What will I learn?

The Master of Science will allow you to stand out from other animal science graduates. Massey’s Master of Science (Animal Science) will allow you to make a major contribution to animal science.

Whether you want to take a first step in a research career or would like a specialised role in livestock or animal industries, a MSc (Animal Science) will give you the skills you need.

A wide range of Specialties

Animal science is a broad subject and you could engage in study and research in one of many subjects from livestock production, genetics, nutrition, reproductive physiology, lactation, animal behaviour and welfare. Massey University has an active research programme in many areas of applied and theoretical aspects of animal science, much of it funded by industry. You’ll have the opportunity to research a relevant issue and generate solutions for the real world.

A master’s builds your capability in sourcing, generating and interpreting quality information to make informed decisions. You’ll develop specialised knowledge in your chosen field.

Relevant learning

At Massey you’ll be part of this world-leading animal and agricultural science hub. Massey’s Manawatu campus is surrounded by working farms and state-of-the-art animal science research facilities. You are able to access our extensive research and working facilities as part of your study. These include:

  • two dairy farms
  • sheep and beef blocks, in the Manawatu and Wairarapa
  • dedicated feline and canine units
  • intensive livestock facilities
  • a deer farm

New Zealand’s only veterinary science teaching facilities including

  • 24-hour pet hospital
  • wildbase hospital which treats native New Zealand animals
  • equine hospital.


Potential careers after completing a Master of Science with a major in animal science include:

  • research associates at Crown Research Institutes such as AgResearch
  • sales and technical reps for feed companies and feed manufacturers
  • consultants and advisors to farmers or industry bodies such as Beef + Lamb or DairyNZ
  • laboratory and on-farm technicians
  • biosecurity/customs roles
  • wildlife conservation
  • Ministry of Primary Industries in a policy or advisory role
  • sales and technical representatives for equipment manufacturers (e.g. milking machines)
  • providing specialist animal services
  • animal welfare consultant
  • technical institute tutor.

Credit summary

180 credits (most subjects)

Part One compulsory and subject courses- 60 120 credits

Part Two research- 60 120 credits

A specialisation (subject) is compulsory.

These subjects require 240 credits:

Nutrition and Dietetics (includes 150 credits of compulsory Part One courses)


Psychology - Health Psychology

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Veterinary Science

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$42,100.00 (US$ 28,728) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 18 July 2022


Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,


4474, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You must have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, with a minimum B- grade average in the highest level courses.

For international students

To enter the Master of Science (Animal Science) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, or equivalent, with a minimum B average in the majoring 300-level courses, or

the Bachelor of Science with Honours, in the intended MSc subject, having achieved a B grade average over the contributing courses and a B grade in an approved research methods course, or

the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology in the intended MSc subject, having achieved a B grade average over the contributing courses and a B grade in an approved research methods course, or

the Postgraduate Certificate in Science and Technology in the intended MSc subject, having achieved a B grade average over the contributing courses and a B grade in an approved research methods course.

If you have a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology, or Postgraduate Certificate in Science and Technology as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

You must submit an approved research supervision plan with your application. This means you need to secure the agreement of a suitable supervisor for your agreed research topic.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

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

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Massey University

Delivering outstanding learning and ground-breaking research, Massey University has a rich history of academic excellence.

  • Over 5,000 international students
  • Located over three campuses in New Zealand
  • Five innovative colleges
  • Conducts ground-breaking research

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