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a) Qualifications offered at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Qualifications in Agricultural Management

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University offers various courses in Agricultural Management. Recognising that agriculture no longer focuses on traditional farming practices but primarily on the social, economic and environmental pressures that shape the industry, these courses provide opportunities for developing entrepreneurship in the primary and secondary agricultural sector. Career opportunities that open up to graduates include: farm management, agricultural consultancy and extension, food distribution, agri-tourism, game farm management, agricultural finance, nursery, landscape and golf course management, research and biotechnology. Qualifications offered include:

  • National Diploma in Agricultural Management

This Diploma is offered at level 5 on the NQF and requires an FET Certificate (Grade 12) or an equivalent level 4 qualification for admission. The programme is taken over a period of 3 years with the first two involving applied theoretical training in animal and plant biology, ecology, financial management, human resource management, marketing, law and computer applications. These two years are followed by 1-year experiential training in an agri-business context.

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  • Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural

Management

The B.Tech: Agricultural Management is a 1-year extension of the National Diploma, is presented as a full time course and leads to the attainment of a level 6 degree on the NQF. Students seeking admission require a National Diploma in Agricultural Management at level 5 or an equivalent qualification. This programme includes formal lectures, self study and conducting a research project. Compulsory courses in this programme include: Financial Management, Strategic Management and Leadership Development with an elective in Animal Production and or Plant Production.

  • Master of Technology in Agricultural

Management

The Master of Technology in Agricultural Management is offered over 1 year and leads to the attainment of a level 7 qualification. Admission requirements is a B.Tech in Agricultural Management and this programme is research based focusing on a particular area of interest in the field and with research findings reported in a thesis.

  • Doctor of Technology in Agricultural

Management

The Doctor of Technology in Agricultural Management is offered over 1 year and leads to the attainment of a level 8 qualification. Admission requirements is a M.Tech in Agricultural Management and this programme

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