Fundamental Sciences

The Institute of Fundamental Sciences is based at Massey University’s Palmerston North, Manawatū campus. Our multi and interdisciplinary research and teaching span the fundamental areas of chemistry, physics, nanoscience, mathematics, statistics, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, plant science, evolutionary biology and bioinformatics.

Scientists discussing an anion-capturing molecule


Our graduates build careers in many areas of science and technology within New Zealand and overseas. We offer the BSc degree, and our BSc (Hons), MSc and PGDipSci programmes combine taught papers and research. For the wide range of PhD research see our research and staff pages.

Scientists looking at bio-nanobeads


We are a highly productive group carrying out interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of our disciplines.

We have extensive international collaborations and an impressive history of commercialising our results.

Scholarships and jobs

PhD graduate

The Institute has a number of doctoral and masterate scholarships and salaried positions available. 

Find out more.


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Head of Institute Prof Simon Hall

Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Room 4.11, Science Tower B
Colombo Road, Massey University
Tennent Drive, Palmerston North 4410

Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442

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Room 1.19, Science Tower A
Colombo Road, Massey University
Tennent Drive, Palmerston North 4410

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