MSc/PGDip in Food Production Management

General

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Program Description

Develop your knowledge and skills in food processing, quality assurance, and business management for a career in the global food industry.

  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Duration:1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Mode of study: Full-time, Part-time
  • Entry requirements: 2:2 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a natural or applied science discipline or in an engineering discipline such as chemical, agricultural or food engineering.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • UK/EU fees: MSc £9,045 – PGDip £6,030
  • International fees: MSc £25,695 – PGDip £17,130
  • Start date: September 2020
  • Course location: Sutton Bonington Campus, Jubilee Campus
  • School/department: ScienceBiosciences

Overview

This exciting and challenging degree provides science and engineering graduates with technical, operational, and business knowledge. It develops your skills for a career in food production or technical management in the food industry. 

  • Get real-life experiences through a series of visits to food industries and events, and a three-month industry placement, where you'll see the latest technologies in the food industry
  • Guest lectures from external speakers provide expertise in specific research areas or leadership in the industry.  
  • Our Food Processing Facility provides equipment and test facilities to replicate industry. Including a development kitchen, quality control laboratory and sensory analysis suite

Course content

Through a variety of lectures and practical activities, you will examine the food journey from base ingredients to end product. You will work in small groups on new product development covering quality control and management, and sensory evaluation leading to a showcase with industry judges.

You will be taught concepts on factory layout with emphasis on hygienic design, positioning and management, with insight into supply chain management and logistics.

Using real scenarios from the industry you will develop problem-solving skills and marketing strategies from industry experts. You will understand the major competitive drivers of efficiency and responsiveness and the solutions enabled by new technologies.

Research project (masters only)

Over the summer period, you will undertake your research project (60 credits) which can either be within the University or working within a company. Projects can involve practical work or be survey or literature-based. You will manage your project schedule but assistance and advice will be provided by academics within the school and/or the industrial sponsor.  The project will provide an insight into the scientific principles of food production processes or the application of modern management techniques to food manufacture. 

Key facts

  • The course is co-run by the School of Biosciences and the University's Business School
  • The Business School is an international leader in finance and management education and a research pioneer in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability
  • The School of Biosciences is ranked the number 1 research environment in the UK for food science in the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • The Food Sciences Division is well-equipped with a number of centres: EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food, National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics, Sensory Science Centre, Food and Feed Analysis Consultancy and Training Service, Microbiology Investigation Centre, International Centre for Brewing Science

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Entry requirement

You will normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a natural or applied science discipline including chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, food science, pharmacy, agriculture and food quality or in an engineering discipline such as chemical, agricultural or food engineering.

Placements

You will complete a three-month research project in the field of food production management, supervised by an experienced member of academic staff. The majority of projects involve collaboration with the food industry as an industry placement within a company.

Previous students have completed placements with Kellogg’s, Nestle and Premier Foods. Dedicated professional staff work on a one-to-one basis with you to help you find and prepare for the industry placement. Academic support is also provided throughout the process in order to maximise research outcomes.  

The project will provide an insight into the scientific principles of food production processes or the application of modern management techniques to food manufacture. Some example projects:

  • Study of the rheological properties of ice cream at Unilever
  • The development of baked moreish snacks at United Biscuits 
  • Reduction of sugar level in soft drinks and natural sweetener replacement at Cott Beverages
  • Develop a new liquid chicken bouillon at Nestle
  • Usage and attitude study analysis of tea based on the UK market 
  • Improve traceability systems at Kellogg’s
  • Improve labelling, product specification, and supplier management at JK food

Course structure

This course is divided into three parts:

  • 120 credits of taught modules in both the autumn and spring semesters
  • 60 credits research project in the summer.

To obtain a masters, a total of 180 credits is required. A diploma can be awarded to students who choose to take only the taught element worth 120 credits.

In the autumn semester and spring semester, students take taught modules normally consisting of 60 credits of food sciences modules and 60 credits of management modules, although some flexibility is allowed to take into account the different backgrounds of students on the course.

Core modules

  • Quality Management and Quality Techniques for Industry
  • Factory Design and Operations for Food Production
  • Postgraduate Research Project
  • Core Skills and Technologies of Food Manufacture
  • Food Manufacturing Case Studies
  • Supply Chain Management

Optional modules

  • Managing Operations
  • Managing Projects
  • The Global Food Industry
  • Food Flavour

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. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.

Careers and professional development

Careers

Food manufacture is one of the world’s largest industries, offering a broad range of career opportunities to science and engineering graduates in production or technical management within this industry.

The course is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue careers in food companies, including roles such as quality assurance manager and sensory scientist, as well as those planning to advance to higher research degree (PhD) study.

Employers of our graduates include Unilever, Nestle in China and GSK.

Occupations of our graduates include:  

  • Head of Product Development: Margarine, Oils and Fats SENNA
  • Nahrungsmittel GmbH & Co KG, Austria
  • Associate R&D Specialist - Product Development & Sensory
  • Senior Associate at Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy
  • Senior Sensory Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline
  • Food & Agri-Business Development Manager - MENA at Intertek
  • Business Development at Amber Resources Nigeria Limited
  • Assistant Manager, QA & Manufacturing at Maahi Milk Producers Company Limited

Average starting salary and career progression

100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £65,000.*

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

Careers support and advice

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.

You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study

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.

Last updated Sep 2020

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