College of Sciences

College of Sciences , Te Wāhanga Pūtaiao

The College of Sciences seeks innovative solutions to challenges facing our world, with expertise in areas such as agriculture, construction, engineering and veterinary science.

Overview

The College of Sciences – Te Wāhanga Pūtaiao is research-led. We provide transformative learning experiences to prepare our students for success in their chosen fields and deliver globally relevant solutions to fundamental and applied scientific challenges.

We offer world-leading and unique programmes across our specialities. Massey ranks highly in the top vet schools in the world and is internationally accredited. Our agriculture programme is number one in New Zealand according to global rankings.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey

We are deeply committed to being a Tiriti-led college, demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practice. We embrace this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa – The Treaty of Waitangi at Massey

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Study with us

Prepare for success in your chosen field. Study agriculture, engineering, IT systems, vet science, wildlife ecology and more.

Our research

The College of Sciences brings together experts from several disciplines to further knowledge and make a difference in New Zealand and the world.

Industry, alumni and community

Become a research partner with the College of Sciences, participate in a study or find resources and workshops for your school.

Who we are

Our people make us who we are. Meet senior leaders in the College of Sciences.

Professor Paul Kenyon

Professor Paul Kenyon

PhD, MAppSc, BAgrSc
Head of School, Professor in Sheep Husbandry, Doctoral Supervisor

Paul Kenyon's expertise is sheep husbandry. He undertakes a range of research at both the basic science and applied level. Paul has strong links with the sheep industry in New Zealand.

Professor Monty Sutrisna

Professor Monty Sutrisna

Head of School of Built Environment

Monty Sutrisna is Professor of Construction and Project Management, with practical experience as a leader in the construction industry in the UK, Australia and Indonesia. Monty champions close collaboration between academia and industry. Research interests include construction IT and artificial intelligence, construction contracts, and productivity.

Professor Simon Hall

Professor Simon Hall

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Head of School of Food and Advanced Technology

Simon Hall's expertise is in chemistry. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he was a founding principal investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Professor Chris Scogings

Professor Chris Scogings

Head of School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

Chris Scogings' research focuses on agent-based modelling, including new algorithms to enhance performance. A dedicated teacher, Chris has received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006) and Albany Lecturer of the Year (2005 and 2013). Chris has strong links to the local software industry.

Professor Jamie Quinton

Professor Jamie Quinton

Head of School of Natural Sciences

Jamie Quinton's research interests include nanotechnology, physics and materials engineering – and he holds two patents. He joined Massey in 2022 after 18 years at Flinders University in Adelaide, where he won awards for lecturer of the year and a national teaching citation. Jamie is a Fellow of the Australian Institutes of Physics and a member of the British Institute of Physics.

Professor Jon Huxley

Professor Jon Huxley

Dean and Head of School of Veterinary Science

Jon Huxley joined Massey in May 2018 having previously worked in two UK vet schools. His clinical and research expertise is in dairy cow population health, particularly lameness and the impact of the housed environment on animal health and welfare.

Associate Professor Liz Norman

Associate Professor Liz Norman

Director of Teaching and Learning

A trained veterinarian with a doctorate in education, Liz Norman's research focuses on the experiences and wellbeing of veterinary students. She has won teaching awards from Massey and Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Professor Jonathan Procter

Professor Jonathan Procter

Associate Dean Māori

Jonathan Procter manages Massey’s Volcanic Risk Solutions research group. Jonathan contributes to national and international research into volcanic hazards, hazard detection and simulation, and community resilience to natural and environmental hazards.

Professor Peter Lockhart

Professor Peter Lockhart

Associate Dean Pacific People

Peter Lockhart has worked closely with Pacific nations since 2004. His experience includes being the instigator of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network to create opportunities for Pacific students, and co-supervision of several Pacific students.

Professor Suzanne Wilkinson

Professor Suzanne Wilkinson

Associate Dean Research & Professor of Construction Management

Suzanne Wilkinson focuses on construction management and civil engineering. Suzanne's research interests include construction climate mitigation, construction innovation, disaster management, resilience, and smart cities.

Associate Professor Catherine Whitby

Associate Professor Catherine Whitby

Associate Dean - Postgraduate

Catherine is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry. She is a physical chemist with expertise in colloid and surface chemistry. She uses nanomaterials to modify the chemistry of drop and bubble surfaces. This strategy enables her to control the structure, stability and flow of soft materials. Her findings have been applied in food and pharmaceutical products and in drilling fluids.

Professor Gourab Sen Gupta

Professor Gourab Sen Gupta

PhD, MEE, BEng
Director – International

Gourab Sen Gupta received his PhD in Computer Systems Engineering from Massey University in 2008. Since September 2002 he has been with the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, New Zealand, where is currently the Deputy Head and Academic Dean (Engineering and Food).

Schools

Our college is home to six interconnected schools and multiple research centres.

School of Agriculture & Environment

Examining interconnections between primary industries such as farming and forestry and our unique environments.

School of Built Environment

Industry-relevant teaching and research in construction, lighting, quantity surveying and sustainable buildings.

School of Food and Advanced Technology

Food science and engineering specialties to support New Zealand's export-driven growth.

School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

Maths, statistics and computing with a future focus and strong industry connections.

School of Natural Sciences

Teaching and research across the biological and physical sciences – including biology, chemistry, ecology and physics.

School of Veterinary Science

Ranked highly in the top vet schools in the world and internationally accredited.

Services and clinics

Massey clinics offer services for the public, as well as research or training for staff, students and business.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital's clinics

Our expert staff diagnose and treat many animal species, including:

  • cats, dogs and other pets
  • horses
  • livestock and lifestyle animals such as alpaca and poultry
  • native birds and reptiles.

We're open to the public and offer hands-on experience for veterinary students.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Food Innovation for business development

FoodPilot's Food Innovation offers advice, consultancy or commissioned research in any area of food science, food technology or the business of food. With extensive food industry experience, we can help with everything from brainstorming concepts to small production trials.

Nutrition Laboratory

The laboratory specialises in analysing food, plant and animal products. The facilities enable nutritional testing of food products, including for:

  • food safety
  • labelling
  • product formulation
  • shelf life.
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Photometric Laboratory

This state-of-the-art lighting laboratory includes specialist equipment to measure:

  • colour rending and colour temperature
  • dominant wavelength
  • luminosity
  • power, and more.

Massey Genome Service

Our lab provides sequencing services to New Zealand researchers and students, including:

  • analysis of genomic DNA
  • genotyping
  • RNA and ABI sequencing.

Location: Manawatū campus

Manawatū Microscopy and Imaging Centre

The centre is available for use by organisations such as researchers, Crown Research Institutes, other teaching institutions, hospitals and commercial clients.

We have a team of specialists and offer:

  • transmitted light and fluorescence microscopy
  • electron microscopy
  • image analysis.

Animal genetic services

Massey University’s InfogeneNZ offers the most comprehensive range of DNA-based genetic testing for animals in New Zealand.

Rankings

QS Ranking - Veterinary Science

The Massey is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as 28th in the world for veterinary science.

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QS Ranking - Agriculture and Forestry

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings.

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QS Ranking - Environmental Sciences

Massey University’s environmental sciences programme is ranked in the top 350 in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

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QS Ranking - Biological Sciences

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 450 universities in the world for biological sciences.

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QS Ranking - Computer Science and Information Systems

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 650 universities for computer science and information systems. QS is an organisation that ranks universities worldwide in various topics.

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Sciences news

Discover news from the College of Sciences.

Helping Hawke’s Bay growers recover from Cyclone Gabrielle

Wednesday 26 July 2023

Staff from Massey’s Farmed Landscapes Research Centre were part of recovery efforts following the devastation caused by the Cyclone.

Kiwi scientists taking to world stage in September

Wednesday 12 July 2023

A contingent of New Zealand protein experts are featuring at an international protein summit in the Netherlands in September.

Going from strength to strength in veterinary care

Tuesday 11 July 2023

Emily Sandow had been working as a veterinarian in Australia for over 10 years when she decided she wanted to go further in her career, which led her back to study.

Veterinary Science alumna becomes first female FMG Young Farmer of the Year

Monday 10 July 2023

Emma Poole became the first-ever female FMG Young Farmer of the Year over the weekend.

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College of Sciences – Auckland campus

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College of Sciences – Manawatū campus

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