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Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (BFoodTech(Hons)) - 2014

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  • Available at Manawatu


Join one of the fastest-growing industries in the world

With a career in food technology, you can really make your mark on the world.

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. All this adds up to excellent salaries and an increasing demand for people with the skills you will gain by studying food technology.

Why Food Technology at Massey?

A unique qualification

Massey University’s Food Technology has been producing graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for the last 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 the technical and business skills to apply your knowledge in the commercial world.

An internationally-recognised food technology programme

The Food Product Technology major of the BFoodTech(Hons) programme is accredited by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). It is one of only a handful of programmes outside the Americas to have achieved this recognition.

The Food Process Engineering major is accredited by IPENZ (Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand) as a professional engineering degree under the Washington Accord, an international agreement.

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 in New Zealand, or around the world

Take less time to reach your goals

You’ll study for four years full time, or you have the option to take our condensed programme starting in August. If you choose to start in August your first semester will condense the first year into 26 weeks of intensive study from August to February the following year.

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 through 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 actively researching, with many having worked in the New Zealand and international food industries.

More work experience during your study

At Massey you’re required to complete 900 hours of approved summer vacation employment (over three summer breaks). This is more than other food qualifications in New Zealand and means that you come out with a broader understanding of the food industry, and 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.

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, you can change and have until half-way through your third year to choose your final specialisation.


Find out more about food technology scholarships through our scholarship search. Simply enter in ‘food technology’ to get the latest list of options.

If you live in Singapore, and have completed a diploma in food science or food technology, you can apply for one of our scholarships to study towards a BFoodTech(Hons) in New Zealand. Find out more about international scholarships for Food Technology.

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