study up to three consecutive programmes over five years on a single Pathway Student Visa.

Find out more about working while studying on NauMai NZ website.

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Study agriculture in New Zealand and gain globally-recognised qualifications that are relevant, highly-mobile and based on the real-world experiences you've had on our farms, stations and research centres.

You will also build capability skills such as English language proficiency, critical and creative thinking, flexibility, communications and teamwork.

You'll develop networks into the agricultural workforce, which includes farms, corporations, research institutions and government departments. Your qualifications will be in high demand internationally and in New Zealand, with many agricultural sciences jobs on our skills shortage list.

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Study pathway

New Zealand has a wide variety of courses in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, viticulture and related industries, ranging from certificates and diplomas through to degree courses with opportunities to add further qualifications and skills.



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Diploma in Horticulture
A Diploma in Horticulture gives you the technical and supervisory skills required to work in the horticulture industry.
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
A Bachelor of Agricultural Science gives you an understanding of the overlapping areas of agriculture, management and technology.
Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking
A Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking gives you the skills required to grow grapes and make wine.
Bachelor of Forestry Science
A Bachelor of Forestry Science prepares students for managing forestry resources.
Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Science - 1 Semester
A Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Science allows you to further your skills in areas ranging from environmental management to soil science.
Master of Water Resource Management
A Master of Water Resource Management prepares students to develop innovative ways to sustainably manage water resources internationally.
A PhD is the highest tertiary honour. It involves writing a thesis - a major piece of research - over three to five years.


Jobs involving agriculture and related subjects include:

  • Farm managers are responsible for the maintenance and day-to-day running of a farm.
    Farm manager
  • Viticulturalists are experts in the scientific production of grapes to make wine and other food and drink products.
  • Horticulturalists work directly with plants in areas such as landscape design and crop management.
  • An agricultural or horticultural scientist studies animals, soils, pastures or crops to improve their quality and prevent pests and disease.
    Agricultural/horticultural scientist
  • Forestry managers plan the planting, growth and harvesting of forests meant for wood production.
    Forestry manager

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