College of Sciences

Te Wāhanga Pūtaiao

Massey University's College of Sciences is research-led. We provide transformative learning experiences to prepare our students for success in their chosen field and deliver globally-relevant solutions to fundamental and applied scientific challenges.

Three agriculture students doing testing on a farm


Massey University offers world-leading and unique programmes across our specialities. Our agriculture programme is no.1 in New Zealand according to global rankings and we offer the only veterinary programme in New Zealand ranked in the top 25 in the world.

Study sciences

Two fundamental scientists with microscopic view of fruit fly on screen


Massey University demands excellence in our sciences-related research. The College of Sciences brings together experts from several disciplines to further knowledge and make a difference in New Zealand and the world.

Sciences research

Accreditation and rankings

Our programmes are ranked as some of the best in the world, and we are accredited by major industry bodies internationally. Below is a selection of accreditations for sciences at Massey.


Professor Ray Geor

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor Geor is an internationally-recognised veterinary and agricultural science specialist, with expertise in equine medicine, nutrition and sport science. After spending nearly 30 years teaching and researching in America, he returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Sciences in 2015.

Professor Simon Hall

Deputy PVC (Academic)

Professor Hall is the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) for the College of Sciences. His expertise is in chemistry. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry he was a founding principal investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin

Deputy PVC (Research)

Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin is the head of the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, the former president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, and the editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics.

Professor Dianne Brunton

Head of Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Brunton is the head of the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Her research expertise is in social behaviour and the evolution and ecology of animal communication with her main research interest in the evolution of song.

Professor Martin Hazelton

Head of Institute of Fundamental Sciences

The head of the Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Professor Hazelton is a professor of statistics. His research interests are in smoothing methods, biostatistics,spatial statistics and statistical modelling.

Professor Julian Heyes

Head of Institute of Food Science and Technology and School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

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.

Professor Jon Huxley

Head of School of Veterinary Science

Professor Huxley joined Massey University in May 2018, from the University of Nottingham. His research expertise is in dairy cow health and endemic diseases of dairy cattle, particularly lameness and the impact of the housed environment on animal health and welfare.

Professor Peter Kemp

Head of School

Professor Kemp is head of the School of Agriculture and Environment, one of the largest departments in the College. His areas of expertise lie in evaluation of herb pastures and agroforestry.


All staff


The College of Sciences comprises seven schools and institutes. Find out more about their locations, research expertise and staff.

Meet our graduates

Pūhoro STEM Academy

The academy, set up by Massey University with Te Puni Kōkiri and Our Land and Water National Science Challenge support, fosters young Maori school pupils from Year 11 on their journey through to university, and ultimately the workforce. The programme works to engage with teachers and whanau to support the students’ science study in the Manawatū and Bay of Plenty and to build a wider community of Pūhoro students who share their passion for science.

Pūhoro STEM Academy

Māori school students on Massey campus laboratory


32nd Annual Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre Conference

12-14 February 2019

The theme of this year's conference is nutrient loss mitigations for compliance in agriculture. This will include new and practical mitigations, soil conservation, farm environment planning and catchment collaboration. The Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre at Massey University have been running these conferences since 1987.

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Fascination Science

First Tuesday of every month

Come and hear from some of the leading minds in science today. Massey University Auckland scientists take you into the fascinating world of scientific discoveries.

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IAVCEI 5th Volcanic Geology Workshop

25 February 2019 – 4 March 2019

The International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior's Fifth Volcanic Geology Workshop consists of an on-campus workshop (one day) with presentations and discussions and field trip (six days) to the Taupo Volcanic Zone active and young volcanic terrains.

The workshop is co-hosted by Massey University and the University of Auckland.

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New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference 2018

17-20 November 2018

This conference is for honours, master's or PhD students at any New Zealand University. It provides you with a supportive and fun academic environment to present your research as well as to practise presenting your work to an audience.

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The International Symposium of Integrative Zoology

2-7 December 2019

The International Symposium of Integrative Zoology is an annual conference sponsored by the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) and the journal Integrative Zoology. In 2019 the conference is hosted by Massey in Auckland, New Zealand with the theme of 'Zoological studies for animal conservation'.

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Awards, funding and recognition

Some examples of the funding and recognition for College of Sciences staff and their work.

Work with us

The College of Sciences has developed close relationships with industry across our areas of expertise.

We work with our partners on industry-relevant research and professional development and match final year students in some areas with companies to work on real world projects. Talk to us to find out how you can work with the College.

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Auckland campus

Massey University’s Auckland campus is in Albany on the North Shore of Auckland. College of Sciences are based on the main campus in the Mathematical Sciences building, with food technology, engineering and much of natural sciences on the nearby Otehe Rohe campus.

Oteha Rohe campus

Manawatū campus

Massey University’s Manawatū campus is in Palmerston North. The College of Sciences is based in the Science Towers off the central concourse, Aghort buildings, Riddet Complex and other buildings around campus.

Manawatu campus from above

Donate to the College of Sciences

We welcome your support in raising money to enable excellence in scholarship, teaching and research in the College of Sciences.

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Contact us

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