Property underpins virtually every part of our daily lives and provides an important foundation for production.
You will have the opportunity to study urban or rural property or combine your studies with an additional area of focus, such as accounting, environmental management or marketing.
Demand for urban and rural property graduates is high, so you will have a wide variety of career options available to you after completing your studies.
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) in Rural Valuation and Agricultural Management
Rural Property Valuer, Landmass
Former BCom student Martyn Oostveen says Lincoln University is the future for specialist, land-based property degrees.
“Ever since I started working in the industry, I have noticed that employers are shouting out for motivated graduates,” he says.
Martyn completed his studies at Lincoln University in 2015, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) in Rural Valuation and Agricultural Management.
He is now based in Tauranga, where he works as a rural property valuer for Landmass.
The prospect of attending Lincoln appealed to him because he knew he wanted an agricultural degree with a strong focus in property.
“Then I decided that valuation was what I wanted to do,” he says. “The best part of my study was inspecting properties for valuation reports. There were vacant blocks, improved residential properties and full-blown, intensive, irrigated dairy farms.”
Martyn stresses that it is important to ask questions during lectures, rather than simply sitting and listening.
“Even if you look dumb, get straight to the point,” he says.
The courses offered him the technical skills he needed, as well as the terminology, and he describes the lecturers as “excellent and experienced”.
Martyn says he still keeps in touch with some of his former lecturers and a large number of friends from Lincoln.
“I met many like-minded people there.”
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture), majoring in Rural Valuation
Rural Valuer, TelferYoung
Anna Paget, who graduated in 2014, decided to attend Lincoln because of its “great reputation in the agricultural sector”.
“I grew up in Waipukurau but I really wanted to move to the South Island so that was another reason why Lincoln was the perfect choice of university for me.”
She received a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture), majoring in Rural Valuation, and now lives in Napier where she works as a Rural Valuer at Hawke’s Bay’s TelferYoung.
Anna says the field trips stand out as the most valuable aspects of her study at Lincoln.
“Looking back, I realise how important these were to our learning,” she says. “They really gave us the ability to apply what we had learnt to the real world and being able to have real world experiences is absolutely worth the long bus trips.”
Anna describes the Lincoln lecturers as approachable and always willing to help. She says that although the University is small, it has a supportive feel, “where everyone is there to help you understand your course material”.
Her best memory of her time at Lincoln is attending the Grad Ball which she says was “a superb way to celebrate the end of a chapter with mates”.
“Getting on stage with Savage at Garden Party was also epic. The atmosphere at Garden Party is amazing.”
Anna still keeps in touch with many of the friends she met at Lincoln and says she particularly loves catching up on how their careers are progressing.
When asked if she has any advice for prospective Lincoln students, she stresses the importance of getting involved in campus life.
“Don’t be shy. Of course we are all there to get an education but take the time to make some great memories too,” she says.