Master of Agriculture (Horticulture)

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Join New Zealand’s leading horticulture programme

Elevate your career in the horticulture industry with Massey University’s Master of Agriculture (Horticulture).

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What is it like?

The Master of Agriculture is a professional master's programme, specifically tailored for people working in the primary industries who may be seeking an appointment to a senior position or taking on a leadership role in an agricultural-related industry.

Variety of research topics

In the Master of Agriculture (Horticulture) you will be able to select from a wide range of subjects. Horticultural research at Massey is focused on environmental and developmental physiology of fruit, and vegetable crops, as well as post-harvest handling. Other topics include horticultural systems, landscape horticulture, Māori horticulture and agricultural engineering.

Leading lecturers and industry-relevance

As a student of the Master of Agriculture you will have access to lecturers and supervisors acknowledged as being among the best in the world. Collaboration between Massey University and adjacent Crown Research Institutes offers unrivalled advantages to postgraduate students’ access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities.

Award-winning labs

Massey’s Manawatu campus hosts the only multi-function teaching laboratories in Australasia. The labs, built in 2010, won a Best Practice Award for Innovation at the Association for Tertiary Education Management conference in Australia and was shortlisted for the international UKS-Lab awards.

The facility is unique in Australasia in that it allows each laboratory to be tailored to accommodate a variety of disciplines. Technicians can do preparation in the dedicated technical area before moving this into the lab, which means students can spend more time doing lab practical work.

Wide range of facilities

Massey University has good facilities available for use by postgraduate students studying horticulture. These include the Fruit Crops Unit, the Plant Growth Unit, the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre, the New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture, and Seed Tech Services, an ISTA accredited seed testing laboratory.

Join a world-leading agriculture university

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings. Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture.

As a student, you will benefit from our internationally recognised capability and leadership in this area.

A unique project

Course work will include 120 credits of taught material. The remaining 60 credits are composed of a unique professionally-focused research project. This project will take place in the work force, helping you produce a relevant, industry-related piece of work that will be immediately useful to you and the industry upon completion

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding, empowering you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

If you are interested in a more traditional research-based master's, our Master of Science (Horticultural Science) may be more suitable for you.

A good fit if you:

  • Are working in the horticultural industry and wish to progress your career to a senior level
  • Are passionate about horticulture
  • Have an undergraduate qualification in a related area with B grade average in your 300 level courses

Careers

Complementing your existing skills with advanced knowledge, analytical, project management and communication skills will be valued by a wide range of horticultural organisations particularly in supervisory and management roles.

The primary industries are a growing sector and there are great employment and business opportunities for suitably qualified graduates.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Occupational Outlook indicates that employment prospects are good in all primary industry sectors. The New Zealand Immigration service has also included a wide range of primary industry jobs in the skills shortage list, particularly in supervisory and management roles.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young master's graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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