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BMS(Hons) - Agribusiness as a major

Gain the strategic insights and leadership qualities to help companies achieve global success with New Zealand’s first truly international business degree.

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. Note: To be admitted into year 3 of the BMS(Hons), students must achieve a grade point average of 6 or better (B+) in their first two years of study. See 'Entry requirements' below.

Years: 4
Points: 480
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $6,913 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $31,775 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*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 — BMS(Hons) in Agribusiness

Year 1

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Elective or Minor

100 Level
Elective or Minor

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

Required papers

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Business Fundamentals papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Work-Integrated Learning papers:

*BMS(Hons) completion requirements:

  • No more than 9 100-Level papers may be included in your degree.
  • No more than 10 200-Level papers may be included in your degree.
  • You must complete at least five papers at 300 Level.

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 and the Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours). 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 or BMS(Hons), 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 15 points from ECONS304, SCMGT303, STMGT303 and STMGT305. Alternatively, WSAFE396/399 can count towards the major replacing the ninth major paper.

To complete Agribusiness as part of a double major for the BBus, BMS(Hons) 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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS101Agri-Food Business15.022A (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 Management15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Internet Waikato College), 22A (Secondary School - Unistart), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton Waikato College), 22VB (National Economics University, Vietnam) & 22X (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 Environment15.022A (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 Consumer15.022B (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS304Agri-food Policy15.022B (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 Analytics15.0No occurrences
This paper focuses on agri-food industry analytics. It incorporates biophysical and economic financial tools associated with budgeting, cash flow analysis, and investment analysis.
AGBUS308Global Agri-food Systems15.022A (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.
ECONS304International Economics Issues15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers in-depth analysis of the global economic environment, including international trade, access to markets and cross-border movement of factors of production including capital and labour.
ECONS307Economics of Land, Water and Environment15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of economic analysis in solving real world environmental problems including pollution, sustainable development, resource scarcity, and climate change.
STMGT303Applied Strategy15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
Develop strategic analysis and strategic thinking skills to be able to evaluate and improve the competitive position and performance of organisations.
WSAFE396Management Internship15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton), 22C (Tauranga) & 22X (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 Investigation15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (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 Agribusiness30.022A (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 Studies30.022B (Hamilton)
Analysis of agribusiness decisions pertaining to production and trade.
AGBUS590Directed Study30.022X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
AGBUS591Agribusiness Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGBUS592Agribusiness Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGBUS593Agribusiness Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
AGBUS594Agribusiness Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ECONS543Applied Econometrics15.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
MRKTG553International Marketing30.022B (Hamilton)
This advanced level paper aims to find solutions to potential problems that firms entering a global market may face. The paper investigates managerially relevant topics (e.g. country-of origin effects, branding and pricing strategies, etc.) using the latest theories.

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Agribusiness as a Minor subject (60 points)

Graduate qualifications (100-300 Level)

Postgraduate qualifications (500 Level)


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

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

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.