• plant cytogenetics gains $10K study award

    researcher to travel to UK to learn about latest techniques in plant science


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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. 


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...
Breast cancer PhD research wins Massey 3MT
Research on the "cross-talk" between breast cancer cells and immune cells that could lead to new understandings of and targeted treatment for the...
Plant cytogenetics nabs $10k study award
Dr Prashant Joshi has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Technicians' Study Award of $10,000 from TeachNZ to learn about the latest techniques in...
UNESCO science partnership building bridges in the Pacific
A potentially game-changing low-cost mobile genetic diagnostics system to detect and quantify pathogens in food, water, humans, livestock and crops...
$1.5 million to investigate potential of new materials
Massey University researchers have received $1.5 million to explore the potential of a material that could perform tasks like capturing carbon...


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Head of Institute Prof Martin Hazelton

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Tennent Drive, Palmerston North 4410

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