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Diploma in Agribusiness Management

Level 5

Help shape and develop New Zealand’s dynamic agriculture sector with the Diploma in Agribusiness Management.

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time or part-time study options

5 Mar 2018 - 15 Mar 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$3,976.50Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Undertake agricultural training with UCOL to gain essential agribusiness skills and enhance your career in agriculture and farming in New Zealand.

UCOL's Diploma in Agribusiness Management is designed for those in a management position in agribusiness or those who have some industry or other relevant experience and are ready to advance to a management position within an agribusiness. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in management and supervisory positions in a range of agribusinesses, equipped with key competencies employers are seeking:

  • Critically analyse performance and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Manage financial requirements 
  • Manage staffing requirements 
  • Sustainably manage resources.

 Course Information

UCOL's Diploma in Agribusiness Management will cover the following:

Agribusiness Planning (30 credits)
Develop and monitor an agribusiness plan including a strategic plan, business objectives, ownership structures, succession planning and investment options.

Financial Management (30 credits)
Learn to determine, evaluate and manage the financial requirements of an agribusiness.

Resource Management (30 credits)
Learn to manage natural and/or physical resources to ensure the sustainability of an agribusiness.

Human Resource Management (30 credits)
Learn to effectively manage the human resources and staffing requirements of an agribusiness.

Agribusiness Report (30 credits)
Learn to compile, integrate and report on whole business information relating to an agribusiness, including critical analysis of performance and identification of opportunities for improvement.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis


At the discretion of the Executive Dean.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent, including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).  UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.  

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5) comprises 150 credits. This leads to the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management, Level 5, 150 credits.

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:

  • 8 hours of lecturer supported learning online
  • A two hour on-campus tutorial
  • 23 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)

Work experience
There are no work experience hours for this programme.

Prior knowledge
It would be an advantage for you to have access to financial and production performance information about a specific agribusiness as this is required for the courses within the programme.

The following papers are part of your course. It is recommended that you study these first in order to gain a good background:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management

This qualification may build on the skills and knowledge from a range of qualifications in the agribusinss sector, including UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. 

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme 
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.