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Agribusiness

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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If you're interested in working alongside farmers and businesses focused on agriculture, then Agribusiness at Waikato will help you build the foundations for a dynamic global career.

Gain an all-round understanding of the agricultural sector, including farm management, soil and nutrient management, rural financial management and banking, and value chain management.

You'll learn about international marketing and sales, technological innovations in agribusiness, the impact of free-trade agreements, and how sustainable farming practices can be used to reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage.

During your studies, you'll also develop broad knowledge and skills in general management, which can be applied to various other sectors.

As an Agribusiness student, you'll enjoy field trips to see the operations of successful companies in action, such as Fonterra, Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company and DairyNZ. Learn more about Agribusiness by visiting the Waikato Management School website.

Many of our agribusiness students receive job offers before they have even finished their studies.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Business and Management Studies, as well as Economics, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2019.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

Qualifications

Agribusiness can normally be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) for any undergraduate degree offered at the University of Waikato. Take a look at our Bachelor of Business, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.

Otherwise, you can take just one or two Agribusiness papers as electives. You can also take Agribusiness for a Graduate Certificate (4 papers).

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise through postgraduate research, look at our Master of Management Studies in Agribusiness.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

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

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS101Agri-Food Business15.021A (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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS201Agriculture, Food and the Environment15.021A (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 Consumer15.021B (Hamilton)
Students will learn about food systems from the perspective of the consumer including: Demand analysis/product differentiation, preferences for non-taste attributes (e.g. organic/free-range) and analytical tools used to assess food preferences.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS304Agri-food Policy15.021B (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 drawing on concepts learnt in AGBUS202 and AGBUS201.
AGBUS306Agri-food Business Analytics15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on agri-food industry analytics. It incorporates biophysical and economic financial tools associated with budgeting, cash flow and analysis, investment analysis and the analysis of environmental footprints and agri-food value-chains.
AGBUS308Global Agri-food Systems15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the theory and practice of international agribusiness and trade in food products. It includes applied analysis of trade policies, agri-food value chains and food consumption and production institutions.
ECONS304International Economics Issues15.021B (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 Environment15.021A (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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AGBUS501International Agribusiness30.021A (Hamilton)
Analysis of international agribusiness examining firm and country strategies, including analysis of specific commodities.
AGBUS502Agribusiness Case Studies30.021B (Hamilton)
Analysis of agribusiness decisions pertaining to production and trade.
AGBUS590Directed Study30.021X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
AGBUS591Agribusiness Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGBUS592Agribusiness Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGBUS593Agribusiness Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
AGBUS594Agribusiness Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ECONS543Applied Econometrics15.021B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
MRKTG553International Marketing30.021B (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.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

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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.