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Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
4 years
Start date: 22-February-2021
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Agricultural production is critical to feeding the world’s population. Lincoln University's Bachelor of Agricultural Science (B.Agr.Sc.) addresses the demands for farmers and primary producers to meet the requirements of international markets, including the European Union’s expectation for food to be traceable from paddock to plate.

Lincoln has played a fundamental role in training managers, researchers, consultants and employees in the agricultural sector for 140 years. Our graduates have a reputation for hitting the ground running because our qualifications are applied and relevant.

Real-world examples are integrated into the teaching programmes through case studies, field trips and tours. You must also do a period of industry-based work experience as a requirement of the agriculture programmes.

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science can be awarded with Honours. This pathway is open to students who have completed their sixth semester (normally third year) of study and passed all courses at a sufficiently high standard (B average in last two years of study).

Summary of Regulations

All of the following:

  • Pass at least 480 credits (32 courses)
  • Pass all compulsory courses
  • Complete no more than 165 credits (11 courses) at 100 level
  • Complete at least 150 credits (10 courses) at 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.

Career outcomes:

The BAgSci is a flagship degree recognised by industry, which traditionally offers a pathway into consultancy, research, technical roles and farm management. Demand for graduates has been very strong in recent years and graduates can pick from a wide range of options across traditional science/technical opportunities and agribusiness.

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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