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 - Animal Science Major, the Bachelor of Science – Plant and Horticultural Sciences major, 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

+64 34230655