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Bachelor of Applied Science (BApplSc)

South Island FarmBachelor of Applied Science (BApplSc)
3 years of full-time study
Available at Palmerston North (Turitea) P
Available Extramurally E

The whenua (land) is a major factor of Maori life and economics. Development and management of natural resources including land, forestry and the coast, along with all the associated activities are important factors to the economic development of Maori. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree, Certificate in Horticulture and Diploma in Agriculture all provide a focus on land based activities and enterprises and provide the necessary basis to manage these resources as a sustainable system for now and the future. Within the degree programme there is an opportunity for students to include up to three papers from outside the schedule. These may include Maori Value Systems in Science (119.170), ecology or environmental science papers or selected papers from Maori Studies (Te Reo Maori, Treaty of Waitangi, Nga Tikanga a Iwi or cultural studies).


Maori graduates from the Applied Science, Horticulture and Agriculture programmes have pursued careers in a wide range of related industries. These include: horticulture and farm managers, resource consents officers with runanga and regional councils; Maori heritage advisor with the Historic Places Trust, policy analysts with Te Puni Kokiri, MAF and the Ministry of Education, urban and rural land valuers, quarantine and biosecurity officers with MAF and support industry managers.

All students are required to undertake a period of practical work experience away from the University but related to the major they have chosen, as an introduction to land-based industries.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTSTutaekuri - Maori Potato

There are no special entry requirements beyond those that qualify you for study at University.


The BApplSc is a three year degree programme consisting of a total of 300 points.
Irrespective of the major selected, the BApplSc programme is based around four

Schedule A Part I consists of seven specified papers (or approved alternatives) that every student must pass. Five of these papers are at the 100-level and are taken in year one. Schedule A Part II includes the papers that you must pass to qualify for graduation in a specific major.

Schedule B includes a complete list of all the papers in the disciplines of agricultural/horticultural systems and management, agribusiness, animal science, agricultural engineering, plant science, natural resource management, and soil science.

Schedule C includes all papers offered by Massey University.

Schedule D defines the practical work requirement for the BApplSc degree.

For an indepth explanation of the Bachelor of Applied Science Programme and the papers offered, click here

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