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Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 22-February-2021
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Lincoln University's specialist Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology degree prepares graduates for a great career in the wine sector.

Lincoln University delivered the first cool climate wine production programme in the English-speaking world, and we’ve been leading the way ever since.

The core of the degree covers basic science preparation through to advanced viticulture and wine science, pest and disease management, biometrics and wine chemistry. You can then tailor the rest of your degree using electives to fit your areas of interest and individual career aspirations.

Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology will also take you places. Our graduates are all over the world; from the Gibbston Valley to the Hunter Valley, from Blenheim to Bordeaux.

Summary of Regulations

All of the following:

  • Pass at least 360 credits (24 courses)
  • Pass all compulsory courses
  • No more than 165 credits (11 courses) at the 100 level
  • At least 75 credits (5 courses) at the 300 level
  • Complete all practical work components
  • Attendance at multi-day field tour, taken in the final year of study.

Practical work:

A summary of requirements is provided:

  • 18 weeks in total
  • 6 consecutive weeks in a commercial vineyard
  • 6 consecutive weeks in a commercial winery
  • 6 consecutive weeks in an allied industry, e.g. wine bar or shop, winery laboratory, commercial vineyard or brewery.

Career outcomes:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology programme move into a range of careers dependent on the courses they chose in their programme of study. From primary industry through to commerce and consultancies, examples are: viticulturist, vineyard foreman, vineyard manager, cellar manager, winery lab manager, winemaker, marketing manager, sales representative, and wine writer.

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 qualifications
• 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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