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Food Science and Technology

Undergraduate study in food science and technology

Massey University has a long-established reputation for its four-year food technology degree, the Bachelor of Food Technology (Hons).

Food technologists need to have an in-depth knowledge of raw foods and how they can be handled, processed and/or packaged to provide consumers with safe, convenient, nutritious end products.

Food is New Zealand’s biggest industry. Food technology is all about using science to add value to commodity foods, such as dairy products, meat, fruit, vegetables and grains.

Food technology is very important to the New Zealand economy.

  • New Zealand’s food industry is worth $34 billion
  • The food and beverage industry earns about 50 percent of New Zealand's export income — and it’s growing!

IFT accreditation


Massey University’s Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours) is accredited by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). We have the distinction of being one of only two universities outside the Americas to have achieved this recognition.

The food industry will always need food technologists. Teaching within food science and technology is founded on problem solving and interdisciplinary learning, with a strong technology and engineering emphasis.

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Singaporean students

Singaporean students who have completed approved diplomas in Singapore may apply for direct entry into to study towards a Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours in New Zealand.

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Fuli Institute exchange

Massey University's exchange programme with Zhejiang University in China allows food science and technology students to study in New Zealand for one semester.


Student blog

Read food technology first year student Tania Thamrin's blog.

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Fourth year projects

In the fourth year of the Bachelor of Food Science and Technology (Honours), students complete a research or development project based on the needs of the food industry.

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Meet two of our successful Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours) graduates - Marianne Poh and Nick Devcich. Also learn more about food technology and see what kinds of jobs our Massey graduates are doing on the Futureintech site.

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Other qualifications

Massey also offers the following undergraduate degree programmes:

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