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Course content

This is an ideal launchpad for graduates seeking careers in the thriving food and drink industry – an industry which is facing particularly acute skills shortages with excellent employability prospects for suitably skilled graduates.

Course details

The food and drink sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK delivering 18% of the UK's total output by value. Tasked by government and the Food and Drink Federation with achieving 20% growth in productivity by 2020, the industry is developing innovative solutions to increase productivity, reduce waste and energy usage, and introduce more efficient manufacturing to reduce costs and drive competitive advantage. Offering both full-time and part-time study modes, this course is accessible to recent graduates and to those in employment wishing to qualify to MSc level. The blended learning methodologies used in delivering the course means that employers seeking to upskill and retain their best employees can do so with minimum time off work.

Teesside University is highly praised for its links with local and national industries and businesses such as Marlow Foods (Quorn), SK Chilled Foods and Sainsbury’s. The University is committed to integrating with industry in the Tees Valley and has a record of producing employment-ready problem solvers and innovators. This postgraduate programme embeds key transferable skills, visits to industry and talks from industrial speakers relevant to the food and drink industries.You may also be interested in our MSc Food Science and Biotechnology.

What you study

Course structure

Core modules

  • Food Chemistry Composition and Analysis
  • Food Manufacturing Engineering
  • Food Product Design and Manufacturing Process Development
  • Food Safety Engineering and Management
  • Practical Health and Safety Skills

MSc only

  • Research Project

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Making the transition to postgraduate-level study can be challenging. We provide support during the programme induction and within the Food Product Design and Manufacturing Processes module. This support helps you understand the requirements of academic study at postgraduate level, enhancing your skills in academic writing and referencing, and developing the skills necessary to operate professionally, safely and ethically in planning and implementing a research project at master’s level.

By including work-based problem-solving projects and case-study exercises this programme places an emphasis on real-world working. This helps to blend theory and knowledge in the context of business, developing the skills employers are seeking, all designed to set you on a successful career path. 

A significant feature of the programme is blended learning to provide a rich and varied learning experience. This also provides additional flexibility for learners who are working.

On campus you have access to a dedicated food product development laboratory and pilot-scale processing equipment, giving you valuable hands-on experience of both food processing and food product development. Fully equipped microbiological and chemical analysis labs enable relevant practical investigative projects, allowing you to explore a range of ingredients and food products.

How you are assessed

Your assessments test subject knowledge, independent thought and skills. They are robust, equitable and manageable and incorporate formative and summative assessments. These particular assessments have been selected to match the learning outcomes. These are:

  • exams
  • oral presentations
  • technical interviews
  • technical reports
  • laboratory reports
  • literature surveys, evaluations and summaries
  • dissertation or thesis

You are presented with an assessment schedule with details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments.


Career opportunities

Food and drink manufacturing is vital to the UK economy. It is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing 15% of the manufacturing workforce. Food and drink manufacturing businesses make up 7% of all manufacturing businesses and buy two thirds of all the UK's agricultural produce. The industry generates 18% of total manufacturing turnover. 

To meet the demands of this dynamic sector, the industry needs to recruit more than 49,000 new skilled professionals and managers by 2022. This is great news for graduates wanting to study toward a rewarding career in a dynamic and highly innovative sector - home to some of the UK's best known brands (National Skills Academy for Food & Drink). 

Graduate careers in the food sector, include:

  • food processing engineering
  • new product development
  • quality management and food safety management
  • food production management
  • technical management.

Visit the Food Processing Engineering MSc/PGDip page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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