Projects funded into: genetic diversity, climate change impact on alpine flora, neural morphogenesis and memory and mathematical statistics.

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  • New Unesco science partnership in the Pacific

    Partnership will protect agriculture, advance conservation and foster better health and economic prosperity

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  • $1.5 million to investigate potential of new materials

    IFS gain funding for research into metal-organic frameworks.


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Fundamental Sciences

Massey University’s Institute of Fundamental Sciences leads study and research into the basic sciences on the Palmerston North campus. Our multi and interdisciplinary research and teaching span the biological and physical sciences, mathematics and statistics.

Massey chemistry lecturer and student in laboratory inspecting model


Our graduates build careers in many areas of science and technology within New Zealand and overseas. We offer the BSc degree, and our BSc (Hons), MSc and PGDipSci programmes combine taught papers and research. For the wide range of PhD research see our research and staff pages.


We are a highly productive group carrying out interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of our disciplines.

We have extensive international collaborations and an impressive history of commercialising our results.

Scholarships and jobs

PhD graduate

The Institute has a number of doctoral and masterate scholarships and salaried positions available. 


Whanganui find the winning formula
Year 12 students from Whanganui High School have yet again taken out the M3S: Massey Manawatu Maths and Stats Competition, despite strong competition...
Lecture: Simplifying the science of Stephen Hawking
Massey's Professor Tony Signal will attempt to decode some of Stephen Hawking's most famous scientific discoveries at a free community lecture in...
Professor Emeritus welcomed by prominent US Academy
Professor Emeritus David Penny has received one of the highest honours in the science world, to be named a National Academy of Sciences foreign...
$15.6m Marsden funding a record for Massey
Massey researchers have received more than $15.6 million from the Royal Society of New Zealand's annual Marsden Fund for 26 projects, a record number...
Professor Murray Cox awarded Te Rangi HÄ«roa Medal
Professor Murray Cox has been awarded the Te Rangi Hīroa Medal by the Royal Society Te Apārangi for his work decoding how past societies...


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Head of Institute Prof Martin Hazelton

Institute of Fundamental Sciences
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Colombo Road, Massey University
Tennent Drive, Palmerston North 4410

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Palmerston North 4442

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