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.
There are a number of scholarships you can apply for to help fund your study in this programme, including the Sir James Scholarship for Food Technology, Hubbards Foods Ltd Food Technology Scholarships, Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering, Fonterra Research and Development Centre Scholarship, Beef and Lamb and Dairy NZ scholarships.
Available at Auckland
Available at Manawatū
Four years full-time
Available for international students studying in NZ
A good fit if you:
Want an exciting career in New Zealand’s main food and beverage industry
Enjoy sciences and are interested in engineering
Want to know about the technology used to make food, the engineering behind it
Are interested in progressing to management, or starting your own business
There is a wide range of employment opportunities when you graduate with your Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours in New Zealand and around the world.
Rapid progression to management
Career progression in the food industry can be rapid. You may start out in your career with a technical role - often the stepping stones to senior management and leadership positions in the industry, or you could set up your own business.
Sought-after by employers
With your Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours from Massey University, you will be sought after by the food industry.
Massey graduates are renowned for their ability to coordinate product development, process development, quality management and production management. They are also known for their ability to become specialists in specific technical areas such as food microbiology, food chemistry and packaging technology.
The wide variety of roles in the food technology industry include:
Food technologist - researching new foods and drinks and developing new products, packaging or processes.
Product development technologist - specifically working on developing a new product from concept to product.
Process technologist - improving and fixing food product processes
Process engineer - developing new technology that makes food production processes better
Flavour technologist - developing flavour and texture innovations.
Packaging technologist - developing more efficient or sustainable food packaging
Others include quality manager, food safety manager, production team leader, technical sales and support, winemaker or brewer, food microbiologist or food chemist. Or you could further your studies with a postgraduate research project, or become a teacher.
Entry into the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance and the appropriate level of achievement at secondary school or via other preparatory programmes as listed below:
(Please note: If you do not achieve the required entry standard that will guarantee selection into the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours, your application will be assessed on an individual case by case basis.)
Entry Requirements From Secondary School
NCEA Level 3:
Mathematics, normally including algebra, differentiation and integration (16 credits)
Physics (16 credits)
Chemistry (14 credits)
Diploma with 29 points including at a Higher level: Mathematics (5 Points) Physics (5 Points) Chemistry (5 Points)
University of Cambridge International Examinations
A level in Mathematics (C Grade)
Physics (C Grade)
Chemistry (C Grade)
160.103 Introductory University Mathematics (C- Grade) or 160.132 Concepts in Maths (C- grade)
124.100 Introductory Physics (C- Grade)
123.103 Introductory Chemistry (C- Grade)
Please note you must have achieved 16 Credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) before you enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics, 160.103 Introductory University Mathematics or 160.132 Concepts in Mathematics. To find out if you have what it takes, or what you need, to do the introductory courses we recommend that you attempt the relevant quiz here. Once you have completed the test/s, please contact the relevant course coordinator.
Study plan advice: NCEA Level 3
Guaranteed entry requires the following externally assessed Level 3 Achievement Standards:
Mathematics 91577 Apply the algebra of complex numbers in solving problems
91578 Apply differentiation methods in solving problems
91579 Apply integration methods in solving problems
91523 Demonstrate an understanding of wave systems
91524 Demonstrate an understanding of mechanical systems
91526 Demonstrate an understanding of electrical systems
91390 Demonstrate an understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances
91391 Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of organic compounds
91392 Demonstrate an understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems
Study plan advice: University of Cambridge International Examinations
We recommend A Level candidates study Mathematics: Pure Mathematics 1 (P1) and Pure Mathematics 3 (P3)
I have University Entrance (UE) but need more preparation in one or more of the subjects to enter BFoodTech(Hons)
Certificate in Science and Technology
This one-semester pathway is for students who need extra preparation in mathematics (160.103 or 160.132), physics (124.100) or chemistry (123.103). These courses can be taken separately (depending on your background) or as part of the CertScTech qualification.
Please note you must have achieved 16 Credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) before you enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics, 160.103 Introductory University Mathematics or 160.132 Concepts in Mathematics. To find out if you have what it takes, or what you need, to do the introductory courses we recommend that you attempt the relevant quiz here. Once you have completed the test/s, please contact the relevant course coordinator to discuss your suitability for this course or an alternative pathway.
Diploma in Science and Technology
This is suitable for students who wish to study a wide range of courses and also keep their options open just in case they change their mind and wish to enter another programme. This two-semester pathway is for students that need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry.
You can also choose subjects from biology, programming, statistics, food, accounting, marketing, finance, and management.
Summer Compact Courses (at Auckland Campus only)
For students that need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry, we are offering summer compact courses in 160.132 Concepts in Mathematics, 124.100 Introductory Physics or 123.103 Introductory Chemistry. These courses are an intensive learning experience. Students are advised to only take two introductory subjects. Tuition in each course takes six weeks and attendance is required during January and early February. These courses can be taken as a Certificate of Proficiency and can be put towards another qualification in the BSc, BInfSc and BBus.
If you prefer to study at a slower pace, equivalent preparatory courses are available via Distance Learning mode: 123.103 Introductory Chemistry, 124.100 Introductory Physics or 160.103 Introductory University Mathematics.
If you are currently completing Year 13 you should apply for discretionary entrance if you intend to begin study over summer before your NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent) become available in January.
I have met the entry requirements but need more English language skills
Direct Entry English Pathway
This 16-week pathway is suitable for students wishing to increase their English language skills.
I need more English language skills and study to meet UE. I also need more preparation for the subjects to enter the BFoodTech(Hons)
Certificate of Foundation Studies
Suitable for students wishing to increase their English language skills and attain University Entrance. This may be a one or two-semester programme depending on your background in maths, physics and chemistry. This is then followed by taking the one-semester Certificate in Science and Technology to get you up to speed in maths and physics and/or chemistry.
Majors or endorsements
Food Product Technology major
Developing great food products requires the food technologist to meet consumer expectations of taste, texture, nutritional requirements, safety and price, and to meet the manufacturer’s requirements for economical and sustainable processing. In this major you’ll learn about food product development, and food formulation and production, all the while getting hands-on experience in developing new and exciting foods at Massey. Graduates with this major will be able to undertake, lead and manage food product development projects from idea generation to product launch.
Food Process Engineering major
As a food process engineer, you will need to apply advanced technology and engineering to develop new processes for the food industry. In order to achieve these new developments, you will first learn about how to process food products and how to design new processes to operate on an industrial scale. Graduates will be able to lead and manage the development and installation of new processes and factories.
This major can be started at the Auckland or Manawatu campuses but the final one and a half years of the programme must be completed at Manawatu. You will need to decide before semester two, Year 3 begins if you are changing majors or moving to the Manawatu campus.
How much will it cost?
We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses, there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.