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Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Develop the food of the future

Learn how to develop the great-tasting food products of the future, incorporating exciting new nutritional health benefits.

The world looks to New Zealand as a trustworthy provider of safe, healthy food. As a food technologist you will learn how to contribute to economic growth through improvements in productivity and Research and Development (R&D). You will play a key role in the development of new products and processes for the food industry.

Developing and improving food products, nutrition, health and safety are a priority for food technologists. You will learn how to produce products that consumer’s desire. That might be products with new beneficial characteristics, or that taste amazing, or that have longer shelf life but contain fewer additives, or all three!

Global opportunities

By studying the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology) at Massey you will learn how to contribute towards the global trend and desire for healthier food. Some examples that have been worked on by Massey students include: a sports drink to improve performance, a high-protein cereal, an extruded snack high in protein but low in fat, or a low-calorie dessert or chocolate product.

International recognition

The BFoodTechHons (Food Product Technology) is accredited by Engineering NZ under the Sydney Accord (an international agreement).

Both majors of the BFoodTech (Hons) are approved by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300) by ShanghaiRanking.


Career options after completing the Food Product Technology major include:

  • Product development technologist
  • Process improvement technologist
  • Packaging technologist
  • Specification Technologist - R&D
  • Quality and Procurement Technologist
  • Applications Technologist
  • R&D Technologist
  • Development Technologist
  • Raw Materials Specifications Technologist
  • Systems Food Technologist
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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