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The School of Food & Advanced Technology is committed to supporting New Zealand’s export-driven growth based on high value products, processes and technologies related to our bioeconomy.

Our educational programmes build capability in food, nutrition and engineering and our internationally recognised researchers apply their skills throughout the supply chain and beyond. Our expertise covers a very broad range of food-related and engineering disciplines.


Engineering students working on projects

Our graduates have theoretical and practical knowledge and are in high demand internationally. Our programmes help students understand future challenges and the complexity our globe will encounter, such as population growth and a global economy. We help them develop a skill base that can future-proof their careers. Our programmes are problem-based, industry-connected and research-led.


Our researchers work collaboratively, blending disciplines to solve problems that have global impact. From microelectronics to detect animal pain to using artificial intelligence in smart homes for our aging population, bioactive food systems to food materials science, we are future-focused, committed to helping society, communities and industry.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Food and Advanced Technology's areas of specialisation.


Auckland campus

Massey’s campus in Auckland is located in Albany on the North Shore. The food aspects of the School are based on the Otehe Rohe campus, while technology and engineering are based at the Albany Village Precinct, off Kell Drive and State Highway 17.

Outside of a building on Massey University''s Albany campus

Manawatū campus

The School of Food and Advanced Technology is located in the Riddet Complex, adjacent to the Food Pilot Plant in the centre of Massey’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.

Sign for School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

Staff and careers

Julian Heyes

Head of School


A professor of postharvest technology, Professor Heyes' research background is in cell physiology, with more recent research focusing on connecting science to growth of the horticulture sector based on novel, high-value niche products.

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Massey careers

College of Sciences

The School of Food and Advanced Technology is one of six interconnected schools within the College of Sciences.

College of Sciences



    Business development - Food Innovation

    If you are an individual or business looking for advice, consultancy or to commission research in any area of food science, food technology or the business of food, please contact Food Innovation. The team have extensive food industry experience and can help with everything from brainstorming concepts to small production trials. We can connect you with the relevant Massey University expertise, services and facilities and/or project manage your project.

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    Nutrition Laboratory

    Specialists at Massey University's Nutrition Laboratory provide consultancy for your food business, including nutritional testing of food products including for shelf life, food safety and product formulation.

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      Food Characterisation Laboratory

      Equipment in this laboratory includes Paar Physica MCR 301 and 302 control-stress rheometers, texture analyser, Instron universal testing machine, spectrophotometers, rapid-visco analyser and Minolta colourimeter.

      Food Characterisation Laboratory


      Facilities within FoodPILOT include equipment for both animal and human food production. Capability includes extrusion, ice-cream-making, sausage stuffing,vacuum packing, bowl chopping, spray drying, evaporation, freeze drying, canning and pasteurising. FoodPILOT hosts the largest collection of pilot-scale food processing equipment in the southern hemisphere.



      The Massey Microbrewery is a fully functioning brewing facility on the Manawatū campus.

      The facility incorporates CIP cleaning systems, plate and tube heat exchangers, pumping systems along with a sophisticated computer-based process control and a data acquisition system. It has a 200L brew capacity, 10 200L combined fermentation and conditioning tanks. The brewery is also used for teaching food microbiology.


      Student opportunities and exchange

        China food technology exchange programme

        Massey University’s exchange programme with Zhejiang University in China allows food science and technology students to study in New Zealand for one semester.

        You will undertake the exchange during Semester 2, which begins in July, and will study part of the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours programme, under the Food Product Technology major.

        China food technology exchange programme

        Projects with industry

        As part of your study at Massey University you may be able to work on an industry project, with one of our business partners. Subjects like food technology, engineering, construction and computer science all have 'capstone' (final year) projects with industry where you will work on a real-world project.


        Study food technology in Singapore

        In partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Massey University offers the Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours majoring in Food Product Technology at SIT's Dover Campus.

        Students with approved diplomas from a polytechnic in Singapore can apply for exemptions and entry to Year 2. All other students, including A level students can apply for entry to Year 1.

        The BFoodTech(Hons) degree is jointly awarded by both universities and is equivalent to Massey’s New Zealand degree programme.

        Study food technology in Singapore

        PhD projects currently available

        Current PhD projects available in the School of Food and Advanced Technology:

        Schools - workshops and resources

        Woman using augmented reality glasses

        The School has a number of school resources available and can host workshops with groups of Year 12 and 13 students and their teachers.

        School workshops and resources

        Student clubs

        There are two campus-based student associations for technology and engineering students at Massey University called Techensoc. They are run by the students for the students.

        Techensoc facebook page

        Two students working on a project

        Meet our graduates