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Bachelor of Agriculture

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 22-February-2021
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Lincoln University's Bachelor of Agriculture uses real world examples and practical experiences to produce graduates who can immediately make a difference in jobs across all areas of agricultural production and related industries. New Zealand is a world leader in agriculture, and it is not by chance that, for over 130 years, Lincoln University has been training world-leading agricultural specialists.

This degree is structured around courses in four key disciplines: plant science, animal science, soil science and farm management.

Summary of Regulations

All of the following:

  • Pass at least 360 credits (24 courses)
  • Complete all compulsory courses
  • Complete no more than 165 credits (11 courses ) at the 100 level
  • Complete at least 75 credits (5 courses) at the 300 level
  • Complete all practical work requirements

Practical work:

A Practicum is a requirement of this programme and full details are available in the handbook.

A summary of requirements is provided:

  • 28 weeks in total
  • One dairy farm (minimum 10 weeks - maximum 14 weeks)
  • One sheep/beef farm (minimum 10 weeks - maximum 14 weeks).
  • Any time remaining can be on a different type of farm or in an allied industry of your choice.

It is important that students in this programme have the following attributes to ensure successful completion of the Practicum:

  • Competence in driving vehicles (previous tractor or truck driving experience is an advantage)
  • Previous farming experience is preferred, though not essential
  • Physical ability for working on farms without endangering yourself or others.


The career opportunities for a Bachelor of Agriculture graduate are wide, from primary sector through to consultancy, depending on your choice of courses and areas of interest. Some examples of previous graduate destinations include: soil consultants, farm managers, agronomists, researchers, and environmental advisors.

Students can start in:
• Semester One (late February) or
• Semester Two (mid July)
There are also options for starting in summer semesters.

Entry criteria

One of the following:
• University Entrance through NCEA, or an approved equivalent qualification
• International qualifications

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 60 (with at least 18 in writing)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score less than 42
  • Lincoln University English Language LU EL 65%.


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