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Massey University


Massey University began in 1927 as a small agricultural college in Palmerston North. Under its first principal, Sir Geoffrey Peren, it widened its range and enhanced its reputation. Sir Geoffrey retired in 1958, and in 1964, Massey became a full university. In the last 40 years, it has continued growing, to become New Zealand's largest residential university, spread over three cities.


Massey is characterised by the applied nature of many of our teaching and research programmes and by our special expertise in the areas of technology, science, applied science and business studies.

We have a proud international record of using our expertise to work with developing countries. Our focus on technology and business is also meeting new international demands. Students educated at Massey hold positions of seniority and responsibility throughout Asia, the Pacific, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.

At Massey programmes are the qualifications (eg certificates, diplomas, degrees) that you can study. Programmes are made up of courses. 


The Research Support Services at Massey University consists of four clusters that provide policy and operational support to all research related activities within the institution. These functions range from providing support to doctoral and research students, assisting in the development of funding proposals and associated contracting, budgeting advice and project management, providing training and development opportunities for staff and students at all stages of their research career and policy development and implementation to support the Research Strategy.


Our Career and Employability Service provides careers advice, guidance and information to Massey students and recent graduates. We also offer recruitment assistance to employers and support Massey staff in their work with students on employability strategies.

Short Courses

Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)

University Ranking

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Student services

Each campus has a range of services to assist and support Massey students. This includes financial and  budgeting services, leadership programmes and spiritual services. Each campus has an international support office to help answer your questions and provide you with a range of services and support while you are studying with us. 

Housing services

At Massey University we know that choosing where you'll live is one of the most important concerns that you will have. We want to ensure that your accommodation is complementary to your studies.

Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington all have a variety of on-campus accommodation options, including Halls of Residence, Apartments, Studio Units and Homestays.

We also have experienced staff who can help you to find the right accommodation. Accommodation staff on our three campuses provide advice on everything from choosing Halls of Residence, information on private accommodation options, advice on signing tenancy agreements, dispute resolution, and budget management.

Library services

The Albany Library is at the heart of this young campus on Auckland’s North Shore. Come in to use our extensive individual & group study spaces, browse our book collections, get assistance for all your information needs, and relax in our café.  We also offer printing, photocopying & scanning facilities, and a large W?hi Rorohiko (Computer Zone).

Medical services

A strong health and safety culture at Massey University is important to us. We want to have a population of students and staff that are healthy and safe. We also want them to reach their fullest potential. 

We base our safety management system on global best practice. Consistent processes across the university help build a culture of empowerment and ownership.

Campus life

With a tradition of academic excellence, Massey University is the nearest thing New Zealand has to a national university. It has nearly 18,000 students enrolled on three main campuses, with approximately 17,000 national and worldwide distance learning (extramural) students.

  • Massey University’s innovative Auckland / Ōtehā campus is located on the North Shore of New Zealand’s largest city – Auckland.
  • The Manawatū campus is Massey's original campus. With lovely heritage buildings and park-like grounds located near Palmerston North city, it is one of the best places in the country to experience the real student lifestyle. With a huge portion of the population under 25 it is the perfect place for learning and living.

Sports facilities

The University’s sport and recreation facilities are available on the three campuses in Albany, Manawatu and Wellington. These facilities are available to students, staff and local communities to meet a range of recreational and sporting needs.

Our world-class sports facilities are available to staff, students and local communities, and include an all-weather equine arena, an all-weather athletics track, as well as the Sport and Rugby Institute’s three floodlit rugby fields and training areas.

Student clubs

Massey has six students' associations. They aim to make sure that university students enjoy the best university experience possible. They provide leadership to the student body and are also student advocates to the university and wider community.

Students' associations are also responsible for running events such as Orientation Week and the 'Unity in Diversity' festival.

Students' associations and societies offer university students at Massey:

  • events of all sizes, from weekly lunchtime activities to Orientation Week and the University Games
  • broadcasts and publications designed and delivered by, and aimed at, university students
  • representation and advocacy at all levels

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand


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