This course is ideal if you are a practising engineer looking to enhance your career and respond to new opportunities in the food and drink industry. Designed in collaboration with the Food and Drink Federation, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and some of the UK's biggest companies, and supported by our Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering, it gives you the knowledge and skills to become a technical specialist in this growing sector.
About this course
If you are employed in the food and drink sector, this course will enhance your technical skills in mechanical, electrical, process engineering and manufacturing. You become a technical specialist applying engineering solutions for the food and drink industry.
This unique course has been designed in partnership with the Food and Drink federation, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, and major food manufacturers, ensuring it develops the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in the UK's largest manufacturing sector. By replicating real-life scenarios, you learn to create new systems and processes to deliver safe, competitive and innovative food and drink products.
The course applies engineering principles to the development, control and manufacture of food and drink products. You design, implement and analyse sophisticated engineering processes and control systems for manufacturing high quality food in the most energy efficient, economical and environmentally-friendly way.
Our strong links with leading companies provide opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills and learn of best practice from other organisations in the food industry. Industry field trips to a range of companies are available and guest lectures delivered by industry professionals help broaden your industry knowledge.
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 also learn how these techniques can improve product quality and reduce the impact on the environment, while maintaining industrial competitiveness.
Additionally, you study the requirements of cost effectiveness, financial justification and efficiency of processes. Finally you develop knowledge and understanding of management and leadership.
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 an industry advisory board.
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.
2017 entry requirements
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.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• 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.
Part-time – typically six years
You normally study on day release.
Typical modules may include
|Year one modules||
• engineering principles • engineering maths • food composition and safety
|Year two modules||
• mechanical engineering in the food industry • computer methods for engineering design • food engineering practice
|Year three modules||
• dynamics and control • instrumentation and electrical systems and quantitative analysis • engineering business management environment and society
|Year four modules||
• thermo-fluid dynamics for food engineering • packaging machinery design and mechanics • food processing
|Year five modules||
• automation and robotics for the food industry • process dynamics and control • food processing applications
|Year six modules||
• individual project • total quality management
As a food engineering graduate you can find a range of exciting and rewarding careers in the food and drink industry. Food engineers can specialise in • design • development • research • maintenance • processing • packaging • storage • transportation.
Starting salaries for graduate food engineers can be between £24,000 and £27,000 a year. With experience and increased responsibilities as an engineering director, this can rise to between £55,000 and £75,000 a year.
There is a high demand for engineers in the UK. A recent report by Engineering UK, commented that engineering companies are projected to have 2.74 million job openings from 2010 to 2020, and of these approximately 87,000 a year will require people with degree qualifications. At the moment, the UK only produces 46,000 engineering graduates each year. As a graduate of this course, your specialist food and drink engineering skills will put you in an excellent position to develop your career within the food and drink industry.
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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £4,500 per year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £4,625 per year
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