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Food, Wine & Beer

Join the booming food, wine and beer industries and create more fulfilling lives for those in your community and beyond.


Our programmes cover food composition, safety and nutrition, along with ways of addressing food shortages - a global concern that will become an increasing issue as the world's population grows.
You'll also be able to learn the latest wine-making and beer-brewing techniques used in the industry, including quality assessment of wine and beer by chemical and sensory means.
Frequent guest speakers from the sector ensure that you receive hands-on engagement with potential employers from the very beginning of your studies.


Bachelor of Commerce in Food Science and Marketing (Hons)
Promotions Coordinator, National Heart Foundation
Chloe Balderstone received a Bachelor of Commerce in Food Science and Marketing (Hons) in 2012.
“I chose to come to Lincoln because it’s a small university, which means it has a great lecturer-student-ratio, and it’s got excellent courses that actually lead into a job,” she says. Chloe found the course content challenging, interesting and relevant to the real world.
“There’s a great range of courses with good practical content you can use in the workforce. I loved the Commerce department. The lecturers are awesome people and really care about your future. The sports scholarship was also an amazing programme, which taught me to push myself and always strive to be the best I can be.”
In her current role with the National Heart Foundation, she delivers nutrition education programmes to schools and early childhood centres. “My work is about primary prevention - stopping the younger generation from developing heart disease,” she says.
“It’s an extremely rewarding job. I feel like I’m making a difference in the world and to me, that’s really important.”
Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology
Owner, Black Peak Wines
James McElrea graduated from Lincoln University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology and now works at Black Peak Wines in Wanaka.
Originally from Auckland, he chose to attend Lincoln because he wanted to pursue a career in the wine industry. He says the viticulture and oenology programme was the ideal foundation for helping him to achieve this goal.
As well as owning a winery, he works as a winemaker for Maude Wines, also in Wanaka.
During his studies, he most enjoyed working and problem-solving with fellow students, and he describes the lecturers as industry leaders in their fields.
“I still keep in touch with people I met at Lincoln, both staff and students, especially those who are working in the wine industry,” he says. He appreciated the clean, modern facilities and laboratories at the University, as well as the sports opportunities on offer at the Recreation Centre.
He describes Lincoln as progressive, modern and intimate, and says there is a broad range of courses available to suit all interests and requirements. James stayed in Hudson Hall during his first year of study, which he says was an invaluable experience that allowed him to get to know many of his fellow students and adjust to university life.

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