Diploma in Agriculture

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification

    Certificate and Diplomas

  • Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Grow your agricultural knowledge and farm management capabilities, so you can play a role helping New Zealand’s vital primary industry sector expand and succeed.

Lincoln University has been behind New Zealand’s agricultural and land-based industries for more than 150 years.

Our primary industry sector is now more important than ever, and is going through a period of rapid innovation and transformation.

Lincoln’s Diploma in Agriculture helps you expand your knowledge with a programme of eight integrated courses. These cover farm management and associated husbandries along with complementary skills including business and financial planning.

Practical work

This one-year full-time study programme focuses on New Zealand agriculture, its management systems and resources.

It's advisable that when entering the diploma you have experience working in at least one agricultural or horticultural system. Having experience in the industry will help with the understanding of their course work.  

You will be required to undertake 12 weeks practical work in addition to the taught programme on campus.

  • Minimum of 12 weeks of hands-on practical experience (preferably full-time)
  • On two different farm types
  • With the shortest period being four weeks.

To complete the practical requirements successfully, you’ll need:

  • Competence in driving vehicles (experience driving tractors or trucks is an advantage).
  • The physical ability to work on farms without endangering yourself or others.

Download the Practical Work Handbook (PDF 1500 KB) for this diploma. 

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

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