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Unique in New Zealand
Massey University’s Diploma in Meat Technology is the only qualification of its kind in New Zealand and one of only two in Australasia.
Massey University’s Diploma in Meat Technology is for those working in the meat industry. You could be a process supervisor, foreperson or skilled process worker, or aspire to be a plant manager, production manager, meat marketer, or compliance manager.
If the meat industry is to remain competitive, a scientifically and technologically trained workforce is vital. This qualification gives you the skills needed to lead the industry.
The programme will increase your technological and scientific knowledge. You will learn how to make informed decisions to improve process efficiency and product quality. Ultimately this enhances or maintains company competitiveness.
Massey University offers the only Diploma in Meat Technology in New Zealand at NZQA level 5. It is one of only two such programmes in Australasia. We have been teaching meat technology since 1968.
The DipMeatTech 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.
The diploma includes field trips and practical work in laboratories.
Our courses include an introduction to automation, new technology and current research projects in the international meat industry. Learn about pertinent new topics like machine sensing and image processing. These include the use of robots in the meat industry, research to improve meat tenderness, factory farming and faecal detection.
More than 40 per cent of the managers of New Zealand’s export meat processing plants are Diploma of Meat Technology graduates.
More managers are retiring than there are students graduating, so the skills you gain from this qualification will be in-demand from the industry.
Potential roles include plant managers, production managers, meat marketers, compliance managers and process supervisors.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Diploma in Meat Technology you will:
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
If you meet the following criteria you may apply to be credited the Part One requirements if you have:
If you meet the above criteria you should apply for credit as early as possible, once you have been accepted into the programme. You will be informed in writing of any credit awarded. Please note there are no credit fees associated with applying for Credit towards the Diploma in Meat Technology.
For more information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
From the Schedule to the Diploma
Ensure that you have 300 hours of practical work experience and complete reports 142018 and 142019.
Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|280016||Elementary Meat Science||30|
|280017||Elementary Meat Mathematics||15|
|280101||Animal Production Through to Carcass Classification||15|
|280102||Preparation and Preservation of Fresh Meat||15|
|280105||Quality Assurance for the Meat Industry||15|
|At least 45 credits from|
|280103||Meat Plant Services and Utilities||15|
|280104||Co-products Derived from Meat Animals||15|
|280106||Added-Value Processing of Meat and Meat Products||15|
|280107||Automation & New Technology in the Meat Industry||15|
The Diploma in Meat Technology is a parts-based programme. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
The Part One courses are self-learning modules - if you have left secondary school without specified levels of achievement in maths, chemistry, physics and biology, then you are required to complete these courses. These courses are fully taught online and there is no on-campus component.
Each course in Part Two of the Diploma in Meat Technology is offered once every two years, so you can complete the Diploma within two years of starting Part Two studies.
You must complete three compulsory courses and three of the four optional courses to complete Part Two requirements.
If you have completed a total of at least two years of meat industry experience you may apply to credit the practicum requirements.
If you are not eligible for this you must complete practical reports and two periods of practical work totalling not less than 300 hours.
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.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
I already had an overview of the business but my study has meant I’ve gained a much deeper understanding of what we are doing and why we are doing it.” Dean Tangiora
Associate Professor Brian Wilkinson has been at Massey since 1978. He has expertise in new food product development, and science and technology used to add value to meat products.Associate Professor Brian Wilkinson
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
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|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
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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 be 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.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.