Lincoln University

Canterbury Plains, 25 minutes from Christchurch
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At Lincoln University, we conduct world-class research and deliver high-quality education to grow the knowledge of our students and help shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between land, food and ecosystems.

We produce thought leaders who will grow the future, so that people can live well for generations to come, through powerful applied research, cultivating deep industry collaborations and global connections.

We are the longest running land-based university in the Southern Hemisphere and our story begins with farming, but it doesn’t end there. As New Zealand’s economy has diversified so have we. What we are interested in growing is people.

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 five million of the world’s friendliest people.

In the heart of New Zealand’s South Island is Lincoln University’s Te Waihora campus. Around 3,000 students from more than 80 countries go busily about growing their future here. Great facilities are plentiful with advanced teaching spaces, a comprehensive library, leading-edge IT labs with 24-hour access, cafes and eateries, world-class sporting facilities, and a fully equipped fitness centre.

Our campus is in Lincoln, a thriving village on the Canterbury Plains. Lincoln is small and very friendly. It has local pubs, great cafés, shops and its own farmers and craft market. The Canterbury region offers lots of attractions, activities and natural wonders, from snowy mountains and wide-open plains to the stunning coastline. Plus it’s less than two hours’ drive to the nearest ski field.

Why Lincoln?

We offer a wide range of degrees relevant for today and ready for tomorrow. At Lincoln we enable students to reach their potential so they can help shape a world that benefits from a greater relationship with the land: from tourism to viticulture, landscape architecture to food, science to agribusiness and more. We allow students to select their learning with their own end goal in mind, recognising a desire for multi-disciplinary flexibility and programmes that reflect contemporary issues.

Small is big...

Being the smallest university in New Zealand is a good thing. It means we offer a more personable learning environment, with greater access to, and more face time, with lecturers. A village-like atmosphere leads to a sense of community and transfer of knowledge between students. When it comes to student performance, we come out on top too, with the highest ratio of master’s and PhD students in New Zealand and the best teacher to student ratio in New Zealand.

Our students have more chance of having a high-ranking researcher in front of them than at any other New Zealand university. We are New Zealand’s most successful research university in research income per full-time academic staff member.

Lincoln focuses on agriculture, food and the whole value chain (including the environment, sustainable development, production, processing, supply chain, marketing, trade, and the end user). That includes land planning and sustainable development – landscape architecture, environmental planning, land and property management, tourism and recreation management.

Our graduates are true experts in their chosen fields. They also enjoy a wealth of opportunities to develop skills on campus and in the real world, through practical work and field trips. Over half of our degrees have practical work and field trip components. Lincoln graduates arrive at their careers globally connected, forward thinking and ready to shape tomorrow.

International standing

Lincoln is the only New Zealand university ranked in the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. Lincoln also has a QS Five Stars rating and ranks in the world’s top 100 in the subject areas of agriculture and forestry.

Reinforcing our international standing, Lincoln is the only New Zealand university with two elite university alliances in natural resource management, agricultural and forestry sciences, life sciences, food science and environmental science: The EuroLeague of Life Sciences, and the Global Challenges University Alliance.


There’s nothing like living in a friendly village atmosphere to help students thrive and that’s exactly what you’ll find with our campus accommodation. Our campus is home to around 600 students during the university year and you can choose between catered halls of residence and self-catered flats or houses. You’ll make friends for life; there’s always something fun going on and you’re just a short walk away from lectures, gym, shops, cafés and bars.

Programme highlights

Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing

Lincoln’s Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing degree will equip you with a sound applied knowledge of core business concepts and the unique commercial considerations of the multi-billion dollar primary production industry. You will gain a contextual understanding of the global agribusiness and food marketing sectors to meet market demand. 


Bachelor of Environmental Management 

As a graduate of Lincoln’s Bachelor of Environmental Management you will have the skills needed to sustainably manage natural resources and address a wide range of environmental problems. An industry-proven, multi-disciplinary degree, this course equips students with the critical thinking and practical knowledge relevant to an exciting range of industries and sectors.


Master of Science in Food Innovation

Students study food composition, quality, processing, innovation, marketing and human nutrition. This broad base provides them with the necessary skills to succeed, whether as an employee of national or international companies or creating their own unique products.

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