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Diploma in Dairy Technology


Massey's Diploma in Dairy Technology is an essential qualification for new employees in the dairy industry, and also provides opportunities for upskilling and diversification for established employees within the sector.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 6
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 120
  • Duration

  • Equivalent to 1 year full-time. Available part-time only.

Note: This programme may have an on-campus or in-person requirement and therefore requires that students submit a current My Vaccine Pass on enrolment.

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

What will you learn?

When you graduate, 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 in the production of dairy ingredients and foods. It provides you with knowledge across specific manufacturing systems. You will also gain a broad understanding of food safety and quality assurance principles.

You’ll study elements of dairy microbiology and food safety as well as 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 central to 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.

Flexible and practical

The Diploma in Dairy Technology is offered via distance learning. There are short contact workshops - 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.

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission


To enter the Diploma in Dairy Technology you will:

  • have attained at least 14 credits at NCEA Level 2 Mathematics, Science or Biology, plus one other subject, or equivalent; or;
  • produce evidence of informal learning equivalent to that specified above.

In all cases applicants must have been employed in the dairy industry for at least one year, and have ongoing employment in the dairy industry while studying.

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:

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 qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Part One compulsory courses – 60 credits
  • Part Two compulsory courses – 60 credits

Courses for this programme

Part One

60 credits
141140 Dairy Chemistry 15
141141 Dairy Engineering 15
141144 Dairy Processing 15
141242 Dairy Microbiology and Food Safety 15

Part Two

60 credits
141243 Dairy Ingredient Technology 15
141245 Dairy Product Technology 15
141246 Cheese and Whey Technology and Manufacturing 15
141247 Dairy Manufacturing Principles 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Diploma in Dairy Technology is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

This diploma comprises eight 15 credit courses spread over two calendar years.

Taught courses are based on an overall workload of 150 hours, and comprise 50% delivered content and 50% self-directed learning.

Your learning will comprise recorded and online lectures and tutorials (including selective delivery from dairy industry technical experts).

Year 1/Part One

You will undertake four 15 credit courses (three at NZQF level 5, one at NZQF level 6), spanning a semester of 26 weeks. As the qualification is delivered via distance mode, content is mainly provided in weekly recorded or online lectures. This is supplemented by directed self-learning. A two week ‘contact workshop’ component is timetabled midway through the semester. This will include laboratories, workshops and site visits and takes place on Massey’s Manawatū campus.

The assessment schedule for each course comprises online testing, a written report (either technical or laboratory) and end of semester exam.

Year 2/Part Two

You will be required to have successfully completed Year 1 courses for continuation on the Year 2 programme. Year 2 follows a similar calendar prescription to your first year. It comprises four courses of 15 credits at NZQF level 6. Three of these courses are taught, delivered and assessed as per Year 1 courses. The remaining course is a project course (15 credits, NZQF level 6). It is based at the industry location where you are currently employed. Supervision during the project is provided by both an academic and an industry based supervisor.

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?

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.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (free trades training)

The Diploma in Dairy Technology is covered under the Tertiary Education Commission’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). If you are eligible for funding, TTAF will cover your fees automatically. You do not need to apply to access the funding. Fees will be covered from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022.

A good fit if you:

  • are new to the dairy industry and would like to learn more
  • want to further your career in the dairy industry
  • want to be at the forefront of industry improvements.

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.

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

Workload and time management

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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

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

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