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Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Without Specialisation)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 24-February-2020
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The Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree gives you the contemporary agriculture-related skills you will need to become a leader in this rapidly growing international industry.

What is it Like?

Agriculture dominates New Zealand’s economy - generating billions in export earnings every year. The future of this industry is bright with international demand and available jobs predicted to grow rapidly. The Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Without Specialisation) will give you the relevant, up-to-date skills to help you take your place in this exciting industry.

A future-focused degree

You will dig into every aspect of agriculture including pastures, crops, animal and soil sciences as well as economics, agribusiness and the influence of Government policies, regulations and Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. You will learn about future and present issues in the industry and gain skills in the use of technology in agriculture. Disciplines like engineering, physics, chemistry and biology are also an important part of gaining a broad understanding of the primary industries.

Experience before you graduate

Industry experience is integrated into this degree, with practical work courses allowing you to experience and analyse real-world scenarios while you are studying.

In-demand by employers

Massey aligns its world-ranked agriculture programmes to agribusiness industries throughout the world.

All this will give you an advantage with prospective employers upon graduation, with industry contacts, a better understanding of the primary industries and the management skills to lead it. Most Agriculture students secure employment before they graduate.


The industry is made up of a huge range of organisations, including farming, processing and marketing produce, logistics of product supply, as well as the associated service industries such as banking, company representatives and consultants. That means there is a huge range of careers on offer for those with the right skills.

Industries where agriscience skills are utilised include:

  • Fertiliser
  • Banking
  • Biosecurity
  • Breeding
  • Consultancy
  • Farming in all sectors
  • Farm tourism
  • Horticulture
  • Management
  • Policy
  • Equestrian sports including racing
  • Research and development
  • Sales and marketing
  • Teaching


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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