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Diploma for graduates

Who is it for?

Those who have achieved an undergraduate degree in a different field wishing to pursue a career in Food Science. Any graduate may undertake a DipGrad, irrespective of their previous major subject (specifically, you don't have to have a BSc already).

Honours programmes

Who is it for?

Students who have completed a BSc in Food Science and who wish to further their knowledge through advanced topics and gain research skills through a supervised research project.

Postgraduate diplomas

Who is it for?

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Food Science or an allied discipline (e.g. Food Engineering, Food Technology), or in Consumer Food Science, may add an additional year of advanced study to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. The PGDip also provides a pathway for entrance to a research master's degree.

Research master's - MSc

Who is it for?

While the Master of Science programme is customarily a two year course, with papers making up the first year and research the second, in the Department of Food Science our students can also take a one year postgraduate course (such as a Postgraduate Diploma or Honours year) and then follow it with a single research year to complete a Master of Science by thesis only.

Coursework master's - MAppSc

Who is it for?

Prospective students would normally be a graduate (and have achieved an average grade of at least B in 300-level papers), but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications.

Students don't need to have a background in food or agricultural science to enrol. This is a conversion course – so it is a programme of study that will train students in these new subjects and prepare them for a career in the sector.

Prospective students would have an interest in the food and agriculture sectors and how they could apply their ‘core’ study area such as a BCom student majoring in Finance or Marketing wanting food/ag sector insights to apply to finance or marketing for their career prospects.

Other well-suited undergraduate degree areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Majors in Economics, Finance, Accounting, International Business, Human Resources, Marketing, Management, Info Science)
  • Bachelor of Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Politics, Geography, Māori Studies, Pacific Island Studies, Communications),
  • Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in areas like Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Human Nutrition, Environmental Management, Agricultural Innovation, Chemistry, Geology, Marine Science, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant Biotechnology, Science Communication, Psychology, Maths and Statistics
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences


Who is it for?

Students with substantial research experience may consider studying for a PhD. Students with less substantial research experience are usually advised to complete a research master's degree before considering doctoral-level study. Admission to our PhD programme is reliant on you having found an appropriate supervisor(s) within the department of Food Science and agreed a topic of research. For more information on finding a supervisor please see our PhD page.


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