This master’s 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 a 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.

Key facts

  • Your learning will be informed by lecturers from the food industry, or with food industry experience.
  • This course provides specialized 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 no. 1 research environment in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science (2014 Research Excellence Framework).
  • The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is ranked 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2018 and8th in The Times Good University Guide 2018.

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), informatics 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.


Core modules

  • Accelerated Design Training(year-long): 30 credits
  • Food Processing (autumn): 10 credits
  • Food Design and Operation Case Studies (autumn): 10 credits
  • Advanced Rheology and Materials (autumn): 10 credits
  • Research Planning (spring): 10 credits
  • Multiphase Systems (spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Food Processing (spring): 10 credits
  • Research and Design Project (summer): 60 credits

Optional modules

If you have previously studied a BEng at the University of Nottingham in Environmental Engineering, or Chemical with Environmental Engineering, you may choose a maximum of 20 credits from the modules listed below in Group 1.

If you have previously studied a BEng at the University of Nottingham in Chemical Engineering, you will also have an additional core module of Water Treatment (10 credits) in the autumn semester.

If you have not previously studied a BEng or MEng at the University of Nottingham in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Chemical with Environmental Engineering, you may choose a maximum of 30 credits from the modules in Group 1 and Group 2.

Group 1

  • Process Risk and Benefit(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Computational Methods(spring): 10 credits
  • Water Treatment Engineering(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering(spring): 10 credits

Group 2

  • Water Treatment(autumn): 10 credits
  • Biochemical Engineering(autumn): 10 credits

Please note that all module details are subject to change.For details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


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 2016, 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 £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on 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

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 7, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 year
7,785 GBP
UK/EU Fees £7,785; International Fees: £22,815
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