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Professional development and short courses - sciences
Massey University offers a variety of sciences short courses and professional development-related qualifications targeted at increasing the skill level of those in the workforce. These bring the latest research and industry developments to your learning, making it relevant, timely and immediately applicable.
These are degrees at Massey which are less research-focused and are targeted to help those in the workforce to develop skills relevant to their current career. The pre-requisite to a master's degree is an undergraduate degree.
- Diploma in Agriculture
- Diploma in Dairy Technology
- Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology
- Master of Agribusiness
- Master of Construction
- Master of Construction (Building Technology)
- Master of Construction (Construction Law)
- Master of Construction (Construction Project Management)
- Master of Construction (Facilities Management)
- Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying)
- Master of Dairy Science and Technology
- Master of Engineering Studies
- Master of Engineering Studies (Electronics and Computer Engineering)
- Master of Engineering Studies (Mechatronics)
- Master of Environmental Management
- Master of Food Safety and Quality
- Master of Food Technology
- Master of Information Sciences
- Master of Information Sciences (Computer Science)
- Master of Quality Systems
- Master of Supply Chain Management
- Master of Veterinary Medicine
- Master of Veterinary Studies
- Master of Veterinary Studies (Epidemiology)
- Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Pathology)
- Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Public Health)
If you are not sure you have the correct pre-requisites to enrol in a programme of study at Massey you can use our pathways tool to find out more.
Tailored short courses
If we don’t already offer the short course you need, talk to us. Our staff have a very broad range of expertise and we will tailor courses to meet your industry or organisation’s requirements. These courses may count towards a Massey qualification.
Get in touch with us to discuss your needs.
Agriculture and horticulture professional development courses
Advanced Farm Environment Planning
Developed with the support of the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand (FANZ), this course will provide students with the detailed knowledge and integrated skills necessary to produce New Zealand industry-standard, farm-scale, freshwater Farm Environment Plans for dairy, beef and sheep and arable farms. These plans will identify existing and potential soil, greenhouse gas, pathogen, and nutrient loss pathways, the sources of these losses, and will provide justification for a range of options to mitigate the impact of the farm system on freshwater bodies.
Analysis of New Zealand Agricultural Systems
The course will provide the student with the knowledge and integrated skills to identify key components of farm systems and to understand major drivers influencing agricultural systems.
Farm dairy effluent course
A three-day short course for industry practitioners, rural professionals, regulatory and governance personnel and scientists engaged in providing advice relating to the design, management and auditing of farm dairy effluent (FDE) system.
Greenhouse gas emissions and management course
Developed with DairyNZ, AgResearch, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and MPI, this course presents New Zealand’s agricultural GHG emissions in the context of their contribution to global emissions and climate change.
Intermediate Farm Environment Planning
This is a 10-credit course and will provide the student with the knowledge and integrated skills necessary to produce a base New Zealand industry-standard, farm-scale, freshwater Farm Environment Plan.
This plan will identify existing and potential soil, pathogen, and nutrient loss pathways, the sources of these losses, and will provide justification for a range of options to mitigate the impact of the farm system on freshwater bodies.
Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment
This course will introduce you to life cycle thinking as a concept, and Life Cycle Assessment as an analytical tool to support environmental management. By the end of this course, you will be able to confidently commission an LCA study designed to meet the needs of a specific decision situation and be able to interpret its results to support decision-making. This course is intended for environmental managers, product designers, engineers, policymakers and other professionals interested in learning more about the role of LCA in guiding decision-making - but without any prior training in LCA.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
This course is designed to meet CAA requirements for RPAS operators with little or no aviation experience who want to enter the industry or further develop their understanding of the use of RPAS in the aviation environment. The course is designed to bridge the gap between RPAS operators and aviators to enhance the safety of your operation. It delivers a syllabus centred around safe operating practices featuring hands-on scenarios and practical demonstrations by industry experts.
Sustainable nutrient management courses
Two courses are offered for the accreditation of advisors responsible for safe and effective nutrient management. The 'Intermediate' Course is offered in two options - Pastoral Agriculture and Orchard and Arable Production.
This course will give you a good grounding in the principles of using herbicides to control weeds. It has been designed to prepare participants for working in the herbicide industry within New Zealand.
Animal and veterinary science
Massey University offers a number of 15-credit courses relevant to veterinarians and others working with animals.
There is also a unique professional development pathway for veterinarians in conjunction with The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA). This consists of a series of courses, that you can take in bite-size chunks and can lead to an internationally recognised qualification. Currently available is a Sheep, beef and deer pathway.
Oiled Wildlife Response
Massey University and University of California at Davis have jointly developed this training programme aimed at producing high quality oiled wildlife responders globally.
Food and beverage short courses
An Introduction to Sensory Evaluation
This interactive course, with its balance of theory and practical, introduces the application of sensory evaluation techniques for the food industry. It focuses on measuring the sensory attributes of food, as opposed to measuring consumer opinion, which we cover in our follow-on course on Consumer Sensory Testing.
This course is suitable for a range of individuals who need an introduction, or refresher, to sensory evaluation including those involved in sensory testing, consumer testing, quality assurance and product development or anyone working alongside these industry functions.
Brewing short course
This two-day course, using Massey's state-of-the-art microbrewery offers a comprehensive introduction to brewing. Useful for industry suppliers, craft brewers, aspiring micro-brewers and new graduates. It runs twice a year.
Upgrade your refrigeration knowledge with this workshop. Topics covered include implications of climate change and the Emissions Trading Scheme, electricity prices, refrigerants, changes to conditions for processing and storage, efficiencies of systems, understanding refrigeration systems and more. Dates: 3-6 September 2019 Location: Massey University Manawatū campus, Palmerston North
Evaluating Consumer Response
This interactive one-day course combines theory and practical sessions to consider the why, who, what, where and when of consumer product testing, and complements our sister course: An Introduction to Sensory Evaluation.
This Introduction to consumer sensory testing is suitable for a range of individuals who need an introduction, or refresher, to sensory evaluation including those involved in sensory testing, consumer testing, market research, quality assurance, product development or anyone working alongside these industry functions.
Food safety course
The focus of this course is microbiological safety although chemical and foreign matter aspects are included. It is designed for food manufacturers although those from other sectors of the food industry may find the course useful. This two-day course can be run on demand.
Getting the most out of the Sensory and Consumer Toolbox
A basic introduction to Sensory and Consumer Science for the food industry, highlighting best practice and the nature of information sensory and consumer testing can provide.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point course
This two-day course covers the theory and practice of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) procedures to provide confidence in food manufacture. Run on demand.
Low Acid Canned Food Thermal Processing Systems course (LACF)
This course covers relevant food microbiology principles, the design and control of a range of thermal processing systems, the principles of food plant sanitation, record keeping, and the design and handling of food containers for thermal processing. Passing this course allows you to supervise thermal processes for low-acid food.
Quality Assurance and Control
An introduction to the application of sensory evaluation in Quality Assurance for the food industry.
Computing, statistics and mathematics
Introduction to RStudio
R is a free and powerful software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics. The R environment is highly flexible and it contains a wealth of functions to carry out standard and non-standard statistical and graphical analyses.
The workshop is designed for data analysts (both statisticians and non-statisticians) with a solid grounding in statistics but with little or no experience with R/RStudio.