New Zealand universities offer a wide range of degrees – Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral. Besides these, a host of undergraduate and postgraduate diploma’s are also offered along with an Honour’s programme, which usually means a student can specialize in a subject by studying an additional year with advanced level of courses in that subject. You will find that the study pattern is incremental in nature, with each year of study undertaken often being awarded with a certificate or diploma thus getting the student one step closer to their goal of degree. However, one must be careful in choosing these certificates and diplomas- the incremental accumulation of credits should depend on the units or courses studied that will eventually make up the degree level.

 Bachelor’s Degree

A Bachelor’s degree usually requires a student to study 3 years – with an additional year for the Honour’s programme. To complete a degree, it is necessary to complete a prescribed number of units or courses at the three levels or years- the first year being the stage 1 or 100 level, the second year being stage 2 or 200 level and the third year being stage 3 or 300 level. Besides class room study, field trips, personal reading and research projects may be part of the degree programme. This helps students develops independent skills that are valued in prospective employees. Students can further specialize by doing the additional year of Honour program, which is considered the first year or ‘graduate’ or even ‘post graduate’ level of study in that subject.

 Graduate Diploma

This is a one year full time study programme for students who have not got the grades required to study a postgraduate programme or want to pursue a subject different to that studied at the Bachelor’s level. This year of study helps students ‘bridge’ the gap before taking up post graduate studies.

 Postgraduate Diploma

This is a one-year full time class work study course and can be undertaken if the student qualifies for post graduate studies directly or after the ‘bridging’ Graduate Diploma. It is the preliminary year of the Master’s degree and builds on the subject matter of the courses taken at the bachelor’s degree level..

 Master’s Degree

This is usually a two year study programme, which can be completed in one year if the student already has completed the Bachelor Honour year or Postgraduate Diploma with required grades. The Master’s degree requires an extensive input of thesis work, and therefore sometimes may be quite competitive for students not having enough background work in research.


The main Doctorate Offered by New Zealand universities is the PhD or Doctor of Philosophy. This wholly research-based programme can take a minimum of 3 and often has to be completed within a finite number of years. Being thesis based, the students are expected to work extensively on his own but under supervision of the appointed guide. Admission requires very good academic record at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level, besides a propensity towards research work.
When a student plans to study in NZ, it is important for him/her to do some background study. In the education system here, it is important to choose the right institute as per the course one wishes to study. Attention must be given to the institution’s reputation in that particular field or subject as well as the faculty qualification, internships if available and employment history.

 Entry Requirements

Entry into Undergraduate courses require very good grades at the 12th standard level and an IELTS of  a minimum overall 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. Entry into professional courses, where available to International students, would be even more competitive, asking for even better grades and higher English proficiency. Admission requirements at the post graduate level are possible if:
  • A student is able to demonstrate a high understanding of the subject at the degree level through very good grades
  • Have an IELTS score of a minimum of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0. Some professional or specialized courses may even ask for 7.0.
An MBA applicant would in addition to the above requirements also require having a minimum of two to three years of work experience, part of it being in a leadership position of executive or supervisory cadre.

 Tuition Fees

International tuition fees vary from institute to institute. However an average listing is given below Undergraduate: may vary from NZD 18,000 to 24,500 per year of study. Postgraduate: approximate range NZD 18,000 to 27,000 per year MBA: approx NZD 35,000 to 41,000 per year

 Academic Year :

Loans upto Rs. 4 Lakhs no collateral security is required. Loans above Rs. 4 Lakhs – collateral security is required.

 Type of Institution

New Zealand’s education system calls for an elaborate system of Intuitions offering courses at various levels. Institutions may of the University, Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and Private Institutions- each has its own value, set of course levels and standard of education. Hence, it is important for the student to make a thorough study of which institute to apply to for his or her programme of study.
While selecting the right course and University keep in mind the following points:
  • Your academic grades (including achievements)
  • Test scores (IELTS, etc)
  • Your financial capacity
  • Major (Specialization) subjects that you are interested in
  • Term of entry (Feb / June)
  • The reputation of the Institution
  • The student to faculty ratio of the Institution
  • The location of the Institution (big city / small town / rural setup)
  • The climatic conditions (not to be stressed, unless you have health constraints)

 Agriculture and Farming

  • Agriculture (General)
  • Farming (General)
  • Beef Farming
  • Beekeeping
  • Crop Farming
  • Dairy Farming
  • Sheep Farming
  • Wool Handling and Shearing

 Agricultural Science

  • Agricultural Science (General)
  • Pastoral Science

 Farming Management and Economics

  • Farm Business Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Systems and Management

 Agricultural Engineering

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Stock and Station Industry

 Equine Industry

  • Equine