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BEng (Honours)

Food Engineering

Part-time Engineering

Develop the skills you need for a career in food engineering with this unique course, designed with the food and drink industry.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £4,625 per year †
How long will I study? 6 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Enjoy a high quality learning experience that will maximise your employability.
  • Develop a fundamental knowledge of food engineering principles.
  • Work with well-known companies to put your skills to practice.

Food engineering blends engineering disciplines with an understanding of food and food science. It develops solutions to food design, manufacture and supply challenges whilst overcoming the unique issues that underpin safe food production.

There's a high demand for engineers in the UK. Designed in collaboration with the food and drink industry, this course will turn you into a knowledgeable and employable graduate engineer, ready to take advantage of the skills shortage in this sector.

Student view

Blyth Mkonya, first year MEng Food Egnineering student, talks about his experiences working at Mondelez International.

How you learn

Major food and drink manufacturers have helped design this unique course to ensure it gives you the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the UK's largest manufacturing sector, food and drink. By replicating real-life scenarios, you learn to create new systems and processes to deliver safe, competitive and innovative food and drink products.

You learn through

  • paid work placements
  • guest lectures
  • employability skills workshops
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials

Course leaders and tutors

Andrew Rawsthorne
Andrew Rawsthorne
Senior Lecturer

Andrew's role as Course Leader Food Engineering is to coordinate the academic coherence and development of the Food Engineering course

Applied learning

Field trips

You go on industry field trips to a range of companies, and industry professionals deliver guest lectures to provide you with the latest expertise and industry knowledge.

Live projects

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

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • food processing and production
  • process management
  • process automation and control
  • quality assurance
  • research and development
  • design
  • technical liaison
  • sales

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Arla Foods
  • Ardo UK Ltd
  • Burton's Biscuit Company
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Dalehead Foods
  • F Duerr and Sons
  • Finsbury Foods
  • Fine Lady Bakeries
  • Fosters Bakery (Staincross)Limited
  • General Mills
  • Kavi UK Ltd
  • KP Snacks
  • Maple Leaf foods
  • Mars
  • McCain Foods Ltd
  • Mondel�z International
  • Nestl� UK
  • New England Seafood
  • PepsiCo UK
  • Pork Farms
  • Premier Foods
  • Simpsons Ready Foods Ltd
  • Tate and Lyle Sugars
  • United Biscuits
  • Warburtons


Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Students will also need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Entry requirements

UK students

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and maths, plus

112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include maths and a physical science or relevant science). We accept AS levels. We do not accept general studies A level.


96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include maths and a physical science or relevant science). We do not accept general studies.

Foundation - pass from the preparatory year of our Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics , depending on academic performance

 Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a mathematics and science related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent . If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We will consider applicants who have studied other qualifications individually. Please contact us for more information.

EU and International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Engineering Principles Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Mechanical Engineering In The Food Industry Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Methods For Engineering Design Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Food Engineering Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Engineering Business Management, Environment And Society Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Instrumentation, Electrical Systems And Quantitative Analysis Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 20%

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Food Processing Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Packaging Machinery Design And Mechanics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time study in 2018/19 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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