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Master of Science (Human Nutrition)

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
Auckland Campus
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Course details


Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition.

Massey’s Master of Science (Human Nutrition) will give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest issues in the field of human nutrition.

Develop your research skills

You’ll develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level. You’ll investigate the links between diet and health, and the factors affecting them.

You choose how and where

Your research project can be completed in the nutrition research facilities on our campuses, in the community or in your workplace. Research projects may be part of existing research within the university, or designed specifically for your needs and interests. Your Master of Science (HumNutr) can have a particular focus, such as public health nutrition, sports nutrition or nutritional physiology.

Flexible study options to suit you

Study hours are flexible to fit in with your busy life, with courses offered in block mode. You can study full-time or part-time, combining study with your work and other commitments.

Teaching is a mixture of self-directed learning (supported by the Stream virtual classroom environment) and block courses (usually two eight-hour block courses for core courses and two four-hour, half-day block courses for elective courses). The block courses are video-linked and you can attend in Palmerston North or Auckland, regardless of where the course is hosted.


With internationally marketable skills, you’ll be able to select from a wide range of career opportunities as a human nutrition postgraduate, including:

  • health promotion/public health (such as district health boards, Ministry of Health, New Zealand Heart Foundation)
  • sport and exercise nutrition (such as elite and recreational sports teams and the fitness industry)
  • research in universities and Crown Research Institutes (like AgResearch, Plant & Food Research)
  • teaching in secondary and tertiary educational institutions
  • consultancy in industry (for example, for food companies and industry), corporate health and wellness and in private practice
  • government adviser on policy, education or nutrition
  • media (writing publications, television, marketing)
  • international relief work
  • medical nutritional companies (nutrition advisor, nutritional representative).

Credit summary

180 or 240 credits
From the Schedule to the Degree including:

  • Completion of Part One and Two
  • Compulsory courses
  • Completion of a subject

A specialisation (subject) is compulsory. Most subjects require 180 credits.

These subjects require 240 credits:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Psychology
  • Psychology – Health Psychology

Other subjects may require 240 credits if you choose a 120 credit thesis

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree by undertaking a 120 credit thesis.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification. You must pass Part One before you can progress to Part Two.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Science, a B grade average is needed for the Part One courses.

Entry criteria

To enter the Master of Science (Human Nutrition) 180 or 240-credit programmes you will have been awarded or qualified for a:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in human nutrition, or close equivalent, with a minimum B average in the majoring 300 level courses, or
  • the Bachelor of Science with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology in human nutrition, having achieved a B grade average over the contributing courses.

To enter the Master of Science (Human Nutrition) 120-credit programme you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with an endorsement in human nutrition (minimum B average), or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Science with an endorsement in human nutrition (minimum B average).

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

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

Course variation

Expected February-2022 - Massey University

Massey University
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: Expected February-2022
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