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Academic assurance

All Massey University qualifications have been designed, delivered, assessed, monitored, and reviewed by qualified staff in accordance with international best practice.

The following factors contribute to the assurance of Massey University qualifications.

Qualification design at Massey University

Academic policy

The University has a range of policies that outline our values and approaches with regard to qualification design, approval, implementation, delivery, review, and equivalence.

Massey University Policy Guide 

Peer review of proposals

The qualification approval process is rigorous and includes several levels of peer review, including the highest level of academic governance within the University, the Academic Board.  All relevant aspects of a programme, including the justification, pedagogies, and evidence that the University is well placed to resource and deliver the programme are considered by the Board.

Massey University academic board and committees

Graduate profiles

All qualifications have an approved graduate profile, which outlines the knowledge, skills and attributes that students, employers, and other stakeholders can expect a graduate to have developed upon completion of their chosen qualification.  

The graduate profile for each qualification can be found on the associated programme page.

Massey University programme list


Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP)

Comprised of leading academic managers from all New Zealand universities, CUAP oversees a peer review process, by disciplinary experts across the country, of all new and significantly amended university programmes.

Committee on University Academic Programmes - Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara website

New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF)

One of the first qualification frameworks in the World, the NZQF allows students to compare their qualifications and benchmark them against other international qualifications. All qualifications offered in New Zealand are required to be registered on the NZQF.

Understanding New Zealand qualifications - NZQA website  

Massey University qualification framework

The Academic Board of Massey University has approved a qualification framework, which outlines how the University will incorporate the principles outlined in the Qualification Policy.

Audit and review

Massey University qualification reviews

All new qualifications are required to undertake a formal review once the first cohort graduate. Thereafter qualifications are subject to a cycle of reviews. This ensures the qualifications are well positioned to adapt to developments in research, pedagogies, and technology, and the needs of employers.

Internal audits

Audits of academic processes and associated providers are undertaken periodically to ensure quality standards are met.

Academic Quality Agency (AQA)

The AQA provides external academic quality assurance for all New Zealand universities via a five-yearly cycle of audits. Key principles underpinning AQA academic audits are:

  • peer review
  • evidence-based
  • externally benchmarked, and
  • enhancement-led.
Academic Quality Agency website


University rankings

Massey University participates in a number of international rankings, which compare universities across the globe. Students, parents, staff, institutional partners, and funders are increasingly using prestigious international rankings, such as the QS, Times Higher Education, Shanghai and US News Best Global to compare universities and to make decisions of where to study, work, partner and invest.

Massey's reputation and rankings

Teaching quality

The Student Survey and Evaluation Unit regularly survey student satisfaction with teaching and learning which allows the University to measure and improve its performance year on year and in comparison to other domestic and international universities.

Distance and campus-based student associations also facilitate a student-led Class Representative scheme to provide feedback to academic staff on course delivery.

Professional accreditation

A number of Massey University qualifications are recognised by professional bodies. This recognition generally qualifies students for admission into a profession. All accreditations are subject to high standards which are subject to regular review.

Research and qualifications

Research informed qualifications

Massey University qualifications are designed and delivered by research-active academic staff. This ensures a strong connection between the teaching and research platforms of the University and ensures that qualifications are delivered by staff who are active in advancing knowledge.

Massey staff are recognised through the Performance Based Research Fund which is administered by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Performance-Based Research Fund - Tertiary Education Commission/Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua website

Doctoral Research Committee

This University committee promulgates and assures the standards applying to doctoral degrees, ensuring consistent standards of the research, academic, and candidate environments afforded to all students.

Massey University's Doctoral Research Committee

External examiners

External examiners are a key component in assuring the credibility, quality, and international standing of a research degree. At Massey University, external domestic examiners are appointed to all panels considering research Master’s degree awards, and external international examiners are appointed to all panels considering Doctoral degree awards.

Support for academic staff

Office of Academic Assurance

This team of professional staff support strategic academic initiatives and service the academic assurance activities of the University. They provide advice and support to academic staff as well as managing many of the quality assurance processes relating to:

  • curriculum management
  • qualification lifecycle, and
  • academic governance administration

on behalf of the University.

National Centre for teaching and learning

Providing strategic leadership for teaching and learning development, the National Centre works closely with colleges to improve the quality of teaching and to oversee the University’s commitment to academic integrity.

Massey University's National Centre for teaching and learning

Ako Aotearoa

The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence assists educators and organisations to enable the best possible educational outcomes for all learners by offering evidence-based support to practitioners to explore and evaluate new approaches designed to improve tertiary teaching and learning.