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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

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Business and Management Studies by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

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.

In particular, you might like to take a look at the 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, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Agribusiness.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

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

Prescriptions for the GradDip(AgBus)

A Graduate Diploma is available to graduates who have not included Agribusiness at an advanced level in their first degree. The requirements for the Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons), PGCert(AgBus), PGDip(AgBus) and MMS.

Agribusiness may be taken as a major for students enrolled in the BMS(Hons) prior to 2018, and as a subject for the MMS. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Agribusiness are also available. The requirements for the major and subject are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
AGBUS101Agri-Food Business18A (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.
AGRI101Agribusiness - Making Dirt PayThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
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.
FINAN101Introduction to Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the three core areas of finance -- financial management, investments, and capital markets and institutions. The paper also examines applications of corporate finance concepts to personal finance.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT209Accounting and Managerial Decision MakingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS201Agriculture, Food and the Environment18A (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 Consumer18B (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.
AGRI201New Zealand AgribusinessThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI202Sustainable AgricultureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ECONS205Data Analytics with Business Applications18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper introduces various data analytical methods and illustrates their business and economics applications, showing how to use data to communicate more convincingly and to produce better-informed business decisions.
MKTG209Principles of MarketingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
AGBUS304Agri-food PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS306Agri-food Business AnalyticsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS308Global Agri-food SystemsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI304Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness18B (Hamilton)
An exploration of the governance and performance of agribusiness domestically and internationally.
AGRI306Financial Analysis for Agribusiness18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
An exploration of agribusiness financial management addressing issues associated with production, investment and valuation.
AGRI390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
This paper involves supervised study of a topic in Agribusiness. Typically the directed study involves critical review of the literature on the chosen topic, and writing a substantive paper, analysing the literature. Components of the paper should be in a style suitable for publication.
ECON306International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
ECON308Managerial Economics and StrategyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
INMG311The International Business EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
INMG317Doing Business InternationallyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MKTG353International MarketingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MSYS377Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts important in the management of purchasing, operations, distribution and logistics. It addresses supply chain integration issues related to the production and delivery of products and services to the customer.

400 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
AGRI404Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness18B (Hamilton)
An exploration of the governance and performance of agribusiness domestically and internationally.
AGRI406Financial Analysis for Agribusiness18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
An exploration of agribusiness financial management addressing issues associated with production, investment and valuation.
AGRI490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
This paper involves supervised study of a topic in Agribusiness. Typically the directed study involves critical review of the literature on the chosen topic, and writing a substantive paper, analysing the literature and producing insights. Components of the paper should be in a style suitable for publication.
AGRI495Industry Experience 4This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.
ECON406International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
ECON408Managerial Economics and StrategyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MKTG453International MarketingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
AGBUS501International AgribusinessThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS502Agribusiness Case StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS590Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS591Agribusiness DissertationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS592Agribusiness DissertationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS593Agribusiness ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGBUS594Agribusiness ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI501International Agribusiness18A (Hamilton)
Analysis of international agribusiness examining firm and country strategies, including analysis of specific commodities.
AGRI502Agribusiness Case Studies18B (Hamilton)
Analysis of agribusiness decisions pertaining to production and trade.
AGRI503Competitive International AgribusinessThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI504Farm Processes and Management for AgribusinessThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI505Finance and Investment Analysis for AgribusinessThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI506Management, Governance and Leadership in AgribusinessThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI507Agribusiness Value Chain Innovation and StrategyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI508Food Systems Trade and PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI509Agricultural Systems: Risk and ResilienceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI510Applied Agribusiness Research ProjectThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
AGRI590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
AGRI591Agribusiness Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGRI592Agribusiness Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
AGRI593Agribusiness Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
AGRI594Agribusiness Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
AGRI599Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.
ECON506Economics for Business18T (Hamilton)
An advanced analysis of the economics of business from production through processing to markets and the consumer.
ECON507Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a thorough grounding in the applied quantitative techniques required for professional practice in business, finance and economics. The main emphasis is on recognising which techniques are appropriate for particular types of problems, using the techniques and interpreting the results.
ECON539Environmental and Resource EconomicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ECON543Applied Econometrics18A (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
ECONS506Economics for BusinessThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ECONS507Quantitative Skills for Finance and EconomicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
INMG501E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing18S (Online)
Rapid expansion of global communications has changed the environment of international commerce resulting in the re-evaluation of the way firms conduct their transactions internationally.
INMGT501E-Global Business: Strategic Management and MarketingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MKTG553International Marketing18A (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.
MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers...
MNGT597Internship and Action ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MNMGT581Research Methods in Management StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MRKTG553International MarketingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MSYS57621st Century LogisticsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

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Agribusiness as a Minor

To complete a minor in Agribusiness, you must complete 60 points including at least 30 points above 100-level from AGBUS papers.

The specific requirements for a minor in Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGBUS101 Agri-Food Business

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from this subject area.

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness

And choose 30 points from:

  • AGRI502 Agribusiness Case Studies
  • AGRI590 Directed Study
  • ECON539 Environmental and Economic Resources
  • ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies
  • MKTG553 International Marketing
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/AGBUS

Note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from this subject area.

You will also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement.

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness
  • MKTG553 International Marketing
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics

And choose 30 points from:

  • AGRI502 Agribusiness Case Studies
  • AGRI590 Directed Study
  • ECON539 Environmental and Economic Resources
  • ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • INMG501 E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/AGBUS

Note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The completion requirements for the MMS depend on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details.

However all students must:

  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement

The specific requirements for Agribusiness are that you must include:

  • AGRI501 International Agribusiness
  • AGRI502 Agribusiness Case Studies
  • MKTG553 International Marketing

Choose any remaining papers from:

  • AGRI590 Directed Study
  • ECON539 Environmental and Economic Resources
  • ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • INMG501 E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing
  • MSYS576 21st Century Logistics

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/AGBUS

Note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.


Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
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.

Agribusiness subject convenors

Professor Frank Scrimgeour
Undergraduate/Postgraduate Convenor for Agribusiness
Email: scrim@waikato.ac.nz