Spotlight on: Lincoln University


Proudly touting itself as New Zealand’s smallest university, but with rankings to rival the larger ones in the country – top 1.2% globally according to QS ratings – Lincoln University specialises in Agriculture, as it has since its inception in 1880. Keeping pace with the demands of the twenty-first century, it has since increased its areas of focus to include other agriculture and land-based subjects, including Horticulture, Viticulture, Food, Wine and Beer, Landscape Architecture, Property and Valuation, Tourism, Disaster Management and so on. 

Despite its size, Lincoln University, located in Christchurch, has the highest number of academic researchers than elsewhere in New Zealand. And with just over 2000 students – out of which almost 1000 are international – Lincoln University boasts small class sizes and low teacher-student ratios, meaning that, should you choose to study here, you would get the most out of the available resources.

Key facts

1. Entry requirements

Whether the selected postgraduate course is a certificate, diploma, taught or research-based Masters Degree, the minimum requirement is a Bachelors in a related subject with a minimum grade of B.

For the above courses, English language proficiency must be proved through achievement of the minimum required scores in one of the following tests – IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, Cambridge English, NZ Certificates in English Language or Lincoln University English Language.

2. Costs and Funding

 The tuition fee for most Masters courses averages at 45000 $NZ, 14000 $NZ for most PG certificates, and 30000 $NZ for most PG diplomas.  

Scholarships: the International Taught Masters Merit Scholarship carries an award to the value of 7000-10000 $NZ towards the overall cost of study, for selected Masters students subject to their eligibility.  

If you’re aiming at a career in one of the specialised subjects offered at Lincoln University, the Hurray Overseas counselling team is happy to help! Reach out to us via email:, or phone: 8971357928, for more details.


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