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Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Horticultural Science)

Key information

Level of study:
Postgraduate
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: Expected February-2022
Campus:
Massey University
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Course details

Summary

A postgraduate diploma in horticultural science is the stepping stone to a research-based qualification such as a master’s degree.

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Horticultural Science) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a master's level. The programme consists of 90 credits of taught programmes and 30 credits of research.

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability.

Take advantage of our globally renowned expertise

Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. You will learn from, and research with, highly-skilled, internationally-recognised and active researchers in horticulture. They have a huge depth of knowledge and experience. Our current specific areas of horticulture research expertise includes:

  • fruit and vegetable innovation
  • high-value plant products and services
  • applied plant and horticultural science
  • seed science and technology.

You will also be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise across the sciences. We have a wide and relevant group of expertise within the university. This includes engineering and fundamental sciences like microbiology and biochemistry, to agriculture, environmental management and food technology and innovation.

This means that no matter what your research interest, you will have access to a broad range of experts to assist you develop your own research project.

Careers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Further study

If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Science (Horticultural Science). If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the master's programme.

Planning overview

Completing an endorsement is compulsory. A Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Horticultural Science) endorsement requires 120 credits.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Entry criteria

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Horticultural Science) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree with a horticultural science major, or close equivalent, with a minimum B- average in the majoring 300-level courses, or
  • a bachelor’s degree followed by a graduate diploma specialising in horticultural science, or equivalent, with a minimum B- average in the 300-level courses, or
  • a bachelor's degree followed by a graduate certificate specialising in horticultural science comprising at least 45 credits at 300-level from the majoring courses for horticultural science, or equivalent, with a minimum grade average of B- in the 300-level courses, or
  • a postgraduate certificate comprising 60 credits of horticultural science courses.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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