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Overview

Turn your passion into your profession with nutrition at Massey

Massey’s Master of Science (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Massey’s Master of Science (Human Nutrition) will give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest issues in the field of human nutrition.

Develop your research skills

You’ll develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level. You’ll investigate the links between diet and health, and the factors affecting them.

You choose how and where

Your research project can be completed in the nutrition research facilities on our campuses, in the community or in your workplace. Research projects may be part of existing research within the university, or designed specifically for your needs and interests. Your Master of Science (HumNutr) can have a particular focus, such as public health nutrition, sports nutrition or nutritional physiology.

Flexible study options to suit you

Study hours are flexible to fit in with your busy life, with courses offered in block mode. You can study full-time or part-time, combining study with your work and other commitments.

Teaching is a mixture of self-directed learning (supported by the Stream virtual classroom environment) and block courses (usually two eight-hour block courses for core courses and two four-hour, half-day block courses for elective courses). The block courses are video-linked and you can attend in Palmerston North or Auckland, regardless of where the course is hosted.

Careers and further study

Careers

With internationally marketable skills, you’ll be able to select from a wide range of career opportunities as a human nutrition postgraduate, including:

  • health promotion/public health (such as district health boards, Ministry of Health, New Zealand Heart Foundation)
  • sport and exercise nutrition (such as elite and recreational sports teams and the fitness industry)
  • research in universities and Crown Research Institutes (like AgResearch, Plant & Food Research)
  • teaching in secondary and tertiary educational institutions
  • consultancy in industry (for example, for food companies and industry), corporate health and wellness and in private practice
  • government adviser on policy, education or nutrition
  • media (writing publications, television, marketing)
  • international relief work
  • medical nutritional companies (nutrition advisor, nutritional representative).

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.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission

Required

Master of Science 180 or 240 credits

To enter the Master of Science (Human Nutrition) 180 or 240-credit programmes you will have been awarded or qualified for a:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in human nutrition, or close equivalent, with a minimum B average in the majoring 300 level courses, or
  • the Bachelor of Science with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology in human nutrition, having achieved a B grade average over the contributing courses.

Master of Science 120 credits (thesis only)

To enter the Master of Science (Human Nutrition) 120-credit programme you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with an endorsement in human nutrition (minimum B average), or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Science with an endorsement in human nutrition (minimum B average).

Documents you will need to supply to support your application

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less). Required if you intend on a pathway which includes at least 90 credits of research.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Other requirements

 

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 programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

Part One (At least 60 credits from)

Compulsory courses (60 credits)

60 credits
151708 Nutritional Research Methods 15
151709 Biometrics for the Animal and Nutritional Sciences 15
151718 Advanced Topics in Macronutrient Nutrition 15
151719 Advanced Topics in Micronutrient Nutrition 15

Subject courses

151704 Human Nutrition 15
151707 Food Technology/Nutrition Interface 15
151712 Special Topic 15
151713 Special Topic 30
151715 Advanced Sports Nutrition 15
151716 Advanced Nutrition and Disease 15
151717 Selected Topics in Public Health Nutrition 15

Part Two (At least 90 credits from)

At least 90 credits from
151871 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45
151872 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45
151875 Thesis 90
151897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60
151898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60
151899 Thesis 120

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

The Master of Science (Human Nutrition) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification. You must pass Part One before you can progress to Part Two.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Science, a B grade average is needed for the Part One courses.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

For postgraduate qualifications where they are completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.

Look for information on ‘Student Progression’ in the:

More information

  • Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

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?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • want to investigate relationships between food, nutrients, health and disease
  • wish to develop the critical skills to recognise nutrition fact from fiction
  • want to apply nutrition principles to build a better world through related areas like public health or sport.

Key information for students

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Regulations

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.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate 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

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

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 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.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

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

Find and apply for scholarships