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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.
The global push for solutions to major environmental problems, such as climate change, has resulted in an increased emphasis on the resource requirements (footprint) of consumer goods, including food and fibre products.
The Master of Agriculture (Life Cycle Management (LCM) encompasses a broad range of disciplines, including agribusiness, logistics and supply chain management, agricultural and horticultural systems and sustainable processing technologies.
Research opportunities for you include the environmental impact of primary production systems, resource use efficiency, environmental certification, trade policy and market access issues.
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. Massey University has very good industry contacts, facilitating research with a commercial context. Massey University is a major partner in the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre. This offers unrivalled advantages to your access to specialised skills, equipment and networking opportunities while studying at Massey.
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.
Massey’s Manawatū 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.
Massey University has a wide range of other facilities which are available for use by postgraduate students. Dairy, sheep and beef and deer farms are located adjacent to the Palmerston North campus. In addition, a number of research facilities are also available, including the Pasture and Crop Research Unit, the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre, the New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture and Seed Tech Services, an ISTA-accredited seed testing laboratory.
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.
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.
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 masters, our Master of Science (Agricultural Science) may be more suitable for you.
Complementing your existing skills with advanced knowledge, analytical, project management and communication skills will be valued by a wide range of primary industry 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.
A Ministry of Education report found that:
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