What will I learn?

The Diploma in Agriculture continues this tradition, giving students the opportunity to enhance their agricultural and farm management knowledge through a programme of eight integrated courses. These cover farm management, associated husbandries and other required skills, including the physical and financial aspects of business planning. The focus is on 'applied management' with a combined aim of producing graduates ready to operate in the professional agricultural environment.

This programme is about New Zealand agriculture, its resources and management systems, so it is essential that students entering the DipAg are familiar with, or have had, experience working in at least one of these systems.

Practical Work

A period of Practical Work is a requirement of this qualification and full details are available in the Dip.Ag. Practical Work Handbook.

The minimum requirement is for a total of 12 weeks Practical Work (preferably full-time) on two different farm types, with the shortest period accepted being 4 weeks. At least 6 of these 12 weeks should be completed before the commencement of studies.

It is important that students in this programme have the following attributes to ensure successful completion of the Practical Work:

• Competence in driving vehicles (previous tractor or truck driving experience is an advantage)

• Physical ability for working on farms without endangering yourself or others.

Summary of Regulations

All of the following:

• Pass eight compulsory courses (120 credits)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,800.00 (US$ 13,805) per year
Tuition fee per 120 credits
Start date

17 February 2020

Venue

Lincoln University

Ellesmere Junction Road / Springs Road,

LINCOLN,

Canterbury,

7647, New Zealand

Online/Distance (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,800.00 (US$ 13,805) per year
Tuition fee per 120 credits
Start date

15 July 2019, 17 February 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

One of the following: A qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 2; A National Certificate in Horticulture at Level 4 or higher obtained through an approved polytechnic institution. All students must participate in Skills for Success, a programme of academic support which includes literacy, numeracy and study skills, concurrent with the schedule of courses. English Language Requirements: 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; NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) Level 4 (Academic Endorsement); Lincoln University English Language LU EL 65%.

For international students

One of the following:

  • A qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 2
  • A National Certificate in Agriculture at Level 4 or higher obtained through an approved polytechnic institution (or equivalent).

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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About this uni

Lincoln University has a 5-star rating for employability, and graduates have a 15% higher employment rate than those from other NZ universities.

  • 5-star rating for internationalisation and inclusiveness
  • A world-class learning experience
  • Practical work experience for most programmes
  • Excellent support services that aid a smooth transition