Department of Agricultural Sciences

Lead the way in pasture, crop and animal production sciences.

Farming is the backbone of Aotearoa New Zealand, and this department is committed to ensuring a bright future for the industry. Teaching and research uses a hands-on, applied focus to explore the science that underpins New Zealand’s land-based industries, whether in crop, pasture or livestock production, environmental sustainability, or innovation in agriculture. 

Key themes for the department

  • Dryland pasture species 
  • Animal nutrition 
  • Pasture agronomy  
  • Crop agronomy and modelling 
  • Nitrogen leaching and nitrogen cycling 
  • Environmental and social sustainability in farming systems 
  • Animal production science 
  • Animal genetics and breeding 
  • Neurophysiology 
  • Parasitology.

Study programmes

We attract nationally and internationally renowned researchers who teach courses that contribute to a range of academic programmes, including the Bachelor of Agricultural Science, the  Bachelor of Agriculture, the  Bachelor of Science, the  Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) and the Diplomas in  Agriculture and Farm Management. The department also supervises a number of postgraduate programmes, including Master's degrees and PhDs. 

We have a fantastic reputation in the agricultural sector and graduates from all levels are highly sought after by employers.  

Research centres


Dr Sandy Slow - Head of Department

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences

[email protected]

+64 34230655