Lincoln University

New Zealand specialist land based university based in the city of Christchurch.

A uniquely specialised land-based University

Lincoln University, as a specialist land-based university, has a strong focus on sustainability, especially for the environment and enabling healthy ecosystems; and a focus on strengthening connections with industry to support innovation and enhance our contribution to the land-based sectors. 

Qualifications we offer range from certificate level through to PhD, and our teaching and research covers all activity associated with the land-based sectors to meet the needs of not only New Zealand, but also the world.

Our low student to lecturer ratio means more personalised attention for our students, and to support practical applied learning a large number of our courses have field trip components, visiting anything from a business, vineyard, or forest.

We help students to graduate with degrees that provide many varied employment opportunities. Our applied programmes prepare students for successful careers and our alumni have a 6% higher employment rate than graduates from other New Zealand universities three years post-study.

We are ranked in the top 400 universities in the world, the top 100 in agriculture and forestry and the top 18 of small universities (QS World University Rankings). Many of our degrees include field trips and practical work, which prepare you for a successful career.

Programmes and Courses

Levels of programmes

  • Pre-Degree Certificates and Diplomas (with fast-track options to bachelkor dgerees) 
  • Bachelor Degree (3 years) 
  • Graduate Diplomas (1 year)
  • Postgraduate Diplomas (1 year)
  • Taught Masters (1 to 1.5 years)
  • Research Masters (2 years)
  • Doctorate (PhD) (3 years)

Popular Degrees

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Commerce
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Agribusiness and Food Marketing
  • Land and Property Management
  • Science
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Viticulture and Oenology

Study abroad semesters
If you don't want to take a full degree you can join our Study Abroad program. You can attend Lincoln University for a semester or a year and transfer the credit back to your degree at home. You can choose from any of the courses listed in the schedule of course prescriptions, as long as you have the appropriate academic background for the course you want to study. 

Studying overseas is a uniquely rewarding experience. You will develop a new perspective on life, grow your knowledge of your chosen subjects, and have the chance to explore a different part of the world.


New Zealand: a place like no other

Forty-two degrees south of the equator, you’ll find a country blessed with glorious landscapes and a population of 5 million of the world’s friendliest people. And just like the many visitors who come every year, you are sure to find New Zealand an easy place to enjoy, be safe and feel at home.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata! He tāngata! He tāngata!

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!

Welcome to Christchurch and Canterbury 

Our campus sits in the Lincoln township, a friendly and thriving village in the heart of New Zealand’s stunning Canterbury region and only 20 minutes drive from Christchurch city. So much of what New Zealand is famous for can be found here, from ski slopes and glaciers to stunning coastlines, vineyards and pristine lakes. It’s a place of remarkable contrasts and a magnet for anyone who loves incredible scenery and outdoor adventure. The Canterbury region offers a number of attractions. Within a two-hour drive you could be skiing, surfing, sipping wine amongst the grapes or enjoying an almost endless variety of outdoor adventures. It’s a fantastic part of the world for any student to be.

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Subjects you can take at Lincoln University


Student population: 3,500

International students: 40%

World agriculture subject rank: 51-100

Campus size: campus 57 hectares, university farms 4000 hectares

On campus accommodation: 600 beds

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