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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

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Waikato is also one of New Zealand's leading business schools, consistently ranked 1st or 2nd for Business & Economics in the globally recognised Times Higher Education Rankings since 2022.


Agribusiness can normally be taken as either a Major subject (8-9 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for any undergraduate degree offered at the University of Waikato,including our Bachelor of Business.

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 Business15.024A (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)

Graduate qualifications (100-300 Level)

Postgraduate qualifications (500 Level)


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