Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology)

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Develop the food of the future

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

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What is it like?

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 consumers 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 United States-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) approves the Massey’s Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours programme and its majors.
  • This Food Product Technology major is accredited by Engineering NZ as an engineering degree under the Sydney Accord, an international agreement.
  • Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in creating new and exciting food products
  • Enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Would like to learn how to bring new food products to the market
  • Are able to work methodically to solve product and processing problems
  • Are interested in being a leader in the food industry
Marianne Poh
Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology)
Graduated in 2013
Brand Manager - Mondelēz International

“The reality of a career in food technology has far exceeded my expectations…”

I work for one of the world’s largest food snack companies - Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods). Massey’s Food Technology degree certainly prepared me for the job. Mondelēz International owns brands like Cadbury, Oreo, Kraft Peanut Butter, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, The Natural Confectionery Company and Pascalls. I currently work in the team that develops products for Cadbury. Within this team, I work on different projects to deliver new flavours and formulations. Some of the products I have worked on include Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations and Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly.

The programme at Massey was difficult, challenging, fun and extremely supportive. The small classes mean you all help one another and also allows you to receive lots of one-on-one help from lecturers. The reality of a career in food technology has far exceeded my expectations and I was lucky enough to be offered three jobs before I had even finished my degree.


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

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