Lincoln University Horticulture

The Diploma in Horticulture is a designed to introduce students to a broad range of topics associated with horticultural technology, production and management. Students also have the opportunity to develop applied computing and problem solving skills. 

The Diploma study programme is prescribed (ie all courses are compulsory) and comprises of eight courses covering computing, propagation, horicultural management system, soils, plants studies and engineering. 

The Diploma is also offered off-campus for part-time study but only at two sites: Nelson and Tauranga. To find out more about off-campus delivery, please view the Regional Diploma information on our website.

Practical Work

A period of Practical Work is a requirement of this qualification and full details are available in the handbook.

A summary of requirements is provided:
• 12 weeks in total on at least two different types of horticultural units.

Please contact the Practical Work Co-ordinator for further information [email protected] or phone +64 3 423 0061.


Compulsory Courses

BIOS 022 Plant Health 
COMP 021 Computing and Communication 
ENGN 023 Engineering I 
HORT 022 Propagation and Nursery 
MGMT 026 Horticultural Management Systems A 
MGMT 027 Horticultural Management Systems B 
PLSC 021 Plant Studies 
SOSC 021 Soils and Soil Management 


This is normally a one year diploma (full-time study).

Entry Requirements
One of the following:
• NCEA Level 2, a minimum of 40 credits over four subjects recognised by Lincoln University as suitable for entry (see the ‘attachments’ box further down for more information) to this diploma. The literacy and numeracy requirements for university entrance are also required. The list of subjects is reviewed periodically and applicants who have taken subjects other than those listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 24 credits in any one subject will be counted towards the total. 
• A New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture at Level 4 or higher obtained through an approved polytechnic institution. 
• Special Admission
• Other Pathways

Summary of Regulations
All of the following:
• Pass eight compulsory courses (120 credits)• What’s it going to cost?


Students can start in:
• Semester One (late February) or 
• Semester Two (mid July).