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Diploma in Dairy Technology

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Part-time study only
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Diploma in Dairy Technology requires applicants to have met the University admission requirements as specified, and:

  • have attained at least 14 credits at NCEA Level 2 Mathematics, Science or Biology, plus one other subject, or equivalent; or;
  • produce evidence of informal learning equivalent to that specified above.

In all cases applicants must have been employed in the dairy industry for at least one year, and have ongoing employment in the dairy industry while studying.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

This 120 credit undergraduate diploma is delivered via distance mode, and comprises eight 15 credit courses spread over two calendar years. Taught courses are based on an overall workload of 150 hours, and comprise 50% delivered content and 50% self-directed learning. Delivered content comprises recorded and online lectures and tutorials (including selective delivery from dairy industry technical experts), as well as laboratories, workshops and site visits, which are accommodated as part of a two week contact workshop component delivered out of the School of Food and Advanced Technology at the Manawatu campus. The second year project (15 credits, NZQF level 6), is based at the industry location currently employing the enrolled student. Supervision of the student during the project is provided by both an academic and an industry based supervisor.


Year 1: Students undertake four 15 credit courses (three at NZQF level 5, one at NZQF level 6), spanning a semester of 26 weeks. As the qualification is delivered via distance mode, content is mainly provided in weekly recorded or online lectures supplemented by directed self-learning. A two week contact workshop component is timetabled midway through the semester, which covers laboratory sessions, workshops and site visits. The assessment schedule for each course comprises online testing, a written report (either technical or laboratory) and end of semester exam.

Year 2: follows a similar path to year one, with students requiring successful completion of year one courses for continuation on the year two programme. Year two follows a similar calendar prescription, and comprises four courses of 15 credits at NZQF level 6. Three of these courses are taught, delivered and assessed as per year 1 courses. The remaining course is a project course, which is undertaken at the location of employment of enrolled students.


Diploma in Dairy Technology structure

The Diploma in Dairy Technology is a parts-based programme of 120 credits comprising:

  • Parts One and Two as defined by the Schedule for the Diploma;
  • at least 75 credits at 200-level or above;
  • courses as specified in the Schedule for the Diploma.

Students are exempt from the Massey University requirement to pass 45 credits at 100-level in order to enrol in the 200-level course in Part One.

For progression from Part One to Part Two, students must successfully complete all courses in Part One.

Students must pass all eight courses to be awarded the diploma.

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


Part One

60 credits

141.140 Dairy Chemistry
141.141 Dairy Engineering
141.144 Dairy Processing
141.242 Dairy Microbiology and Food Safety 

Part Two

60 credits

141.243 Dairy Ingredient Technology
141.245 Dairy Product Technology
141.246 Cheese and Whey Technology and Manufacturing
141.247 Dairy Manufacturing Principles

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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