Food packaging design and manufacture accounts for 2% of GDP in developed countries (European Committee for Standardisation). Without effective packaging, food spoils and food security is compromised. This course aims to provide the knowledge needed for you to successfully design and manufacture packaging for a range of food products, backed up by the science and research of industry professionals.
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Advances in Food and Beverage Packaging aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you as a manager or leader to make informed, higher-level decisions that enhance competitiveness, innovation and new market opportunities.
Our course delivery method, modular contents and assessment procedures have been selected to facilitate entry or return to higher-level study. This is advantageous for busy professionals with other competing commitments or who have been away from higher education. Collectively, these will help stimulate a desire for new knowledge and further upskilling for the benefit of the UK food and drink sector industries.
Areas you will learn about during the course include:
- Active packaging and smart labels for enhanced traceability, supply chain monitoring, consumer protection and preservation of food
- Sustainable or biodegradable packaging products
- Nanocomposite technologies for enhanced barrier properties of packaging films
- Active packaging systems and protective functions derived from antimicrobials, preservatives and atmosphere modification
- Packaging associated risks – plasticisers and nanoparticles
We will use a blended learning delivery format compatible with workplace restrictions and to support workforce development. Modules will be intensively delivered over a three-day period, with 12 weeks between each module. This will minimise disruption to students working in industry and allow them to complete the assignments in the workplace, with full tutor support via the University’s virtual learning environment.
There are around 36 hours of contact time per module grouped into three days, then one hour of remote contact time. You will also be expected to undertake 200 hours of private study per module.
Assessment may take the form of practical assessment and industry-focused reports and projects. Relevance to the needs of industry is a key consideration.
If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities
Organizations are seeking to create new products and consumers are demanding green alternatives. This has given rise to many opportunities to develop green, sustainable products and chemistries to replace oil-based products and fuels. These include pharmaceuticals, food packaging, clothing and building materials, as well as cutting-edge carbon nanofibers and biofuels. UBC is a world leader in creating innovative value from forest biomass, and graduates of this program will take their place as technical leaders and sector specialists in this growing industry.
The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Green Bio-Products is an intensive one-year degree program that will equip you with the technical and leadership skills required to contribute to the growing bio-economy. The project-based curriculum covers all stages of the industry value chain. Graduates will gain a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the chemistry and anatomy of the tree and its role as one of the most prolific forms of biomass. While 60 per cent of your classes will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.
The MEL in Green Bio-Products degree was developed in close collaboration with industry partners, who told us they need to hire leaders with cross-functional technical and business skills to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects.
Students will develop the sector-relevant cross-disciplinary technical skills in demand by top employers. Distinct from other programs in Canada and internationally, the combination of technical expertise and leadership development makes the MEL in Green Bio-Products program unique and highly relevant in today’s business environment.
To complement your academic studies, professional development workshops, delivered by industry leaders, are offered throughout the year-long program. These extra-curricular sessions cover a range of topics such as:
-Giving and receiving feedback
-Learning how to deliver a successful pitch
The workshops also provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs.
Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally, equipped to take on challenging roles in this rapidly evolving sector. They will be participating in developing advanced technical processes, product ideation and take on senior management roles. As a graduate of this program, you will have the skills to take your career to the next level – working as an industry leader who is a peer to your engineering team members and confidently managing projects.