Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology)

Overview

Develop the food of the future

Learn how to develop the great-tasting food products of the future, incorporating exciting new nutritional health benefits.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Duration

  • 4 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

The world looks to New Zealand as a trustworthy provider of safe, healthy food. As a food technologist you will learn how to contribute to economic growth through improvements in productivity and Research and Development (R&D). You will play a key role in the development of new products and processes for the food industry.

Developing and improving food products, nutrition, health and safety are a priority for food technologists. You will learn how to produce products that consumers desire. That might be products with new beneficial characteristics, products that taste amazing, or that have longer shelf life but contain fewer additives. Or all three!

Global opportunities

By studying the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology) at Massey you will learn how to contribute towards the global trend and desire for healthier food. Some examples that have been worked on by Massey students include:

  • a sports drink to improve performance
  • a high-protein cereal
  • an extruded snack high in protein but low in fat
  • a low-calorie dessert or chocolate product.

Careers and further study

Careers

Career options after completing the Food Product Technology major include:

  • product development technologist
  • process improvement technologist
  • packaging technologist
  • specification technologist - R&D
  • quality and procurement technologist
  • applications technologist
  • R&D technologist
  • development technologist
  • raw materials specifications technologist
  • systems food technologist
  • quality assurance supervisor.

International students

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.

Events

Engineering and Food Technology Tours

Tour our extensive food facilities and engineering labs.

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Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

Please see entry requirements details on the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours page.

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:

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.

Summer compact courses (at Auckland campus only)

For students that need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry. These courses are an intensive learning experience. Students 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.

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.

Summer School

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

Credit summary

480 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

Core courses

Major courses

 

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.

Ensure that you also have 800 hours of practical work experience and complete reports 228.210 and 228.310.

Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this specialisation

Part Three

15 credits
141358 Nutrition and Food Choice 15

Part Four (90 credits)

Compulsory courses

75 credits
141759 Food Technology Project 30
141772 Innovative Food Design and Development 30
141791 Advanced Food Technology 15

An approved elective from

15 credits
112702 International Agri-Food Marketing Strategies 15
141755 Added-Value Processing of Food Products 15
151718 Advanced Topics in Macronutrient Nutrition 15
238700 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Footprinting Principles 15
280702 Process Control 15
280771 Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering 15
287741 Quality System Development and Management 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

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.

You must pass at least 105 credits in Food Product Technology. This includes all compulsory courses required for your 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.
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


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:

  • are interested in creating new food products
  • would like to learn how to bring new food products to the market
  • are interested in being a leader in the food industry.

Accreditations and rankings

Accreditation by Engineering NZ under the Sydney accord

The BFoodTechHons (Food Product Technology) is accredited by Engineering NZ under the Sydney Accord (an international agreement).


Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) accreditation

Both majors of the BFoodTech (Hons) are approved by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).


ShanghaiRanking - food technology

Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300) by ShanghaiRanking.


Key information for students

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Regulations

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.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

 

Regulations for this programme

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
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

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.

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Returning students

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

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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