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College of Sciences

Te Wāhanga Pūtaiao

Massey University's College of Sciences is research-led. We provide transformative learning experiences to prepare our students for success in their chosen field and deliver globally-relevant solutions to fundamental and applied scientific challenges.

Three agriculture students doing testing on a farm


Massey University offers world-leading and unique programmes across our specialities. Our agriculture programme is no.1 in New Zealand according to global rankings and we offer the only veterinary programme in New Zealand ranked in the top 25 in the world.

Study sciences

Two fundamental scientists with microscopic view of fruit fly on screen


Massey University demands excellence in our sciences-related research. The College of Sciences brings together experts from several disciplines to further knowledge and make a difference in New Zealand and the world.

Sciences research

Accreditation and rankings

Our programmes are ranked as some of the best in the world, and we are accredited by major industry bodies internationally. Below is a selection of accreditations for sciences at Massey.


Professor Ray Geor

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor Geor is an internationally-recognised veterinary and agricultural science specialist, with expertise in equine medicine, nutrition and sport science. After spending nearly 30 years teaching and researching in America, he returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Sciences in 2015.

Professor Simon Hall

Deputy PVC (Academic)

Professor Hall is the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) for the College of Sciences. His 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 Dianne Brunton

Head of School of Natural and Computational Sciences

Professor Brunton is the head of School of Natural and Computational Sciences

Her research expertise is in social behaviour and the evolution and ecology of animal communication with her main research interest in the evolution of song.

Professor Julian Heyes

Head of School of Food and Advanced Technology

A professor of postharvest technology, Professor Heyes' research background is in cell physiology, with more recent research focusing on connecting science to growth of the horticulture sector based on novel, high-value niche products.

Professor Jon Huxley

Head of School of Veterinary Science

Professor Huxley joined Massey University in May 2018, from the University of Nottingham. His research expertise is in dairy cow health and endemic diseases of dairy cattle, particularly lameness and the impact of the housed environment on animal health and welfare.

Professor Paul Plieger

Acting Head of School of Fundamental Sciences

Professor Plieger is currently the acting Head of the School for the School of Fundamental Sciences. He is a trained inorganic synthetic chemist specialising in ligand design, synthesis and functionality.

Professor Monty Sutrisna

Head of School of Built Environment

Professor Sutrisna has an extensive body of academic research as well as university leadership and practical experience as a leader in the construction industry in the UK, Australia and Indonesia.

Professor Claire Massey

Director Stakeholder Engagement, Associate Dean International

Claire works to leverage the College’s capability, networks, facilities and knowledge platforms in order to create a better future for New Zealand and the world. Claire is your contact if you are an organisation that wishes to work with the College of Sciences.

Professor Peter Lockhart

Associate Dean - Pacific Peoples

Professor Lockhart has been working closely with Pacific Island nations since 2004. HIs experience includes being the instigator of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network to create opportunities for Pacific Island students and co-supervision of several Pacific Island students.

Professor Paul Kenyon

Head of School

Professor Kenyon is the Head of the School of Agriculture and Environment. His area of expertise is sheep husbandry and undertakes a range of research at both the basic science and applied level. He has strong links with the sheep industry in New Zealand.


All staff


The College of Sciences is comprised of six schools and the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study. Find out more about locations, research expertise and staff.

Meet our graduates

Pūhoro STEM Academy

The academy, set up by Massey University with Te Puni Kōkiri and Our Land and Water National Science Challenge support, fosters young Maori school pupils from Year 11 on their journey through to university, and ultimately the workforce. The programme works to engage with teachers and whanau to support the students’ science study in the Manawatū and Bay of Plenty and to build a wider community of Pūhoro students who share their passion for science.

Pūhoro STEM Academy

Māori school students on Massey campus laboratory


Construction Roadshow

Contact us to arrange

A session tailored for students and their whānau to interact with Massey staff and students about studying Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. We will discuss study options and job prospects. Schools and community groups can contact us to arrange a session for us to come to you.

Contact Carolle Varughese

Engineering Roadshow

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A session tailored for high school students to get a better understanding of engineering. This is a 45min – 1 hour hands-on group session with Massey students and staff, where you can explore what studying at Massey is like. Teachers and Careers advisors can contact us to arrange a session at your school.

Contact Carolle Varughese

Fascination Science

First Tuesday of every month

Come and hear from some of the leading minds in science today. Massey University Auckland scientists take you into the fascinating world of scientific discoveries.

Find out more and register

Food Technology Experience Day

A full day programme for those thinking about studying food technology or food process engineering. Visit campus, find out about our facilities and take part in hands-on activities.

Contact Carolle Varughese

Food Technology Roadshow

Contact us to arrange

A session tailored for high school students to get a better understanding of food technology. This is a 45min – 1 hour hands-on group session with Massey students and staff, where you can explore what studying at Massey is like. Teachers and Careers advisors can contact us to arrange a session at your school.

Contact Carolle Varughese

NCEA L3 Organic Chemistry Tutorials

28 Sept-1 Oct and 5-8 Oct

Two tutorials (each two hours long) held for students ahead of their NCEA Level 3 Organic Chemistry exam.

Contact Carolle Varughese

Open days

Open Days at Massey University are your chance to explore your future options. They give you an insight into study areas, accommodation, student life and more.

They are usually held around August.

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The Forder Public Lecture Series - The Usefulness of Useless (Mathematical) Knowledge

16 March 2020

The Forder Lectures are an annual series, given by a mathematician from the UK who tours NZ visiting all the universities. The talk is hosted by Massey University's School of Fundamental Sciences.

This year's speaker is Dr Julia Wolf, a university lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge.

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Awards, funding and recognition

Some examples of the funding and recognition for College of Sciences staff and their work.

Work with us

The College of Sciences has developed close relationships with industry across our areas of expertise.

We work with our partners on industry-relevant research and professional development and match final year students in some areas with companies to work on real world projects. Talk to us to find out how you can work with the College.

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Tutor in laboratory working with student


Auckland campus

Massey University’s Auckland campus is in Albany on the North Shore of Auckland. College of Sciences are based on the main campus in the Mathematical Sciences building, with food technology, engineering and much of natural sciences on the nearby Otehe Rohe campus.

Oteha Rohe campus

Manawatū campus

Massey University’s Manawatū campus is in Palmerston North. The College of Sciences is based in the Science Towers off the central concourse, Aghort buildings, Riddet Complex and other buildings around campus.

Manawatu campus from above

Donate to the College of Sciences

We welcome your support in raising money to enable excellence in scholarship, teaching and research in the College of Sciences.

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