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MSc Food Manufacturing Engineering

Course Description

This course is for practising engineers or new graduates who want to become technical specialists developing engineering solutions for the food and drink industry. It is suited to graduates with a mechanical, electrical, food science or technology background.

Through a combination of management, food, and technical modules, you focus on areas of need identified by industry. These include:
-Lean and supply chain.
-Food processing.
-Environmental management.
-Automation, control and robotics.
-Process efficiency.
-Food quality and safety.
-Manufacturing and process improvement.
-Packaging and maintenance.

You gain experience of designing experiments and testing food engineering systems in our specialist engineering and food laboratories. By applying your technical knowledge to practical challenges faced by industry, you build the skills to develop innovative solutions to problems. You also learn how these techniques can improve product quality and reduce environmental impact while maintaining industrial competitiveness.

During the course you attend guest lectures from industry experts, and work on real life case studies and projects. You also experience advanced level research by taking part in real life studies. This means your learning is based in the real world of industry and increases your employability when you graduate.

During the course you complete a consultancy project. Recent masters level projects have covered topics such as:
-The use of robotics to automatically peel a grape
-Voice controlled automation for the packaging of food products
-Innovative machine vision techniques to determine the condition of fruit

Students have also completed projects spanning areas of food engineering such as:
-Innovative packaging design.
-Sustainable processing.
-The modelling of complex fluid flows.
-The reclamation of energy using innovative heat exchangers.

The course is supported by our new National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering, which has been developed with the food and drink industry and is guided by a board of industry members.

Professional recognition

This course is delivered by Sheffield Hallam University working in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and the Food and Drink Federation.

Course structure

Full time – 1 year.
Part time – 2 years study plus a work-based project.
Starts September and January.

Core modules
-Sustainability, energy and environmental management
-Lean operations and six sigma
-Contemporary issues in food operation
-Food processing, safety and quality management
-Industrial automation
-Manufacturing systems
-Processing and packaging machinery
-Consultancy project and dissertation
This module combines the various technical and managerial strands of the course into a major piece of research with an element of originality. This involves working with the Centre for Food Engineering and its industrial partners on projects relating to key sector challenges. The project typically takes approximately 600 hours to complete and deepens the knowledge gained in the taught components of the course.

Optional modules
You choose one from: advanced control methods; equipment engineering and design; rheology and multi-phase flow.

Assessment: coursework, group project, examinations, dissertation.

Other course requirements

Overseas students
-India – a first class BE in an relevant discipline or a good second class BE with a strong performance in core engineering subjects.
-China – a four year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with an overall average of at least 80 per cent or equivalent.
-Other countries – a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below the required level we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Visit the MSc Food Manufacturing Engineering page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally one of the following: 2.2 honours degree or above in a science or engineering subject; suitable professional qualifications in an engineering field; degree in a technical area plus at least one year of relevant experience; diploma in a technical area plus at least three years of relevant experience. See course description for further admission details:

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