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Join a growing industry
The world needs healthy and safe food products and ingredients manufactured on a large scale. New food products pose challenging and exciting process design problems that you can help solve.
- Undergraduate, NZQF Level 8
- 4 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
Every day new food products and food ingredients are developed. The large-scale food manufacturing processes needed to bring these safely and sustainably to the world are designed and managed by food engineers. With the Massey University food process engineering major, you will have the skills and knowledge to work in and to eventually lead this exciting global industry.
The world’s growing population needs healthy and safe foods and New Zealand is an important link in the global food supply chain to meet this demand.
You could go on to manage the development and installation of new processing lines and factories producing products meeting the customer requirements in a safe, economical and sustainable way. You could also turn your great ideas into new innovative solutions. These could then be developed into a business.
The possibilities are endless and your skills can be applied all over the world.
Careers and further study
Career options after completing the Food Product Technology major include:
- food process engineer
- process engineer
- design engineer
- production supervisor.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
Please see entry requirements details on the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours page.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
There are some alternative ways to help you enter the food technology programme:
Certificate in Science and Technology
This one-semester pathway is for students who need extra preparation in mathematics (160.105 Methods of Mathematics), physics (124.100 Introductory Physics) or chemistry (123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences). These courses can be taken separately (depending on your background) or as part of the CertScTech qualification.
Please note you must have achieved 16 Credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) before you enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics, 160.105 Methods of Mathematics. To find out if you have what it takes, or what you need, to do the introductory courses we recommend that you attempt the relevant quiz here. Once you have completed the test/s, please contact the relevant course coordinator or enquire through this page to discuss your suitability for this course or an alternative pathway.
Diploma in Science and Technology
This two-semester pathway is if you need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry.This is suitable if you wish to study a wide range of courses and keep your options open to change to another programme.
You can also choose subjects from: biology, programming, statistics, food, accounting, marketing, finance and management.
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
Summer Compact Courses (at Auckland Campus only)
These courses may be suitable if you need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry. These courses are an intensive learning experience. You are advised to only take two introductory subjects. Tuition in each course takes six weeks and attendance is required during January and early February. These courses can be taken as a Certificate of Proficiency and can be put towards another qualification in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Information Sciences and Bachelor of Business.
If you prefer to study at a slower pace, equivalent preparatory courses are available via Distance Learning mode: 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences, 124.100 Introductory Physics or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics.
If you are currently completing Year 13 you should apply for discretionary entrance if you intend to begin study over summer before your NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent) become available in January. See Massey University entry requirements for more information.
Courses and planning
- Core courses – 375 credits
- Major courses – 105 credits
- 800 hours of practical work experience
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two and so forth.
Courses for this specialisation
Planning your programme
Full-time study in the first year comprises eight 15-credit courses, for a total of 120 credits. We recommend studying 60 credits per semester.
This major can be started at the Auckland or Manawatū campuses but the final one-and-a-half years of the programme must be completed at Manawatū. If you start studying this major at Auckland, before beginning Semester Two of Year 3 you will need to decide if:
a. you are going to change major so you can remain studying on the Auckland campus OR
b. you are going to move to the Manawatū campus to continue with this major.
Practical work experience while you study
During your time with us you have to spend 800 hours (a minimum of 6 months) working as engineers with companies.
You will be required to submit two reports on your experiences. You may complete your practical work at the end of your second and third years of study (or the final practical after your fourth year).
See the main Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours page for more detailed information.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit
If you complete this programme within the stated time limit, you will normally be able to graduate with a class of Honours.
Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.
- Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
- Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Typical pattern for the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours
Core courses These courses are a compulsory part of your qualification.
Major courses Choose from a selection of courses appropriate for your specialisation.
|120.101 Plant Biology|
|123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems|
|123.105 Chemistry & the Physical World|
|124.104 Physics 1A: Mechanics & Thermodynamics|
|228.115 Engineering & Technology Principles|
|247.111 Science & Sustainability for Engineering & Technology|
|123.201 Chemical Energetics|
|123.271 Molecules to Materials|
|141.211 Food Technology 3: Product Development|
|141.212 Food Technology 4: Manufacturing|
|228.271 Engineering Mathematics 2|
|280.201 Industrial Microbiology|
|280.271 Heat & Mass – Conservation & Transfer|
|280.272 Fluid Flow & Particle Technology|
|228.210 Practicum I
|141.311Food Technology 5: Food Microbiology & Safety|
|141.312 Food Technology 6: Food Characterisation|
|141.362 Food Formulation Technology|
|141.395 Food Chemistry|
|228.371 Statistical Modelling for Engineers & Technologists|
|280.371 Process Engineering Operations|
|280.372 Reaction Technologies & Process Modelling|
|228.310 Practicum II
|141.710 Food Packaging Engineering & Legislation|
|141.723 Industrial Systems Improvement|
Courses are each worth 15 credits, except where indicated
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours fees
The BFoodTech(Hons) is a four year honours degree programme. Please note that fees will be charged according to the academic level of courses. This means that Years 1, 2 and 3 will be charged at the undergraduate course rate and Year 4 which is an honours year, will be charged at the postgraduate course rate.
A good fit if you:
- think methodically and enjoy research
- are interested in how raw agricultural products are transformed into healthy and exciting food products
- want to design or manage your own food factory.
Accreditations and rankings
The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours programme is accredited by Engineering NZ, under the Washington Accord, allowing our graduates to work internationally.
Both majors of the BFoodTech (Hons) are approved by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Massey University is ranked as one of the top 75 universities worldwide for Food Science and Technology (out of 300) by ShanghaiRanking.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
Scholarships related to this programme
- School of Food and Advanced Technology First Year Undergraduate Scholarship
- Sir James Wattie Scholarship for Food Technology
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.