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Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Four years full-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

A unique degree in Australasia

Massey University’s Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours is the only degree in Australasia that combines food science, food engineering and food business. 75% of our graduates have jobs within six months of graduating.

What is it like?

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

Food is an important part of our everyday life. The focus on health and wellbeing through food consumption is increasing. The world’s economies are looking for new ways to add value to raw produce and to provide safe and nutritious food to feed the worlds growing population.

All this adds up to excellent career opportunities, excellent salaries and an increasing demand for people with the skills you will gain by studying food technology.

A unique qualification

Massey University’s Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours has been producing graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years.

It is the only degree in Australasia that combines food science, food engineering and food business. That gives you more than a food science degree - you’ll gain technology, engineering and business skills to apply your knowledge in the commercial world.

An internationally recognised food technology programme

Your degree will be recognised internationally.

  • Both majors of the BFoodTech(Hons) programme are approved by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
  • The Food Process Engineering major is accredited by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Washington Accord, an international agreement (equivalent to a four year engineering degree). 
  • The Food Product Technology major is also accredited by Engineering NZ as a professional engineering degree under the Sydney Accord, an international agreement (equivalent to a three-year engineering degree).
  • Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

In demand by employers

Many of Massey’s food technology graduates have jobs before they finish their qualification. Because of our international recognition you can work all around the world as well as in New Zealand.

Move straight into work

As a four-year programme, you will be able to move directly into key roles in the food industry (such as product development, process improvement or food engineering) without further training. A four-year programme is also great preparation for a research career if that interests you too.

Work on real food industry issues

Massey’s food technology programme teaches you the fundamental and applied food technology skills that you will need in your career. You learn not only in the classroom, but practical laboratory and workshop sessions that focus on real industry problems and solutions. You’ll get hands-on experience in industrial-standard food processing plants. Your lecturers are active researchers, with many having worked in the New Zealand and international food industries.

For instance in your first year you will work on a problem set in the future and come up with creative solutions to that problem. You are required to present your work in this course on a website that you create, which is viewed by potential clients. Some fantastic websites have been developed out of this project. This gives you valuable skills in communicating your work.

More work experience during your study

The Massey food technology degree is very applied. In the final year of your study you will work with industry in industry-sponsored projects, working closely with that industry. You will help to solve real-world problems and help the businesses you are working with.

At Massey you are also required to complete 800 hours of approved summer vacation employment (over two summer breaks) in the food industry. This is more than other food qualifications in New Zealand and means that you come out with a broader understanding of the food industry, some great experiences for your CV and you will be ready to start work from the day you graduate.


The study of food technology is science and engineering-based. It combines fundamental sciences, mathematics, chemistry and physics and the more applied sciences and engineering with business and management.

More than 50% of this programme is fully focused on food.

There are two majors in the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours degree:

  • Food Product Technology - you will learn how to lead and manage food product development from idea generation to product launch
  • Food Process Engineering - In this major you will focus on engineering principles, learning how to design processes and use technology to create effective food production systems

Although you do need to choose one of these majors at enrolment, you can change your mind as you learn more about the food industry during your study. You have until half-way through your third year to make your final specialisation choice.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.


There are a number of scholarships you can apply for to help fund your study in this programme, including the Sir James Scholarship for Food Technology, Hubbards Foods Ltd Food Technology Scholarships, Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering, Fonterra Research and Development Centre Scholarship, Beef and Lamb and Dairy NZ scholarships.

Find out more about food technology scholarships through our scholarship search. Simply enter in ‘food technology’ to get the latest list of options.

A good fit if you:

  • Are creative
  • Want an exciting career in New Zealand’s main food and beverage industry
  • Enjoy sciences and are interested in engineering
  • Want to know about the technology used to make food, the engineering behind it.
  • Are an entrepreneur and interested in starting your own business
Hannah Wood
Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours
Little Lato - Founder and Chief Gelato Maker

“I am most proud of being able to develop something and see it in market, as well as building my own brand and being able to grow it…”

I have helped develop a whole range of different food products for different companies. Some have launched in supermarkets over here and some overseas. But now I have built a brand of my own.

Little Lato is a gelato company where I have developed a whole range of different gelato products. All bespoke Gelato, developed from scratch, all developed from hand, with a real focus on sustainability. So, half the range is plant-based, and all packaging is biodegradable. I've got two outlets at the moment - Crave Café in Morningside and the Auckland Fish Markets in Wynyard Quarter.

I was inspired to do food technology when someone from Massey came and spoke at my school and told me about the degree. That's when I put two and two together and realised that you can have a career where you get to develop new foods. So that got me excited and then a scholarship made that decision to study at Massey really straightforward.

I think that food technology is a great degree that people don't know that much about and I really want to inspire more people to do it.


There is a wide range of employment opportunities when you graduate with your Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours in New Zealand and around the world.

Rapid progression to management

Career progression in the food industry can be rapid. You may start out in your career with a technical role - often the stepping stones to senior management and leadership positions in the industry, or you could set up your own business.

Sought-after by employers

With your Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours from Massey University, you will be sought after by the food industry.

Massey graduates are renowned for their ability to co-ordinate product development, process development, quality management and production management. They are also known for their ability to become specialists in specific technical areas such as food microbiology, food chemistry and packaging technology.

The wide variety of roles in the food technology industry include:

  • Food technologist - researching new foods and drinks and developing new products, packaging or processes.
  • Product development technologist - specifically working on developing a new product from concept to product.
  • Process technologist - improving and fixing food product processes
  • Process engineer - developing new technology that makes food production processes better
  • Flavour technologist - developing flavour and texture innovations.
  • Packaging technologist - developing more efficient or sustainable food packaging

Others include quality manager, food safety manager, production team leader, technical sales and support, winemaker or brewer, food microbiologist or food chemist. Or you could further your studies with a postgraduate research project, or become a teacher.

Industry endorsements

Megan Sinclair

New Product Development Manager
Whittakers, Wellington, New Zealand

“The Massey BFoodtech grad we have employed is working out very well.

I am very appreciative of her level of understanding around processing/ engineering and manufacturing. We have just launched a new and improved caramel that is selling really well and her dedication to understanding all the different processing parameters / outcomes and troubleshooting has been excellent. Her ability to confront problems with an analytical approach is a reflection on the high level of teaching Massey University provides to its students.”

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