This course gives you the skills you need to start a career as a food processing engineer. This is a role much in demand in the food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the UK.
You learn practical techniques and work with food manufacturers on real projects that prepare you for your career. You also visit factories including • AB World Foods • Burtons Biscuits • KP Snacks • Premier Foods • Thornton's.
The course is designed to be flexible to help you study around your other commitments.
What you study
During the course you gain an overview of engineering principles and key sector issues, giving you a range of knowledge across the food sector. Your learning is based around examples and assessments relevant to the food processing industry.
You undertake a group project to develop a new food product and its processing. This involves working with students from different courses, giving you experience in a multi-disciplinary food processing environment. You explore ethics, sustainability, health and safety and intellectual property rights, as well as business and marketing strategies related to the food industry.
You also study material flow characteristics, which is a core discipline in food processing. Using food materials to illustrate key characteristics, you learn techniques to analyse the rheology and flow of food products through food processing equipment, including understanding the thixotropic behaviour of tomato ketchup.
You then choose two further optional modules, allowing you to focus on your key areas of interest.
The course also gives you the opportunity to take modules on • food • food safety • the management of food production • food processing • food manufacturing techniques • engineering processes.
Level one modules
Level two core modules
Level two optional modules
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The course leads to career opportunities in the food and drink sector, where there is a high demand for scientific and technically qualified individuals. Example roles and potential salaries include • engineering manager (£55,000) • maintenance manager (£40,000) • production area controller (£28,000) • project engineer (£40,000) • site engineering manager (£55,000).
The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering has extensive contacts with national and multi-national food and drink companies including • Nestle • PepsiCo • Mondelez • Greencore • Premier Foods • Kellogg’s • William Jackson Food Group. The Centre support students to progress to roles with companies in this significant industrial sector.
Enhance your career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world
With a Master of Food Technology, you can become a research and development champion in in the food industry.
Food is an important part of our everyday life. The focus on health and wellbeing through food consumption is increasing. The world’s economies are looking for new ways to add value to raw produce.
All this adds up to excellent salaries and an increasing demand for people with the research and technical skills you will learn during this qualification.
The Massey Master of Food Technology is held in high regard around the world and has been producing graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years. You’ll gain the research and technical skills to apply your knowledge in the commercial world. Your lecturers are actively researching, with many having worked in the New Zealand and international food industries.
Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
Massey’s Master of Food Technology provides teaching of practical skills needed to undertake independent research in the food industry. You will then undertake your own large independent research project that focuses on real food industry problems and solutions.
At Massey you’ll have access to real equipment to do research that’s applied and practical to the food industry including:
Massey has research expertise in meat and fish technology, dairy technology, fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates and food additives and ingredients.
Our facilities will help you to develop new and innovative ideas, develop prototypes, work with consumers to test those and commercial scale production.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Food Technology will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study that will prepare you for a PhD or a senior technical role in the food industry
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.
Graduates of Massey’s Master of Food Technology are highly sought-after by employers. They are known for their ability to co-ordinate product development, process development, quality management and production management.
The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) focuses on two technological dimensions of prime and crucial importance in food processing and preservation:
These two concerns are directly translated in the focus points of the IUPFOOD programme.
The InterUniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) is jointly organised by KU Leuven and Ghent University (UGent). The programme builds on KU Leuven’s and UGent’s combined expertise in research and education in the field of food technology.
The Master of Science in Food Technology (120 ECTS) consists of four major segments:
In the first year of the Master's programme, students will spend the first semester in Ghent and the second semester in Leuven. The second stage courses of the majors 'Postharvest and Food Preservation Engineering' and 'Food Science and Technology' are taught respectively at KU Leuven and UGent; at both universities, optional courses and thesis research topics are offered.
1. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of the (bio)chemical processes in biological raw materials during postharvest storage and their transformation into food products.
2. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of engineering principles of unit operations and their use in the transformation of raw materials into food products as a basis for qualitative and quantitative design, evaluation and optimization of food process and preservation unit operations.
3. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of ecology, physiology, detection, use and combat microorganisms in food systems.
4. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of (bio)-chemical, physical and microbiological methods for analysis of raw materials and foods including the skills to identify and use such methods in the context of research, process and product design and optimization and food control.
5. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge in different fields of product technology such as vegetable products, dairy products, meat products, fish products, cereal derived products and fermented products including aspects of product development in relation to consumer behavior.
6. Can critically evaluate the functionality and safety of foods in the context of human health including the relation with raw materials and their processing into foods based on analytical data and scientific literature data.
7. Masters the skills and has acquired the problem solving capacity to analyze problems of food quality and safety along the food chain and to elaborate interdisciplinary and integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches and solutions (including implementation) appreciating the complexity of food systems and the processes used while taking into account technical limitations and socio-economic aspects such as feasibility, risks, and sustainability.
8. Has acquired a broad perspective to problems of food security, related to postharvest and food processing, in low income developing countries.
9. Can investigate and understand interaction with other relevant science domains and integrate them within the context of more advanced ideas and practical applications and problem solving.
10. Can demonstrate critical consideration of and reflection on known and new theories, models or interpretation within the broad field of food technology.
11. Can identify and apply appropriate research methods and techniques to design, plan and execute targeted experiments or simulations independently and critically evaluate and interpret the collected data.
12. Can develop and execute independently original scientific research and/or apply innovative ideas within research environments to create new and/or improved insights and/or solutions for complex (multi)disciplinary research questions respecting the results of other researchers.
13. Can convincingly and professionally communicate personal research, thoughts, ideas, and opinions of proposals, both written and oral, to different actors and stakeholders from peers to a general public.
14. Has acquired project management skills to act independently and in a multidisciplinary team as team member or team leader in international and intercultural settings.
IUPFOOD's objective is to offer a programme that takes the specific needs and approaches of developing countries into account. The IUPFOOD programme prepares graduates for various tasks, including teaching and research. IUPFOOD alumni are mainly active in the following sectors:
The new two-year European Master of Science in Food Science, Technology and Business (BiFTec) is jointly organised by three European partner institutions: KU Leuven, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (HSA) and Catholic University of Portugal (UCP). It fosters innovation and technology to help you cope with future needs and sustainability. BiFTec adopts a horizontal, multidisciplinary approach to a broad range of topics related to food production, processing and agribusiness. The programme also offers specialisation with state-of-the-art courses on food processing, development, and business. Upon graduation, you will receive a joint degree from the three consortium partners.
BiFTec attracts students from all over the world, which adds a valuable intercultural element to your experience. In addition to positions offered directly by the consortium partners, you will get the opportunity to conduct your professional competence module and/or your master’s thesis research at an associated partner institution or organisation in New Zealand, the USA, Russia, Italy, Poland, or Germany.
The objectives of the programme are to:
Overall learning outcomes:
The BiFTec-programme prepares competent employees for sectors including food production, processing and agribusiness as well as for industry and academia.
The MSc Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance) reflects the growing strategic importance of food and consumer product safety and specifically issues such as counterfeiting, contamination, economic and economically motivated adulteration and fraud. The programme has been developed in collaboration with Red 24, a leading global risk management specialist with operating experience in over 120 countries. As such the programme bridges the gap between commercial and academic worlds and provides an accredited curriculum covering:
The programme is relevant for organisations offering CPD and also for those wishing to enter a managerial role within manufacturing and services.
'I see the launch of the MSc programme - Risk and Crisis Management (Food Safety Assurance) at the University of Salford as a welcome step forward for the food industry. The modules on offer will enhance the skills, knowledge and competency of staff working for my organisation and I look forward, in particular, to working with specialists from red24 who are award winning market leaders in the field of risk and crisis management. The course has come along at the right time as the complexity associated with food safety assurance increases'.
Mr David Shingler - Sales Director, Towers Thompson.
The course is currently delivered in four blocks of three-day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.
From September 2017, this delivery format will change. Students will continue to study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching will be delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through Blackboard. Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.
The use of block events to deliver each module will enable the student to concentrate on one specific subject during the period in which the module is being delivered with the VLE providing further support and extending their understanding of a subject.
The School encourages a wide range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and typically a session will contain a mixture of activities: generally based around interactive lecturing, dealing with a number of specific issues/topics. The tutor introduces and explains key concepts and learning points, which are consolidated by class discussion and case study analysis to enhance understanding and to prepare for assessment.
Students will have the opportunity to access and engage with recorded and live webinars in the areas of Food Fraud and Malicious Product Tampering, Crisis Management and Business Continuity and Product Recall (Food and Non-Food).
An underlying principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop students as reflective practitioners and encourage engagement with continuous professional development.
The assessment for the modules involves both formative and summative elements. Each module consists of two pieces of summative assessment including coursework, presentations, case studies etc. Formative assessments with feedback will be provided during the two, three day intensive teaching blocks, and through student centred activities which will be presented on the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.
The Business Innovation Project provides a choice between a dissertation, live project, internship or work placement, with a management research report and offers a further opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a less structured environment, further emphasising the student as an independent learner.
Graduates may enter into a variety of food manufacturing roles including production, quality assurance and product design. In addition, they also enter into procurement roles and roles within associated sectors including insurance.
The MA Food Business Management course creates links between academic theory and practice and leading food and hospitality businesses. These connections will be established in the classroom, on field trips and in interactions with a range of distinguished external speakers from the industry.
The course will enable you to approach business challenges from a global perspective, integrating academic and technical knowledge, and assess situations from financial, commercial, societal and cultural standpoints. You will be able to create innovative solutions to champion food businesses and develop action plans based on rigorous theoretical frameworks that you can use in your professional careers’ to effectively manage change.
This postgraduate award in food business and management has been designed to produce graduates who are exceptionally well equipped with the aptitudes and competencies necessary to design, manage and lead developments within the food industry. This course will provide both a coherent programme of academic study and an in-depth educational experience focusing on the role of the manager and management issues within the international food industry, food service sectors, hospitality, and an exploration of cutting-edge food research.
This course takes an innovative approach, led by a multi-disciplinary team, that studies the food business sector ranging, from management theory and practice to food supply chain management. It embraces product innovation, within a social science perspective, whilst acknowledging the ethical and nutritional responsibility of business in modern society.
The Internship Course seeks to provide a 28 week period of paid work experience incorporated into the period of study. This makes it ideal for students seeking to add a practical dimension to their studies and understand the demands of workplace supervision and management. Internship opportunities exist throughout the food service industries both within the UK and overseas. The internship process is co-ordinated by the University's own dedicated internship team and draws upon contacts with the industry. The London School of Hospitality and Tourism generally has exceptionally good links with leading industrialists, many of whom are Patrons, Fellows and Alumni of the School.
• Designing the Customer Experience
• Business Performance Analysis
• Responsible Value Chain Management
• Applied Food Science and Product Development
• Food and Society
• Foodservice Operations Analysis.
• Organisational Behaviour in Theory and Practice
• Management Consultancy
• The Internship.
The course will deliver unique professional development opportunities to senior managers. It provides enhanced promotion prospects, new career opportunities and greater career security. Career benefits will also accrue from being part of a strong professional network and experiencing coaching and mentoring opportunities. For sponsoring organisations it serves as a basis for developing senior staff as thought leaders and also assists in senior staff retention.
On successful completion of the Masters course you can progress onto an MPhil or a PhD research degree.
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.