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Diploma in Dairy Technology

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Part-time study only
  • Not available for international students

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey University’s Diploma in Dairy Technology is for those working in the dairy industry.

It provides essential skills for new employees to the dairy industry as well as providing upskilling and opportunities for diversification for established employees within the sector.

The Diploma could also be a good way to get dairy-industry-specific knowledge if you have a non-specialised degree or have previously worked in a different industry.

What will you learn?

When you graduate from this programme, you will be able to apply enhanced technical skills and competencies across an extended range of dairy processing and manufacturing systems.

The qualification encompasses all key elements aligned to the production of dairy ingredients and foods, and will provide graduates with knowledge across specific manufacturing systems, as well as generic understanding of principles for food safety and quality assurance.

You will study elements of dairy microbiology and food safety, engineering, processing and chemistry. Ingredient and product technology as well as manufacturing principles are also part of the curriculum.

Leading agriculture study in New Zealand

The production and manufacture of dairy ingredients and foods has been a cornerstone for the New Zealand economy for many years. Massey University has an established reputation for excellence in delivery of qualifications supporting the food sector and dairy, with over 50 years of academic contribution to teaching and learning in the dairy sector. We also offer a unique Diploma in Meat Technology.

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings and ShanghaiRankings.

Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture and horticulture. Our expertise in agricultural and environmental systems is supported by the Centre for Farm Business Excellence.

Massey University also has a focus on food - we were the first university to offer a food technology degree and today are the host of FoodHQ, the Palmerston North based centre for collaborative food research.

Flexible and practical

The Diploma in Dairy Technology is offered via distance learning with short contact workshops, which are on-campus sessions at the Massey University Manawatū campus. Lectures are delivered both at the contact workshops and are recorded so that they can be watched at a time that suits you.

A good fit if you:

  • Are new to the dairy industry and would like to learn more
  • Have been working in the dairy industry for some time and want to further your career
  • Want to be at the forefront of industry improvements
  • Your employer wishes you to undertake this training

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