A unique degree in Australasia
Massey University’s Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours is the only degree in Australasia that combines food science, food engineering and food business. 75% of our graduates have jobs within six months of graduating.
What is it like?
Food is an important part of our everyday life. The focus on health and wellbeing through food consumption is increasing. The world’s economies are looking for new ways to add value to raw produce and to provide safe and nutritious food to feed the worlds growing population.
All this adds up to excellent career opportunities, excellent salaries and increasing demand for people with the skills you will gain by studying food technology.
A unique qualification
Massey University’s Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours has been producing graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years.
It is the only degree in Australasia that combines food science, food engineering and food business. That gives you more than a food science degree - you’ll gain technology, engineering and business skills to apply your knowledge in the commercial world.
An internationally-recognised food technology programme
Your degree will be recognised internationally.
Both majors of the BFoodTech(Hons) programme are approved by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
The Food Process Engineering major is accredited by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Washington Accord, an international agreement (equivalent to a four-year engineering degree).
The Food Product Technology major is also accredited by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Sydney Accord, an international agreement (equivalent to a three-year engineering degree).
Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
In demand by employers
Many of Massey’s food technology graduates have jobs before they finish their qualification. Because of our international recognition, you can work all around the world as well as in New Zealand.
Move straight into work
As a four-year programme, you will be able to move directly into key roles in the food industry (such as product development, process improvement or food engineering) without further training. A four-year programme is also great preparation for a research career if that interests you too.
Work on real food industry issues
Massey’s food technology programme teaches you the fundamental and applied food technology skills that you will need in your career. You learn not only in the classroom, but practical laboratory and workshop sessions that focus on real industry problems and solutions. You’ll get hands-on experience in industrial-standard food processing plants. Your lecturers are active researchers, with many having worked in the New Zealand and international food industries.
For instance, in your first year, you will work on a problem set in the future and come up with creative solutions to that problem. You are required to present your work in this course on a website that you create, which is viewed by potential clients. Some fantastic websites have been developed out of this project. This gives you valuable skills in communicating your work.
More work experience during your study
The Massey food technology degree is very applied. In the final year of your study, you will work with industry in industry-sponsored projects, working closely with that industry. You will help to solve real-world problems and help the businesses you are working with.
At Massey, you are also required to complete 900 hours of approved summer vacation employment (over three summer breaks) in the food industry. This is more than other food qualifications in New Zealand and means that you come out with a broader understanding of the food industry, some great experiences for your CV and you will be ready to start work from the day you graduate.
The study of food technology is science and engineering-based. It combines fundamental sciences, mathematics and statistics, and the more applied sciences and engineering with business and management.
More than 50% of this programme is fully-focused on food.
There are two majors in the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours degree:
Food Product Technology - you will learn how to lead and manage food product development from idea generation to product launch
Food Process Engineering - In this major you will focus on engineering principles, learning how to design processes and use technology to create effective food production systems
Although you do need to choose one of these majors at enrolment, you can change your mind as you learn more about the food industry during your study. You have until half-way through your third year to make your final specialisation choice.
Available at Auckland
Available at Manawatū
Four years full-time
Available for international students studying in NZ