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Palmerston North is a small city on New Zealand’s North Island, around two hours’ north of Wellington. The seventh most populous city in the country, Palmerston North is an attractive university town with a sizeable student population. The main campus of Massey University, New Zealand’s largest residential university, is in Palmerston North.
Palmerston was first settled by Europeans in 1866 and is named after an English prime minister. In 1871, ‘North’ was added to the name to avoid confusion with another Palmerston on New Zealand’s South Island, in the region of Otago. When the west coast railway from Wellington arrived in 1886, Palmerston North began to develop into a bustling agricultural town. In 1927, its population had grown to 20,000 people and Palmerston North was recognised as a city.
One of Palmerston North’s cultural highlights is the Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, an interdisciplinary museum at the heart of the city. Te Manawa explores natural history, art, Maori objects and science through a number of interactive exhibits. The New Zealand Rugby Museum is in the Te Manawa complex, the first public museum in the world to focus on rugby. The institution houses many artefacts, exhibits and pieces of memorabilia related to the history of the sport, from the oldest rugby ball and All Black jersey to interactive scrum machines.
Established in 1954, Tararua Forest Park was New Zealand’s first park of its kind and can be reached by car in around 90 minutes from Palmerston North. Its natural beauty means that it’s a popular area for ‘tramping’ – the New Zealand term for hiking.
Thanks to 40% of its population being students, Palmerston North has a vibrant atmosphere. There are around 3,000 international students in the city, contributing towards its diversity. Palmerston North has a reputation for being one of the more affordable cities in New Zealand, with a variety of student accommodation options ranging from homestays to on-campus housing.
Massey University’s Manawatū campus is in Palmerston North, offering a wide selection of Masters programmes that take an applied, practical approach to learning. Its other campuses are located in Wellington and Auckland.
Higher education and research are important parts of the local economy in Palmerston North. The city is a major logistics hub for New Zealand, as well as a centre for food science and agricultural technology.
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Massey’s Master of AgriCommerce is an internationally-recognised qualification. You will gain the research and professional skills required across the value chain from farm production to food marketing. Read more
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. Read more
Massey University’s Master of Management (International Business) is suitable for those who have found themselves in a role that requires international business expertise, or if you have have studied a different business subject in your undergraduate qualification and want to specialise in this growing area. Read more
Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience. Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of computer science and advance your career. Read more
With Massey’s Master of Science (Conservation Biology) you will learn to address real conservation management problems. You will work in a small-group setting and engage with staff of conservation agencies who are working, on the ground, to save our endangered native species. Read more
The Ecology Group at Massey has a large teaching and support staff, with diverse expertise. As a postgraduate student undertaking masters studies you will have the opportunity to specialise in stimulating subjects ranging from. Read more
Economics at Massey is ranked in the top 250 in the world in the QS World University Rankings. With a Master of Arts in Economics at Massey you’ll investigate how businesses decide what to produce and how many people to employ, explore how people decide what to consume, and learn about big-picture world economics. Read more
Whether you are looking to move up the hierarchy in your engineering career, are interested in developing analytical skills through applied research, or both, Massey’s Master of Engineering Studies unique aspects will give you a step up. Read more
A Master of Arts (Geography) prepares you to be a thoughtful and knowledgeable local and global citizen. You’ll develop important career skills in research, spatial analysis, and evidence-based examination of the pressing issues facing New Zealand and the world today. Read more
Massey’s Master of Sciences (Geography) will give you the knowledge and skills to understand and help solve some of the world’s most important environmental issues like flooding, coastal erosion, sea level change, landslide hazards and environmental change. Read more
With Massey’s Master of Science (Horticultural Science) you can take advantage of Massey University’s 80 years of research and teaching experience in agriculture and horticulture to create your own innovative research project. Read more