Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time (on-campus), 2 years part-time (distance)


Level 7

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World-Class Wine Science and Viticulture

Located in one of the premium winemaking regions in New Zealand, EIT offers two wine-industry relevant graduate diplomas in viticulture and oenology.

Both programmes produce graduates who will meet the demand for an applied, industry-relevant, New Zealand-based graduate level qualification. The study programme builds on your prior knowledge from your degree study, emphasising the specific scientific, technical and managerial aspects of grapegrowing and winemaking.

You have options to study on-campus (full-time or part-time) or by distance (part-time only).  Students studying by distance will be required to attend compulsory residential schools in Hawke’s Bay each year.


The Graduate Diploma in Viticulture is designed for those who want to pursue a career as a viticulturist, vineyard contractor, owner/operator of a vineyard and winery, technical consultant, in grower liaison position and as a researcher. Its aim is to provide you with an excellent technical understanding of viticulture through provision of a relevant and coherent body of grapegrowing and viticulture knowledge and practice and industry-relevant skills.

The Graduate Diploma in Oenology is designed for those who want to become a future winemaker and assistant winemaker, winery technical staff, senior cellar staff, winery enterprise manager and other specialised staff, such as a technical supplier. Its aim is to provide you with an excellent technical understanding of viticulture or winemaking through provision of a relevant and coherent body of wine production and wine science knowledge, as well as industry-relevant skills.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff either in person or by phone and to view our facilities.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture or a Graduate Diploma in Oenology from EIT opens up many career pathways for a future in the grape growing (viticulture) and winemaking (wine science) industries at a technical, supervisory or management level.

You can pursue careers such as:

  • Vineyard manager, viticultural contractor, research and development, owner/operator of a winery/vineyard, wine/viticulture educator or a grower liaison position.
  • Winemaker, assistant winemaker, manager in wine, brewing or food industries, research and development or as a wine/viticulture educator.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Domestic Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

International Entry Requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus



EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.