Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking
Level 7

Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking

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  • Locations and dates


    24 January 2022
    Year 1
    18 July 2022
    Mid-year intake for Year 1


    24 January 2022
    Year 1 (Online)
    18 July 2022
    Mid-year intake for Year 1 (Online)
  • Study options

    Full time or part time

  • Length

    3 years full time or 4-6 years part time study

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Online programme.

Come study in the best region for viticulture & winemaking.

If you achieved University Entrance (UE) in 2020, the entry requirements for this programme may differ from those displayed on this page and in printed material due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. To find out about entry requirements for those who achieve UE in 2020 see the NZQA website(external link).

Best place to study

The Marlborough region has over 100 wineries, more than 550 independent growers and 77% of New Zealand's total wine production. NMIT has been delivering viticulture and winemaking programmes since 1991.

You will gain an in-depth, professional degree covering both growing grapes (viticulture) and winemaking. It includes a six-week practical vintage, vineyard experience and a final year research project.

One of the strengths of this qualification is the range of tutors and points of view you will receive. All staff are either currently, or have in the past, worked in industry. Tutors include Glenn Kirkwood, Ann Baker, Claudia Small, Dion Mundy, Nadine Worley, Ngarita Warden, Dr. Stewart Field, Dr. Tanya Rutan, Alejandra Ruiz and Catherine Harris.

Mix with industry and researchers

You will be taught by well qualified, industry-experienced staff and Plant and Food Research scientists. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the industry because the programme was developed in consultation with key industry players including Pernod Ricard, Indevin, Wither Hills, WaterForce, Wine Marlborough and Plant and Food Research. 

The right programme for you

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking is suitable for you whether you are a high school graduate, you are wishing to change careers, or you are currently working in the wine industry and want to gain a qualification while in your existing employment. 

You can study full, part-time or online.

Online delivery

If you want to study online, you must be working in industry and need to complete residential schools in Marlborough for 5 courses (4-5 days each) over the degree. 

Each module is delivered online in 6-week blocks with weekly zoom tutorials alongside instructive and interactive online content. 

Online students communicate with tutors via moodle, SKYPE and online forums.

The first two years of the programme (Levels 5 and 6) are compulsory courses. In your last year at level 7 you will have an opportunity to choose electives.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Academic requirements: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) including: 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects Literacy * :10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of: 5 credits in reading 5 credits in writing Numeracy* : 10 credits at Level 1* or above in (specified achievement standards or unit standards (26623, 26626 and 26627). *NZQA approved subjects: see OR Any qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA as being equivalent to achievement of NCEA Level 3. If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), NMIT will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency. OR Any Level 4 qualification in a related field. English Language Requirements : An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band), issued within the last two years OR A result from a test or qualification on the NZQA acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Table. OR Achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements Other Requirements: For distance study, applicants must have the following to be able to utilise the online learning environment and complete practical/vocational aspects of the Programme: Employment in a suitable wine industry workplace, OR Recent relevant experience and access to a suitable wine industry workplace, to undertake assignment and practical work required for specific courses Ability to attend compulsory residential workshops Alternative Requirements: Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience , may be approved for alternate entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

3 Years

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $7,149 $21,446
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $18,788 $56,363
TOTAL Learn more $25,936 $77,809
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Successful course completions 78%

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $46,403
Earnings range Learn more $38,325 - $51,634
In employment Learn more 65%
In further study Learn more 25%
On a benefit Learn more 5%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students








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