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Master of Pest Management

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
1.5 years
Start date: 21-February-2022
Lincoln University
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New Zealand’s native ecosystem is facing a host of challenges from invasive pests. There’s an urgent need for experts to help strengthen our biosecurity systems and achieve the goal of predator-free by 2050, using effective but socially acceptable management strategies.

This programme gives you the opportunity to grow your impact in either plant or vertebrate pest management. You’ll gain advanced in-depth knowledge and practical training that focuses on predator eradication and biosecurity. You’ll graduate with a specialist focus, along with a network of potential employers (through the research placement course) gained during your study.

How you’ll grow

  • Seed the knowledge of how to design and implement environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable management programmes in response to specific pest problems.
  • Learn how to monitor the outcomes of pest management strategies, measuring impacts and pinpointing any developing physiological and behavioural resistance to control tools.
  • Grow your advanced understanding of existing pest control solutions along with their accepted limitations.
  • Gain in-dept understanding of adaptive management, and learn how to effectively share new research findings so they influence current practice.
  • Work alongside industry or gain a valuable placement in a relevant organisation.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of Lincoln University’s Master of Pest Management, you’ll be well positioned for a role in the primary production sector, with a government organisation involved with pest control and border safety, or as an agricultural consultant advising on pest control and plant protection.

Summary of Regulations

Students are required to complete 180 credits of taught courses from the Schedule of Courses for the Master of Pest Management over three semesters (18 months of study) and select one area of specialisation.

You can start studying in either:

  • Semester 1 (late February)
  • Exceptions for well-prepared candidates can be made for entry in Semester 2 (mid-July)

Entry criteria

A relevant degree with a B average in the 300-level and final year (full-time equivalent courses)

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 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.


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