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Master of Food Technology

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Enhance your career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world

With a Master of Food Technology, you can become a research and development champion in in the food industry.

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.

In demand by employers

All this adds up to excellent salaries and an increasing demand for people with the research and technical skills you will learn during this qualification.

Internationally recognised and unique

The Massey Master of Food Technology is held in high regard around the world and has been producing graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years. You’ll gain the research and technical skills to apply your knowledge in the commercial world. Your lecturers are actively researching, with many having worked in the New Zealand and international food industries.

Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Work on real food industry issues

Massey’s Master of Food Technology provides teaching of practical skills needed to undertake independent research in the food industry. You will then undertake your own large independent research project that focuses on real food industry problems and solutions.

World-leading facilities

At Massey you’ll have access to real equipment to do research that’s applied and practical to the food industry including:

  • A fully equipped pilot plant to enable you to research processes for the manufacture of food products such as extrusion, spray drying, freezing, thermal processing, brewing and fermentation technology and high pressure processing
  • Labs equipped to analyse and characterise food texture, rheology, physical properties, chemical composition and microbial flora
  • A sensory facility to gather consumer data for the sensory properties of food
  • A post-harvest lab to study the packaging, storage and preservation of fruits and vegetables

Massey has research expertise in meat and fish technology, dairy technology, fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates and food additives and ingredients.

Our facilities will help you to develop new and innovative ideas, develop prototypes, work with consumers to test those and commercial scale production.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Food Technology will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study that will prepare you for a PhD or a senior technical role in the food industry

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have completed a bachelor or honours degree in food, technology, food engineering or food science
  • Are interested in developing a career in research and academia
  • Are interested in progressing to a PhD in food technology, or
  • Are interested in progressing to a senior technical role in the food industry
Natalie d’Avila
Master of Food Technology
Graduated in 2013
Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Nestle, Switzerland

“What I learnt through the Master of Food Technology at Massey has been directly relevant to my role at Nestle…”

I chose to study at Massey University because it is a well-known university with a well-equipped pilot plant and laboratories. The food technology programme is a great, hands-on, practical experience. The masters seemed like a great way to expand my knowledge in food technology and food processing, gain more experience in research and new analytical methods. 

I was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, which allowed me to study full-time and really focus on my research project. My thesis was in my field of interest (functional foods), where I studied the antioxidant compounds of grape seed extract and tea, as well as evaluating the shelf life of commercial functional beverages.

One of the most rewarding parts of my study was working as a research assistant. I worked on different research projects and learnt different analytical methodologies. I also got to teach other students and worked as a lab demonstrator, so I could pass on some of my learnings!

My favourite part of the programme was seeing my research project successfully completed. Another was meeting some great people who helped me achieve my goals and complete my project! I also enjoyed the multicultural environment - I met people from many different countries and cultures.

I am now working in regulatory and scientific affairs for Nestle in Switzerland - it’s a really challenging and diverse role. I am responsible for following developments in the food regulatory environment so I can provide regulatory intelligence to my company. It is also about providing strategic direction and solutions to the global project teams. I interact with research and development, marketing and many other functions. As part of the global team, I also provide support to other regulatory teams based in different countries. It has been a rewarding experience!


Graduates of Massey’s Master of Food Technology are highly sought-after by employers. They are known for their ability to co-ordinate product development, process development, quality management and production management.

Rapid progression to management

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

A path to more in depth research

The Massey Master of Food Technology will advance your research skills and give you the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the food industry. It is also a stepping-stone to more in-depth research at a PhD level.

Earn more

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)
  • 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.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s food technology staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with recognised specialists, for example:

Dr Michael Parker

Dr Parker’s research interests include developing processes to create added value food products. Particular focus has been on utilising secondary processing streams from food production with numerous projects in meat processing and fruit and vegetable processing.

He has also collaborated with work in the development and processing of pet foods and has previous industrial experience in the pet food industry.

A food technology lecturer in food and nutrition, his teaching interests include food process engineering, packaging technology and product development.

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