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Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Equine)

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Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years (February intake);...
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Start date: Expected July-2020
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You’ll gain the knowledge base and the analytical and management skills for you to have a career helping improve the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems.

What is it Like?

Through the equine major, you will gain the knowledge base and skills to meet current and emerging opportunities in the equine industries. It is structured to support strong links with equine industries in New Zealand.

Business skills combined with equine knowledge

Your learning will cover the scientific principles of equine husbandry, agriculture, and agronomy with business skills. You will learn about equine health, nutrition, reproduction, structure, and function. You'll also obtain knowledge of production and management issues, including equine welfare and regulatory issues.

Skills employers seek

You’ll develop problem-solving skills and learn how to analyse a range of theoretical and practical problems relevant to the equine industry. You will develop skills in written and oral presentation, information technology, innovation, and working with professional colleagues, clients, and employers. You can continue to gain postgraduate qualifications if you wish to specialise further.

Wide career opportunities

The agricultural science degree prepares you to apply and integrate scientific, technological and business knowledge to meet current and emerging opportunities in the primary industries. It will prepare you to take future leadership roles in this sector that continues to underpin New Zealand's economy.


The equine industry is large, diverse, and economically important both in New Zealand and worldwide. The equine major will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of equine enterprises anywhere in the world. You will acquire a broad understanding of health and production issues, and you'll be able to offer the equine industry up-to-date, scientifically-based knowledge.

Potential employers include equine regulatory, breeding, racing, breed, and sport organisations, and other equine enterprises in New Zealand and around the world.


At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Science the following is required.

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • A maximum of 165 credits at 100 level
  • A minimum of 75 credits must be from 300-level courses
  • 26 weeks of relevant practical work and two associated reports

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

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)


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