Bachelor of Commerce (Horticulture)

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

  • Qualification


  • Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Prepare yourself to grow into a business leader in horticultural and food industries, where there is strong demand for knowledgeable professionals hungry to address increasing global pressure for high quality food.

There is escalating pressure to meet the growing demands for more quality food as the world population increases. But alongside knowledge of production processes and systems, business skills are equally important. Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Commerce (Horticulture) will prepare you for a management role in the horticultural industry.

How you’ll grow

  • With an in-depth understanding of the bio-physical environment and biological production systems that relate to horticultural production.
  • By building your knowledge of the characteristics of the horticultural industry, along with the theoretical concepts that underpin its operation and management.
  • Learning how to analyse the likely impacts of new technologies and innovative new practices in the sector.
  • Understanding how to apply the appropriate approaches, methods and tools needed to analyse, evaluate and solve problems related to horticultural production, agribusiness management and marketing issues.
  • Being comfortable integrating theory and practice from different disciplines to evaluate complex social, economic and technical aspects of global horticultural systems.
  • With the ability to communicate a clear, fluid understanding of real-world horticultural business issues.

Career opportunities

This programme will make a strong candidate for management and advisory positions in either the horticultural industry or food-related organisations. You’ll also have the potential to move into a governance role.

Practical work requirements

During your study, you’re expected to complete: 

  • At least 30 weeks of hands-on practical experience
  • Comprising two horticultural placements of 15 weeks each, or
  • Two horticultural placements of 10 weeks each plus an allied placement of 10 weeks
  • The minimum placement period is 10 weeks per workplace, with a maximum term of 15 weeks.
  • Two reports are required.

Download the Practical Work Handbook (PDF 1700 KB) for this degree. 

For more information on the practical aspects of study, email the Practical Work Coordinator or phone +64 3 423 0061.

The goal of the programme is to provide business and management skills that directly apply to complex, specific nature of the horticulture industry. What we’re hearing from the industry is that higher level academic training is needed for managerial staff. 

Professor Alison Bailey

Head of Department, Land Management and Systems

Programme information

Programme Structure

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses

This degree structure is indicative only.  A course advisor will help you to select your electives and plan your degree. You can check out our courses to see what electives might interest you.


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Programme contacts

Meike Rombach

Dr Meike Rombach

Senior Lecturer

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