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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

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Entry requirements

Entry into the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance and the appropriate level of achievement at secondary school or via other preparatory programmes as listed below:

(Please note: If you do not achieve the required entry standard that will guarantee selection into the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours, your application will be assessed on an individual case by case basis.)

Entry Requirements From Secondary School

Preparatory Courses

BFoodTech (Hons)

NCEA Level 3

International Baccalaureate

University of Cambridge International Examinations

Massey University

Food Product Technology and Food Process Engineering Majors

Mathematics, normally including algebra, differentiation and integration (16 credits)
Physics (16 credits)
Chemistry (14 credits)

Diploma with 29 points including at a Higher level: Mathematics (5 Points) Physics (5 Points) Chemistry (5 Points)

A level in Mathematics (C Grade)
Physics (C Grade)
Chemistry (C Grade)

A pass in:

160.105 Methods of Mathematics
124.100 Introductory Physics
123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences 

Study plan advice

Guaranteed entry requires the following externally assessed Level 3 Achievement Standards:
Mathematics 91577 Apply the algebra of complex numbers in solving problems
91578 Apply differentiation methods in solving problems
91579 Apply integration methods in solving problems

91523 Demonstrate understanding of wave systems
91524 Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems
91526 Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems

91390 Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances
91391 Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds
91392 Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems

We recommend A Level candidates study Mathematics: Pure Mathematics 1 (P1) and Pure Mathematics 3 (P3)

Please note you must have achieved 16 Credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) before you enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics, 160.103 Introductory University Mathematics or 160.132 Concepts in Mathematics. To find out if you have what it takes, or what you need, to do the introductory courses we recommend that you attempt the relevant quiz here. Once you have completed the test/s, please contact the relevant course coordinator (or academicadvice@massey.ac.nz) to discuss your suitability for this course or an alternative pathway.

For more information, please refer to ‘alternative pathways’ below or contact us at academicadvice@massey.ac.nz.

I have University Entrance (UE) but need more preparation in one or more of the subjects to enter BFoodTech(Hons)

Certificate in Science and Technology

This one-semester pathway is for students who need extra preparation in mathematics (160.105 Methods of Mathematics), physics (124.100 Introductory Physics) or chemistry (123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences). These courses can be taken separately (depending on your background) or as part of the CertScTech qualification.

Please note you must have achieved 16 Credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) before you enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics, 160.105 Methods of Mathematics. To find out if you have what it takes, or what you need, to do the introductory courses we recommend that you attempt the relevant quiz here. Once you have completed the test/s, please contact the relevant course coordinator (or academicadvice@massey.ac.nz) to discuss your suitability for this course or an alternative pathway.

Diploma in Science and Technology

This is suitable for students who wish to study a wide range of courses and also keep their options open just in case they change their mind and wish to enter another programme. This two-semester pathway is for students that need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry.

You can also choose subjects from: biology, programming, statistics, food, accounting, marketing, finance, and management.

Summer Compact Courses (at Auckland Campus only)

For students that need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry. These courses are an intensive learning experience. Students are advised to only take two introductory subjects. Tuition in each course takes six weeks and attendance is required during January and early February. These courses can be taken as a Certificate of Proficiency and can be put towards another qualification in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Information Sciences and Bachelor of Business.

If you prefer to study at a slower pace, equivalent preparatory courses are available via Distance Learning mode: 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences, 124.100 Introductory Physics or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics.

If you are currently completing Year 13 you should apply for discretionary entrance if you intend to begin study over summer before your NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent) become available in January. See Massey University entry requirements for more information.

I have met the entry requirements but need more English language skills

Direct Entry English Pathway

This 16-week pathway is suitable for students wishing to increase their English language skills.

I need more English language skills and study to meet UE. I also need more preparation in the subjects to enter the BFoodTech(Hons)

Certificate of Foundation Studies

Suitable for students wishing to increase their English language skills and attain University Entrance. This may be a one or two-semester programme depending on your background in maths, physics and chemistry. This is then followed by taking the one-semester Certificate in Science and Technology to get you up to speed in maths and physics and/or chemistry.

I’m not sure whether my qualification allows me admittance

To check your eligibility contact us using the Contacts tab.
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

Previous study at tertiary level may be taken into account if you apply for credit. You should apply formally for credit as early as possible. You will be informed in writing of any credit awarded.

Students with alternative backgrounds will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information

Substituting Courses

If you show high levels of achievement in your university entrance qualification in physics, calculus, and/or chemistry, or scholarship-level passes in any of these subjects, you may be able to substitute some of your first year physics, mathematics or chemistry courses with Part One courses from outside the BFoodTech(Hons) programme.

Planning your programme

What are the majors?

There are two majors available in the Bachelor of Food Technology (Hons): Food Process Engineering or Food Product Technology. For both majors you will be enrolled in identical courses for the first 2.5 years of the course. You can change majors at any time up to the end of Semester 1 in your third year.

When can I join the programme?

February Intake

You may enrol to start your studies in February.

You will complete the first year (Part One) of your studies over two 14-week semesters (Semester 1 and Semester 2). You will enrol in four courses per semester (eight courses per year) and pass these courses to progress on to the next part. Students who successfully pass all courses in Part One will progress to Part Two which starts in the February of the following year.

You will be expected to spend on average 40 hours per week on study, which includes attendance at lectures, tutorials and laboratories, completing assessments and self-directed study. 

The standard time required to complete the BFoodTech(Hons) following a February start is four (4) years. You will be required to pass 480 credits of courses to graduate.

What does it cost?

The BFoodTech (Hons) is a four year Honours degree programme. Please note that fees will be charged according to the academic level. This means that Years 1, 2 and 3 will be charged at the undergraduate course rate and Year 4 which is an honours year, will be charged at the postgraduate course rate.


Note that the last 1.5 years of the food process engineering major are only available on the Manawatu campus.

Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours structure

The degree is organised into four parts, each of which has eight courses (120 credits). Each part corresponds to a year of full-time study.

For the first three years, each year comprises six courses (90 credits) covering core science and engineering, delivering the fundamental knowledge, including key principles a technologist is expected to have. The remaining 30 credits comprise project work in which you will put your knowledge into practice while working on real world problems and tasks, applying the fundamental knowledge gained in other courses. In the fourth year, there are two 30 credit projects with the remaining 60 credits obtained from four courses.

Part One provides underpinning knowledge required for subsequent years in physics, chemistry and mathematics. These courses also cover aspects of biochemistry, biology, statistics and introductory engineering. During the first year you will also take two project courses that address, and find solutions to, real world problems.

Part Two introduces process engineering and industrial microbiology. The two project courses concentrate on product development processes and the development of manufacturing systems. 

Part Three includes substantial studies in food chemistry, food ingredients, food characterisation, food formulation, food microbiology, food process engineering, food reaction kinetics, food process modelling, human nutrition, food legislation and experimental design. The two project courses involve integrating knowledge gained so far via projects on food microbiology and safety, and food characterisation. 

Part Four integrates all knowledge gained in the first three years. You will accumulate further knowledge on business and quality management, innovation and improvement, and food packaging. The Food Process Engineering major will include courses on process control and biochemical processing, while for the Food Product Technology major there are more courses of advanced food technology. In the final year over fifty per cent of the courses are project courses, with two projects spanning the full year. The projects will cover food product and process development, industrial problem solving and research. 

Practical work experience while you study

As part of your degree programme you will have to work for relevant employers for a total of 800 hours during three of your summer vacations. You must work for approved companies in the food manufacturing, distribution, retail or food service sectors, and you will be required to submit three reports on your experiences. 

You may complete your practical work at the end of your first, second and third years of study (or the final practical after your fourth year).

Students must enrol into the relevant 0 (zero) credit course for each practical work experience, before uploading a report.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual courses requirements, please use our Course search.

Majors or endorsements

Food Product Technology major

Developing great food products requires the food technologist to meet consumer expectations of taste, texture, nutritional requirements, safety and price, and to meet the manufacturer’s requirements for economical and sustainable processing. In this major you’ll learn about food product development, and food formulation and production, all the while getting hands-on experience in developing new and exciting foods at Massey. Graduates with this major will be able to undertake, lead and manage food product development projects from idea generation to product launch. 

Food Process Engineering major

As a food process engineer you will need to apply advanced technology and engineering to develop new processes for the food industry. In order to achieve these new developments you will first learn about how to process food products and how to design new processes to operate on an industrial scale. Graduates will be able to lead and manage the development and installation of new processes and factories.

This major can be started at the Auckland or Manawatu campuses but the final one and a half years of the programme must be completed at Manawatu. You will need to decide before semester two, Year 3 begins if you are changing majors or moving to Manawatu campus.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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