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The Agriculture programme at the Potchefstroom Campus was founded in 2019 to produce well-rounded graduates to serve the needs of the agricultural sector in the sub-disciplines of agronomy and soil science in South Africa. In the country and the North West province, agriculture plays an important role in adding economic value, providing jobs and enabling rural development, and ensuring food security. The program is ideal for students interested in sustainable crop production, using the latest methods and technologies available, with an emphasis on caring for the soil while ensuring optimal crop production. Students completing this program will be well prepared to enter the job market in the agricultural field as agronomists or soil scientists and could also enter the environmental science and management field as soil scientists. Additionally, this program prepares students for an academic career, starting with an MSc (Agriculture) with either soil science or agronomy as their research focus. Unique to the programme presented at the NWU is the fact that the students also get a basic agricultural economics background, which ensures that students understand the economic impact of their work and recommendations in the field.

Degree Courses

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the BSc in Agriculture, candidates must have completed an NSC or an NC(V) with an APS of 26 and English level 4, Mathematics level 4 and Physical Science level 4. Candidates in possession of matriculation results from foreign educational systems must meet the requirements for admission as determined by the Joint Matriculation Board and the SAQA evaluation recommendation, which include an APS of 26.


Postgraduate programmes

  • MSc Agriculture with Soil Science
  • MSc Agriculture with Agronomy
  • MSc Agriculture with Agricultural Economics


  • PhD in Agriculture with Agronomy
  • PhD in Agriculture with Soil Science
  • PhD in Agricultural Economics


Contact details for more information: or +27(0)18 299 2486