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Diploma in Horticultural Business

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
12 months
Start date: 22-February-2021
Lincoln University
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The Diploma in Horticultural Business is an online qualification

Horticulture is a successful and profitable sector in New Zealand’s primary industry. Success in this sector requires practical knowledge of production as well as business skills. Lincoln University’s online Diploma in Horticultural Business is designed for individuals in the horticultural industry who wish to continue in their employment whilst studying.

The programme can be completed in 12 months and will provide business leaders for the horticultural industry and/or food-related organisations including processors and wholesalers, by training and upskilling those already working in the industry to become strategic managers, consultants, and sustainable growers. Graduates will be able to comply with the changing expectations and characterisation of key future jobs in the horticultural industry.

Programme Delivery

The Diploma in Horticultural Business is offered through flexible online delivery, comprising of eight courses, three face-to-face events, a workshop and a field trip component. The diploma is structured across four terms, each of which will last nine weeks. There will then be a two-week break between terms before the programme resumes. Two courses will be delivered per term. At the end of the programme, when students have successfully completed the individual modules, they will be able prepare and present a personal business plan which is targeted to their specific business situation.

Summary of Regulations
All of the following:
• Pass eight compulsory courses (120 credits)

Entry criteria

One of the following:

  • University Entrance through NCEA, or an approved equivalent qualification
  • Special admission (mature student admission for domestic students in current, relevant employment)

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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