Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science

About the Joint Graduate School

In November 2010, The University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research jointly created the Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science, the first school of its kind in New Zealand.

The Joint Graduate School offers postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake masters or PhD research of direct relevance to the New Zealand primary production and food industries. The school also offers students access to the University’s research programmes and to Plant & Food’s scientific expertise and research infrastructure across the country.

Combining academic excellence and an industry perspective, the Graduate School is jointly hosted by The University of Auckland's Faculty of Science and Plant & Food Research.

Our staff

Professor Jo Putterill, Director of the Joint Graduate School

There are a number of researchers from both the University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research who are currently involved in research projects at the Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science. Read our staff list.


Research opportunities

Research opportunities in the Joint Graduate School

From apiculture and bioprotection, through to soil science and viticulture, the Joint Graduate School offers masters and PhD a wide variety of research opportunities. Read more about our research areas and potential supervisors.


The University of Auckland | academic excellence

Postgraduate plant biology student inside the University greenhouse

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading and largest university*, ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world. The University has a commitment to research that benefits society, economy and nation.

The Joint Graduate School is hosted by the Faculty of Science whose vision is to serve its communities through fundamental and translational research, teaching and public commentary in the sciences. The Faculty of Science provides research-rich learning to top standards of excellence. It has a comprehensive, high quality, academic portfolio and is privileged to lead the nation's research in many science disciplines.** There are currently over 7,000 students in the faculty, including approximately 1200 postgraduate students.

The University is a member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

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Visit the Faculty of Science website


Plant & Food Research | industry perspective

Hayward kiwifruit

Plant & Food Research has a focus on delivering applied science supported by a strong fundamental science base and has a network of scientific collaborations and industry partnerships, both nationally and internationally. The Institute works with plant and marine-based food industries to develop environmentally and economically sustainable production systems, and new whole foods and functional ingredients.

Plant & Food works directly with industry organisations, growers and companies to ensure research is driven by awareness of issues that relate to the sector as a whole. Research is integrated across production, manufacturing, distribution and marketing platforms, ensuring the value of New Zealand’s plant-based food industry is realised.

Visit the Plant & Food Research website

Find staff research profiles on Plant & Food's YouTube channel

Contact information

The University of Auckland

Professor Jo Putterill, Director of the Joint Graduate School

Location map

Location map of the School of Biological Science
Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland

General enquiries

Science Student Centre
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87020
Freephone (in NZ): 0800 61 62 63

Plant and Food Research


Location maps

Location map of Plant & Food Research
Mt Albert Road, Sandringham, Auckland