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Master of Food Technology

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Food Technology requires you to have one of

  1. a bachelor’s degree in food engineering, food science or food technology, with a minimum B grade average over the 200- and 300-level courses, or equivalent; or
  2. a Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours having achieved at least Second Class Honours, or equivalent.

Your qualification includes a thesis to the value of 120 credits. As you will be expected to do more than 90 credits of research please provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please check the regulations.

Master of Food Technology structure

Master of Food Technology (180 credits)

You will follow a parts-based course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising Part One and Part Two as defined by the Courses Schedule.


For progression to Part Two of the 180 credit Master of Food Technology you must have maintained a B Grade Average over the Part One courses.

Master of Food Technology (120 credits)

If you are admitted into the 120 credit Master of Food Technology (admission regulation (b) above) you will complete 120 credits of thesis courses from Part Two of the Schedule.


The Master of Food Technology is awarded without specialisation.

Time limits for completion for eligibility for Distinction or Merit

120 credits

Your 120 credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction, if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) if completed within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study.

180 credits

If completed within eighteen months of first enrolling in full-time study or within four years of first enrolling in part-time study, your 180 credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction or Merit.

Maximum time to completion

  • 120 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of four years.
  • 180 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of five years.

Students enrolling in a thesis commence with Part One followed by Part Two in the next enrolment period. Both parts combine to meet the thesis requirements with a single grade assigned to each part. If the thesis cannot be submitted at the end of the initial Part Two enrolment, the student must re-enrol in Part Two (and pay fees) each semester until submission is made, unless you meet the criteria for an extension.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Part One (60 credits)

Compulsory course

228.797 Research Methods in Engineering

Food Technology Courses

45 credits (three courses) from:

141.708 Food Packaging, Preservation and Storage
141.712 Strategic Food Product Development
141.713 Food Process Engineering Research
141.715 Food Ingredient Functionality

Part Two

141.806 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1
141.807 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual courses requirements, please use our Course search.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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