Enhance your career in the food industry
With a Master of Food Safety and Quality, you will play a key role in managing food safety and quality in any food manufacturing company, food auditing company or regulatory authority.
- Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
- 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning
- Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year.
Food safety and quality are essential to the success of all food manufacturing companies and critical for New Zealand’s economic success. Food manufacturers need absolute confidence in the safety and quality of their products. You can choose to study full time or part time with a programme supported with an on-line learning environment.
In big demand by employers around the world
Food companies have a growing need for expertise in food safety and quality. If they do not have this expertise themselves, consultants with the relevant qualifications provide them with services.
You could start your own consultancy business. Or to work for the government department overseeing food safety in your country.
Work on real food industry issues
The Master in Food Safety and Quality provides practical skills as well as a depth of knowledge. These enable you to manage problems in food manufacturing. You’ll also develop preventative tools designed to provide confidence in the quality and safety of food.
At Massey University, you will have access to the latest modern food processing and analytical equipment to undertake research that is applied and practical to the food industry.
- A fully equipped pilot plant. This operates under a risk management programme to enable the export of foods of assured safety and quality.
- Specialist equipment for both thermal and non-thermal processing.
- Laboratories equipped to analyse microbial, chemical and foreign matter contaminants, including a PC2 laboratory enabling you to work with foodborne pathogens.
- Instruments to measure food composition.
Massey guarantees you research expertise in meat, fish and dairy technology, fruit and vegetable postharvest storage and processing, food formulation, additives and ingredients.
Careers and further study
Graduates of Massey’s Master of Food Safety and Quality have many opportunities to capitalise on the demands of the global food industry. There is steady growth internationally for experts in the management of food safety and quality in government departments, the food industry, and in consultancy and regulatory organisations. These careers span auditing, crisis management, training and establishing risk management systems.
Rapid progression to management
With a Master of Food Safety and Quality, you will play a key role in managing food safety and quality in any food manufacturing company, food auditing company or regulatory authority. The programme gives you the potential to lead to senior management roles or establishing your own business as a consultant.
A path to more in-depth research
The food industry is dynamic and with that comes the need for research in innovative and effective methods in food assurance.
The Massey Master of Food Safety and Quality positions you to deal with new challenges and develop smart solutions for tomorrow’s problems.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publication, The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:
- young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
- five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree
- earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.
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.
To enter the Master of Food Safety and Quality you will have been awarded or qualified for:
- a bachelor with honours degree in food engineering, food science or food technology, or equivalent, or
- a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, technology, or equivalent and completed at least 36 months relevant professional experience in the food or biological products industry.
You will also provide a curriculum vitae with your application indicating relevant professional experience in the food or biological products industry.
You will need to provide:
- a curriculum vitae with your application indicating relevant professional experience in the food or biological products industry
- verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
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
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.
Courses and planning
120 credits from
Research methods course
Part A courses as specified by the Schedule
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
Also attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
Courses for this programme
Part One (120 credits)
|141708||Food Packaging, Preservation and Storage||15|
|141709||Emerging Technologies for the Food Industry||15|
|141724||Food Quality Safety and Innovation||15|
|Between 15 and 60 credits|
|151716||Advanced Nutrition and Disease||15|
|231730||Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1||15|
|231731||Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2||15|
|231733||Big Public Health Issues||15|
|285742||Topics in Advanced Plant Protection||30|
|287741||Quality System Development and Management||15|
|228797||Research Methods in Engineering and Technology||15|
|No more than 45 credits from|
|141712||Strategic Food Product Development||15|
|214772||Advanced Topics in Food Quality||30|
|141803||Research Report: Food||60|
Planning your programme
The Master of Food Safety and Quality is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
You also need to maintain a B grade average over the Part One courses to move to Part Two.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete 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
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
- Look for information under ‘Student Progression’ in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- 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.
A good fit if you:
- already work in an area relevant to food safety and want to further your career
- are looking for professional development
- have a passion for improving food safety and quality.
Meet our lecturers
Professor Steve Flint leads a team of research students investigating topical issues relating to food safety and quality. He has a distinguished career spanning 20 years working for the dairy industry and has an insider’s knowledge of the real issues facing food manufacturers. Their expertise is comprehensive, drawing on several scientific and technological disciplines.Professor Steve Flint
Professor of Food Safety and Microbiology & Team Leader Food Bioscience
Accreditations and rankings
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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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|
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
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.