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BBus - Agribusiness as a major

Unlock your potential with the new Bachelor of Business at Waikato. Real-world learning experiences, academic excellence, and flexible study options combine forces to supercharge your future career.

In a small country like New Zealand, successful agribusiness relies on understanding how to manage complex value chains within competitive global markets. Studying Agribusiness at Waikato University puts you in the heartland of New Zealand's leading agriculture-based export industries, learning from experts.


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Key information

Entry Requirements:

University Entrance, or its equivalent, or on a case-by-case basis.

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,302 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $34,695 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Dairy business manager
  • Agri-consultant
  • Agri-food business adviser
  • Agri-technician
  • Nutrient specialist
  • Agribusiness entrepreneur
  • Government  policy adviser
  • Rural banking adviser

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BBus in Agribusiness (Single or Double Major)

* If you taking the BBus with a double major, choose the higher 300 Level paper indicated in the box.

Year 1

Choose one:
ACCTN101, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MRKTG101

Choose one:
ACCTN101, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MRKTG101

100 Level
Elective

100 Level
Elective

Year 2

Choose one:
BUSAN201, BUSAN205, DIGIB201, MRKTG205

100 Level or above
Any WMS paper or 3 Experience Modules

200 Level
Elective

200 Level
Elective

200 Level
Elective

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Paper details

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100 LEVEL PAPERS
  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
200 LEVEL PAPERS
  • BUSAN201 Practical Business Analytics
  • BUSAN205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • DIGIB201 Creating Value with Social Media Analytics
  • MRKTG205 Marketing Analytics and Insights
EXPERIENCE MODULES:

Experience modules (worth 5 points each) can be completed in the teaching breaks between trimesters A, B and C. If you complete three modules, you will receive credit for one 15-point paper at 200 Level.

WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) PAPERS:

If you'd like to work alongside farmers, growers, scientists and other businesses focused on agriculture/horticulture, this subject will equip you with the skills for a dynamic global business career. In an export-based economy such as New Zealand, successful agribusiness relies on the ability to understand competitive global markets, sustainable farm systems and environmental impacts, technological innovations, free trade agreements, international marketing, and managing complex supply chains.

Agribusiness is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus) and the Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours) (BMS(Hons))[1]. Agribusiness may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Agribusiness as a single major for the BBus, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Agribusiness, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete AGBUS101, ECONS101, AGBUS201, AGBUS202, ECONS200, AGBUS304, AGBUS306, AGBUS308 and one of WSAFE396 or WSAFE399.

To complete Agribusiness as part of a double major for the BBus, or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Agribusiness, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete AGBUS101, ECONS101, AGBUS201, AGBUS202, ECONS200, AGBUS304, AGBUS306 and AGBUS308.

To complete a minor in Agribusiness students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for Agribusiness, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete AGBUS101.

NOTES:

[1] There will be no new enrolments into the BMS(Hons) from 2024. Students who commenced a BMS(Hons) in 2023 or prior should contact the Waikato Management School for programme advice.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS101Agri-Food Business15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the business of food in modern society. It covers the production, processing, trade, and consumption of food, while emphasising their economic, environmental, and social impacts.
ECONS101Economics for Business and Management15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Hamilton Waikato College), 24A (Secondary School - Unistart), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton Waikato College), 24VA (National Economics University, Vietnam) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS201Agriculture, Food and the Environment15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the environmental impacts of food systems. Sustainable production, processing, trade, and consumption patterns are explored. Their links to the social context of food are reinforced.
AGBUS202Food and the Consumer15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper develops student understanding and analytical skills pertaining to food marketing and consumer perceptions, choice motives, segmentation and attitudes towards sustainable and innovative food products.
ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy15.024A (Hamilton) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper focuses on developing understanding of contemporary global issues, including economic well-being, sustainable growth, emerging economies, world trade and globalisation.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS304Agri-food Policy15.024B (Hamilton)
Students will learn about industry and government policy-making and critical analysis of current and proposed policies in the context of Agri-Food industries.
AGBUS306Agri-food Business Analytics15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on agri-food industry analytics. It incorporates biophysical and economic financial tools associated with budgeting, cash flow analysis, and investment analysis.
AGBUS308Agri-food Systems15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the analysis of agri-food systems including the mapping and evaluation of local and international agri-food systems in order to facilitate food integrity, food security and food business success.
WSAFE396Management Internship15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24C (Hamilton), 24C (Tauranga) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSAFE399Report of an Investigation15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24C (Hamilton) & 24C (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS501International Agribusiness30.024A (Hamilton)
This paper will cover the evolution of international agribusiness and will develop skills in the analysis of international agribusiness from the perspective of farms, firms and governments.
AGBUS502Agribusiness Case Studies30.024B (Hamilton)
Analysis of agribusiness decisions pertaining to production and trade.
AGBUS590Directed Study30.024X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
AGBUS591Agribusiness Dissertation30.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGBUS592Agribusiness Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGBUS593Agribusiness Thesis90.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
AGBUS594Agribusiness Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ECONS524Topics in Economic Policy Analysis15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in the economics of policy analysis.
ECONS533Topics in Trade and Development15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in trade and development. These will include aspects of trade policy and evidence in the world economy and current issues in development microeconomics.

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Agribusiness as a Major or Minor subject (60 points)

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Contacts

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Phone: +64 7 838 4303
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

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