If you'd like to work alongside farmers, growers, scientists and other businesses focused on agriculture/horticulture, this subject will equip you with the skills for a dynamic global business career. In an export-based economy such as New Zealand, successful agribusiness relies on the ability to understand competitive global markets, sustainable farm systems and environmental impacts, technological innovations, free trade agreements, international marketing, and managing complex supply chains.
Agribusiness is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus) and the Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours) (BMS(Hons)). Agribusiness may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Agribusiness as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons), students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Agribusiness, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete AGBUS101, ECONS101, AGBUS201, AGBUS202, ECONS200, AGBUS304, AGBUS306, AGBUS308 and 15 points from ECONS304, SCMGT303, STMGT303 and STMGT305. Alternatively, WSAFE396 or WSAFE399 can count towards the major replacing the ninth major paper.
To complete Agribusiness as part of a double major for the BBus, BMS(Hons) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Agribusiness, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete AGBUS101, ECONS101, AGBUS201, AGBUS202, ECONS200, AGBUS304, AGBUS306 and AGBUS308.
To complete a minor in Agribusiness students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for Agribusiness, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete AGBUS101.
 There will be no new enrolments into the BMS(Hons) from 2024. Students who commenced a BMS(Hons) in 2023 or prior should contact the Waikato Management School for programme advice.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(AgBus) and GradDip(AgBus)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(AgBus), PGDip(AgBus) and MMS
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(AgBus) and GradDip(AgBus)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Agribusiness at an advanced level in their first degree. The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. There are no specified subject papers that must be completed for these programmes.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(AgBus), PGDip(AgBus) and MMS
The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the PGCert(AgBus), PGDip(AgBus) and MMS.
The specified subject papers that must be completed for these programmes are below.
PGCert(AgBus) students must complete AGBUS501 and select the remaining 30 points from the papers listed for the subject.
PGDip(AgBus) students must complete AGBUS501, and select at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject.
MMS students must complete MNMGT581 and one of AGBUS590, AGBUS591, AGBUS592, AGBUS593 or AGBUS594. Students taking the 120 point MMS must complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject, including AGBUS501. Students taking the 180 point MMS must complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject, including AGBUS501.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location AGBUS101 Agri-Food Business 15.0 23A (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. ECONS101 Economics for Business and Management 15.0 23A (Hamilton), 23A (Hamilton Waikato College), 23A (Secondary School - Unistart), 23A (Tauranga), 23B (Hamilton), 23VA (National Economics University, Vietnam) & 23X (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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location AGBUS201 Agriculture, Food and the Environment 15.0 23A (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. AGBUS202 Food and the Consumer 15.0 23B (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. ECONS200 Understanding the Global Economy 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23X (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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location AGBUS304 Agri-food Policy 15.0 23B (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. AGBUS306 Agri-food Business Analytics 15.0 23B (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. AGBUS308 Agri-food Systems 15.0 23A (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. ECONS304 International Economics Issues 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper covers in-depth analysis of the global economic environment, including international trade, access to markets and cross-border movement of factors of production including capital and labour. SCMGT303 Supply Chain Management 15.0 23A (Hamilton) Every company is part of a supply network for producing products and services that satisfy customer needs. This paper introduces critical concepts of supply chain management. STMGT303 Applied Strategy 15.0 23B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga) Develop strategic analysis and strategic thinking skills to be able to evaluate and improve the competitive position and performance of organisations. STMGT305 Doing Business Internationally 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga) Explores the international dimensions of business that enable growth and provide new markets, but increase the complexities involved (e.g. scale, different regulations, cultures).
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location AGBUS501 International Agribusiness 30.0 23A (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. AGBUS502 Agribusiness Case Studies 30.0 23B (Hamilton) Analysis of agribusiness decisions pertaining to production and trade. AGBUS590 Directed Study 30.0 23X (Hamilton) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. AGBUS591 Agribusiness Dissertation 30.0 23X (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. AGBUS592 Agribusiness Dissertation 60.0 23X (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. AGBUS593 Agribusiness Thesis 90.0 23X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. AGBUS594 Agribusiness Thesis 120.0 23X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. ECONS524 Topics in Economic Policy Analysis 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper focuses on selected topics in the economics of policy analysis. ECONS533 Topics in Trade and Development 15.0 23B (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.
2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 31 May 2023 12:20pm