“The Diploma programme at Telford has a very supportive learning atmosphere, with relevant assignment topics and we’ve gained an in-depth knowledge of farm management procedures and understanding of business skills.”

Peter Lobb, Telford Diploma in Rural Business Agriculture 

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Lincoln Diploma in Agriculture


The Lincoln Diploma in Agriculture can either be undertaken at the Telford Campus or at Lincoln University.






Course Structure

The Dip Ag involves one year of academic study and 12 weeks of industry work experience or practical work. 

What you'll study

The Dip Ag involves eight courses covering computing and communication, farm management systems, plant husbandry, soils and soil management, livestock production systems, plant and animal health and engineering.

Career Opportunities

New Zealand leads the world in pastoral agriculture and is one of the world's leading exporters of dairy products, sheep and wool products, venison and velvet. This economically vital sector welcomes people with skills, commitment and energy. If you’re looking at agriculture as a new career or you want a qualification to endorse practical experience you’ve already gathered, this Lincoln University diploma will serve you well. Career opportunities in New Zealand’s largest industry – agriculture – are numerous. Demand for skilled and experienced staff remains high. Lincoln University diploma holders work in roles across the sector.


Lincoln University Diploma in Agriculture


On the Telford campus.


One academic year (30 weeks)
2017 Start Date: 27 February    End Date: 2 November

Entry Requirements

The following are different ways you may qualify for entry in a Diploma in Agriculture:

  • If you have a New Zealand University Entrance Qualification
  • If you have achieved 40 credits at NCEA Level 2 over four of the subjects recognised by Lincoln University for entry to this Diploma.  You must also meet the literacy and numeracy requirements for University Entrance.
  • If you are over 20 years of age and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, applying for Special Admission (20+)
  • Successful completion of approved qualifications at NZQA Level 4 and above may also qualify you for admission. These include national or local certificates in agriculture or horticulture from polytechnics, industry training organisations and other tertiary institutions.
  • Equivalent qualifications from overseas, assessed by Lincoln's International Admission office.

 International students interested in this programme should apply through www.lincoln.ac.nz  and will be considered for admission on the campus in Lincoln, Canterbury.

How to apply

We recommend you apply early as there are limited places on this course. Financial assistance and scholarships are available. For more information phone us on 0800 835 367 or check out a copy of our brochure.  



Five and seven day boarding is available in our on-campus hall of residence.
Students are encouraged to apply early.

Course Fees

Domestic students 

Visit us at an expo, or come for a campus tour or enrol in Telford’s Taster Week

For more information please fill out our Enquiry Form or call us on 0800 835 367 (0800 TELFORD)