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Study sciences , Ākona ngā pūtaiao

Fuel your passion for the sciences and build a great career. Our study opportunities range from agriculture to genetics, smart IT systems to wildlife conservation.

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Striving to be Tiriti-led

We work to uphold the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi – and to empower all New Zealanders, especially Māori.

Learn by doing

Get hands-on experience in labs, field trips, and practical projects that focus on solving real-world problems.

We are connected

At Massey we look beyond New Zealand and think big – we're curious about what's going on and we aim to shape the future.

Get ahead at work

Expand your existing expertise at work or advance your career with Massey. Or change direction with a new qualification.


Enjoy subjects such as maths and technology, biology, chemistry or physics? Turn that interest into a rewarding career, with high demand for people who understand the sciences and technology.

Our qualifications, degrees and courses give you the in-depth knowledge and skills-based learning employers want. We’re flexible with what we offer. Specialise in one area, or pick and choose to see where studying at uni might take you.

Learn from world-class lecturers with expertise in areas such as:

Join us. Massey's College of Sciences prepares you for success in your chosen field, including helping to solve scientific challenges facing our world.

What you could study

Here's a small sample of the qualifications and courses you could study as a sciences student at Massey.

Undergraduate qualifications

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study when you start at university.

Postgraduate qualifications

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

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What our students say

“My lecturers were always helpful, and I have found that a lot of what I learnt in my classes I use in my job every day.”
Ariana Blackwood

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

“I really enjoyed the software papers I took and principles that I learnt I apply in my current job. The top IT graduate jobs are highly competitive and I am glad that I studied with Massey University, I felt it prepared me well for the workplace.”
Reece Hewitt

Bachelor of Information Science (Information Technology)

“It was very satisfying to publish my research and see it become available to the scientific community.”
Sarah Dwyer

Doctor of Philosophy

Our facilities

You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study sciences with us. Here's a snapshot of what's on offer.

Large Animal Teaching Unit (LATU)

This is a dedicated facility to help train Massey veterinary students in aspects of large animal handling and examination across a range of species.

The facility includes a small working farm with horses, cattle, sheep and camelids. A range of veterinary procedures are taught as students progress through their course.

Location:  Manawatū campus

Massey Farms

Students and researchers can access 2,000 hectares at our six working farms, including:

  • dairy farms
  • sheep and beef farms
  • deer breeding unit
  • mixed enterprise and cropping unit.

Location: Manawatū campus

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital's state-of-the-art equipment includes canine hydrotherapy, MRI scanners, tomography, dynamic and video endoscopy, ultrasound and radiology equipment and arthroscopy as well as surgical expertise on many animal types.

Massey horticultural units

Purpose-built facilities for teaching and research in plant science and production include:

  • 7 hectare orchard
  • 25 glasshouses
  • six temperature-controlled rooms
  • growth cabinets.

Plantings include apples, pears, green and gold kiwifruit, and vegetable trials of traditional Māori crops.

Location: Manawatū campus, Palmerston North

Contact: Mark Osborne



Massey's microbrewery is used for teaching, research and commercial partnerships. The facility includes:

  • 200L brew capacity
  • ten 200L combined fermentation and conditioning tanks
  • clean-in-place (CIP) system
  • computer-based process control and data acquisition system
  • plate and tube heat exchangers.

Marine Pathology Laboratory

Our specialised post-mortem facility assesses the life history, diet and causes of death in:

  • dolphins
  • small whales and sharks — up to 3m long
  • seals and stingrays
  • penguins and other seabirds.

Includes a walk-in -20°C freezer, +4°C chiller and vented specimen/chemical storage bunker.

Location: Auckland campus


Learn to create and test food and nutrition products, using industrial-standard processing equipment such as:

  • extruders
  • high-pressure processors
  • pasteurising equipment
  • sterilisation equipment.

Businesses from boutique makers to exporters use FoodPILOT to turn ideas into reality.

Location: Manawatū campus

What our students say

“Physics always struck me as the most interesting of the sciences and the majority of scientists who I really look up to are all physicists. Studying at Massey was worthwhile as there was a lot of learning about things that are used in the real world.”
Motoko Kakubayashi

Press Officer - Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo

Master of Science (Physics)

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey and feel it provided the necessary basis to enter the workforce in my chosen field.”
Shanna Hickling

Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) (Genetics)

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