Scientist taking water sample from river

Science (Applied)

Studying science at Wintec involves learning both the theory and practical skills that you can apply immediately to the workplace after you graduate. As a science student at Wintec, you can choose from a number of pathways, including biotechnology, environmental technology, food technology, and agritechnology.

"I love the hands-on learning."

Read Bernadette's story

"I want to teach others to source kai from the land."

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Find out more about possible careers in science

Environmental scientists provide advice on how to avoid or reduce harmful effects on the environment. Work could involve preparing reports on the environmental impact of activities such as mining, forestry, and agriculture; developing policies using ecological, mathematical, or physical science data; or applying for resource consent on behalf of clients.

Biotechnologists create products using biologically-based materials; study bacteria and fungi; operate equipment used to process biological materials such as food and plants; work with genetically modifying organisms to make new products; monitor production trends; and advise organisations on biotechnology issues.

Food technologists research new food and drink products and then develop ways to improve them. Their day could include conducting trials, managing production, providing quality assurance, investigating the nutritional properties of foods; and analysing the packaging, storage, and safety of food to ensure it meets all government and industry standards.

Food engineers design, develop, and test processes and equipment for food processing companies. This may entail designing new methods of processing, packaging, and preserving food; costing processes and equipment; improving existing processes; sourcing and testing equipment; and process or factory establishment.

Science technicians work alongside scientists to carry out research, perform experiments, and analyse results. Their day may include collecting samples out in the field, writing reports, maintaining databases; or operating and maintaining a laboratory for teaching or research.

Graduate profile: Kris Beattie

No two days are the same for Kris since she started working for Analytica Laboratories in 2014 straight after graduating from Wintec with a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science. Kris works within the honey testing team, and uses her skills to run data analysis, set up instruments, and work on research and development projects.

“I use what I learnt at Wintec all the time and every single day in my work,” Kris says.

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Kris Beattie Analytica Laboratories


Applied Science pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

About the faculty

Welcome to the Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries.

Educating the next generation of science talent in New Zealand has never been more important and if you are thinking about a career in science or primary industries, we can help you build your skills and employability.

We offer a diverse and exciting range of programmes that produce graduates who move on to stimulating and challenging careers within these industries. We are proud of who we are and the achievements of our staff, students, and alumni.

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Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

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