Postgraduate study
This course is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and ability to become a professional food process engineer.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Food Process Engineering
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Applicants with a high 2.2 (or international equivalent) may be considered
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
Campus
University Park
 

 

Overview

This masters course in food process engineering will give you the theoretical and practical knowledge needed in the food industry, which, combined with relevant industrial training and experience, can help you on the path towards becoming a chartered engineer.

Your training will give you detailed understanding of food process engineering theory, methods and practice, and is delivered by a team of specialists including lecturers from the food industry, or with food industry experience.

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Key facts

  • Your learning will be informed by lecturers from the food industry, or with food industry experience
  • This course provides specialist training, informed by industry and the faculty’s research strengths, in processing properties of food materials, from farm to fork
  • The University of Nottingham has a strong research reputation in the field of food science; our School of Biosciences is ranked the no. 1 research environment in the UK for agriculture, veterinary and food science (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is ranked 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2019 and 3rd in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019


 

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Full course details

The food and drink industry is the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK, larger than the automotive and aerospace sectors combined. The sector is worth more than £20 billion a year. Its aims are to produce high quality, safe and affordable food at the lowest environmental cost.

There is a shortage of people with the skills needed to handle 21st century changes in food production, including nutrition, world population growth, IOT (Internet of Things), infomatics and automation, food personalisation, health, wellness and sustainability.

This 12 month programme includes specialist modules which will allow you to appreciate the processing properties of food materials, and how they can be converted from ingredient to product.

The course is delivered by specialists with industrial knowledge, and it is taught and assessed in combination with the associated engineering science, to ensure that you understand how each process can be applied.

The MSc programme offers you the flexibility to focus on your particular areas of interest through the choice of 30 credits of optional taught modules, across the first two semesters.

This course is taught within the department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University Park, Nottingham.


 

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Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 

 
 

Modules

Core modules

Accelerated Design Training (year-long): 30 credits

Summary Of Content: Students undertaking this module will complete a group design project with a large individual component. The module is student-lead under the guidance of a group of academics.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 20 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Workshop 20 weeks 1 week 3 hours
Workshop 20 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40.00 A group conceptual design task consisting of: basis of design, a minimum of 3 PFDs for different process configurations and a 3 page report outlining the comparative performance of each configuration. Due in November.
Viva voce    
Coursework 2 60.00 Detailed group design task consisting of 10 separate components. Due in April.
 
Food Processing (autumn): 10 credits
Education Aims:
  • To familiarise students with the complex food matrices, their formulation, and performance.
  • To provide a level of understanding on a range of food process technologies to enable them to design process methodologies and comprehend current problems and their potential solutions.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture   1 week 2 hours
Tutorial   1 week 1 hour

Method of Assessment: one 2-hour exam (100%) 

 
Food Design and Operation Case Studies (autumn): 10 credits

Education Aims: To provide students with a level of understanding of Food Manufacturing Design principles and to enable them to apply theoretical knowledge to problem solving for the design, comprehend current problems and their potential solutions. 

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture   1 week 2 hours
Tutorial   1 week 1 hour

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100.00  individual report
 
Advanced Rheology and Materials (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module will introduce students to the flow properties of complex fluids. It will cover rheological models, outline characterisation techniques and explore selected applications.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour

Case study supervisions are carried out in groups of 3-5 students and are intended to support the research into the allocated case study into an industrial application of rheology and/or materials.  Case study presentations take place in Week 12.

Method of Assessment: one exam (100%).

 
Research Planning (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: The module develops the skills required to design, plan, implement and manage a research project. Students will be given instruction and practice in: problem definition; collection and synthesis of information from a range of traditional and electronic sources; critical review of information; definition of scope, aims and objectives; development of a project plan and schedule; management of project progress; reporting and presentation of outcomes. Particular emphasis of the module is towards quality control and quality assurance and how these underpin measurement activities. The use of statistics for the assessment of data quality in measurement is also emphasised. Students will also develop their writing and practical skills through exercises and coursework.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Practicum 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

The module will comprise a series of lectures, tutorials and practicals. Students will undertake, under supervision, develop an appreciation and an ability plan and evaluate the requirements for a research project. Directed study to include the preparation of a research plan, individual presentation and a laboratory report.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 70.00 3,000 word Laboratory Report
Coursework 2 30.00 1,000 word Critical Review
 
Multiphase Systems (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module will identify the industrial occurrence of the simultaneous flow of more than one phase and highlight the implications for design. It will establish the principles of flow and heat transfer in gas/liquid systems and the principles of design methods.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00  
Exam 1 70.00 2 hour exam
 
Advanced Food Processing (spring): 10 credits
Education Aims:
  • To familiarise the students with emerging technologies and future trends in food manufacturing
  • To develop understanding of food industry needs, global food security challenges and regulatory demands and ways to address them
  • Students will be able to use this new knowledge to design process to enhance the quality of food products, to develop new food processing operation and to improve existing traditional food processing technologies.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture   1 week 2 hours
Tutorial   1 week 1 hour

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20.00 group presentation + report
Exam 1 80.00  
 

 

Research and Design Project (summer): 60 credits

The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff. MSc Students chose a theme from the following:

  • Energy Engineering 
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainable Process Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering

Projects are then allocated within these themes.

 

Optional modules

Process Risk and Benefit (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: The module will explore decision making in the presence of uncertainty Risks of particular interest are those associated with large engineering projects such as the development of innovative new products and processes. The module will presents and interpret some of the frameworks helpful for balancing risks and benefits in situations that typically involve human safety, potential environmental effects, and large financial and technological uncertainties. Case studies will be used to illustrate key points and these will centre around the use and recovery of plastics, metals, industrial minerals and energy.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Tutorial 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20.00 8 page report
Coursework 2 20.00 10 minute presentation with Q and A
Coursework 3 30.00 25 page business plan
Coursework 4 15.00 10 minute presentation with Q and A
Coursework 5 15.00 3 page report
 
Advanced Computational Methods (spring): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: Introduction to Matlab Programming: writing code for modelling engineering systems; script files, arrays, loops, if statements, functions, plotting; application to Finite Difference and Monte Carlo modelling methods.

Advanced features of HYSYS:

  • using the dynamics package to simulate (a) fluid flow in tanks in series (b) the control of a separator drum;
  • students devising their own steady-state question.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 2 60.00 Written report on student's Hysys simulations. c.10 pages including text and computer output.
Coursework 1 40.00 Written report on student's Matlab program. c.10 pages including text and computer output.
 
Water Treatment Engineering (spring): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module will concentrate on water treatment technologies covering those applicable to both the treatment of wastewater and the treatment of water for potable (drinking water) use. The beginning of the module will review current practice and scientific principles in water treatment. Case Studies across the water industry will be utilised to demonstrate problems and potential solutions and gain an understanding of design considerations and operation of water treatment processes. Emerging issues in water treatment and the developing technologies to address these issues will be presented. Guest speakers from industry and 2 site visits will support the module delivery. 

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Field 2 weeks 1 week 6 hours
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Tutorial 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour

The 2 site visits (fieldtrips) will replace 2 of the scheduled 2 hour lecture sessions.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Individual report, Max 2,000 words
Exam 1 70.00 2 hour examination
 
Advanced Biochemical Engineering (spring): 10 credits
Summary Of Content: Covers the design of processes and equipment that make use of biological entities for the synthesis of chemical and materials, including the following aspects:
  • principles of mass and heat transfer in biological systems
  • sterile operation
  • bioreactor design
  • downstream processing
  • specialist instrumentation
  • regulatory environment and biosafety

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 15.00 Group presentation. Week 25
Coursework 2 85.00 Individual project, technical report, max 5000 words. End of spring semester (Week 33-34)
 
Water Treatment (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module introduces students to a range of knowledge and skills applicable to water and wastewater treatment. Students will gain an understanding in water availability, sources of pollution and the legislative framework for water quality from an EU perspective. Municipal water and wastewater treatment processes will be covered, focusing on key unit processes including sedimentation, filtration and disinfection. Example sheets and case studies on unit operations and processes will support the lecture delivery and provide an appreciation of the benefits of different plant specifications. The module will also be supported by 2 site visits.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Field 2 weeks 1 week 6 hours
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Tutorial 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour

The 2 site visits (fieldtrips) will replace 2 of the 2 hour lectures.

Method of Assessment: one 2-hour examination (100%).

 
Biochemical Engineering (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module covers underpinning aspects for bio-processing technologies including: an overview of microbes, including structure, function, kinetics and components; metabolism and biomolecules; microbial technology including industrial biosafety and reactor systems; and industrial enzyme biocatalyst technologies with applications.

 Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment: one 2-hour exam (100%).

 

Please note: students with a first degree from the University of Nottingham who have already taken any of the above optional modules cannot take the same module again.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding your masters web page for general information and advice on financial support.

Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Scholarships

UK/EU students

The Graduate School website at the University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

Chemical engineering and food science at Nottingham has a long history of collaboration with industry, our graduates consistently gaining top jobs with major companies. This course equips students with a solid understanding of food process engineering, and transferable skills in demand by employers, for the development of food processes and products.

This programme can provide a strong foundation for further study at PhD level, and the pursuit of a career in research. The University has a portfolio of doctoral training centres funded by UK Research Councils. To find out more, please visit our engineering research website.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,000 with the highest being £100,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

If you take up postgraduate study with us you will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

 

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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