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Sheffield Hallam University

Food Engineering

UCAS Code: H791

Master of Engineering - MEng

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


Access to HE Diploma least 18 level 3 credits at Merit that includes Maths and Science.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths grade C and English Language grade C. GCSE Equivalencies are accepted

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Total points must include 64 from 2 A-levels or BTEC equivalent. to include at least 32 points in maths or a relevant Science subject such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science or Electronics. We do not accept General Studies. BTEC applicants: BTEC subsidiary in Engineering AND must have one of the following Science based subjects such as, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, Electronics OR a technology design subject. BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering will be accepted on its own. <br> Access to HE diploma needs 45 credits at level 3 in a relevant subject. We do not accept General Studies

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2019


Production and manufacturing engineering

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. Food engineering covers a number of areas including • mechanical engineering • process control and efficiency • automation, robotics and manufacturing systems • food science and food safety • energy efficiency.

Food engineers help to deliver innovative and high quality products to customers throughout the world. They apply the mechanical engineering study of structures, systems performance, and how fluids behave, to safely and efficiently produce food and drink. Food engineers can specialise in design, development, research, maintenance and operations such as processing, packaging, storage and transportation.

**What you study**
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.

The course applies engineering to the development, control and manufacture of food and drink products. We introduce you to engineering principles and how these are applied to food and drink manufacture. You design, implement and analyse sophisticated engineering process and control systems for manufacturing food in the most energy efficient, economical and environmentally friendly way.

**Industry experience**
You have the opportunity to go on three placements for a combined total of 54 weeks industry experience. The placements are competitively paid and an integrated part of the course. They ensure you gain extensive and varied workplace experience, as well as developing your technical and professional knowledge of equipment and processes.

Our strong links with leading companies provide real world examples for you to learn from. You also go on industry field trips to a range of companies, have access to an industry mentor who is assigned to you throughout the course and industry professionals deliver guest lectures to provide you with the latest expertise and 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.

**Course partnerships**
This course is delivered by Sheffield Hallam working in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and the Food and Drink Federation. It has received co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the Employer Investment Fund.

This course is supported by our National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering which means you can experience advanced level research by taking part in real research projects.

**Professional recognition**

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 a Chartered Engineer.


**Year one modules** • principles of solid mechanics and dynamics • principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics • mechanical engineering design and CAD • applied engineering mathematics • electro-mechanical engineering practice • materials and manufacturing engineering • three month industry placement

**Year two modules** • applied thermodynamic and fluid mechanics • maths and control • mechatronics • professional practice • packaging machinery design and mechanics • food composition, processing and safety • three month placement

**Year three modules** • project and project management (food engineering) • automation and robotics for the food industry • process dynamics and control • total quality management • food processing engineering • six month placement

**Year four modules** • MEng group project • sustainability, energy and environmental management • lean operations and six sigma • contemporary issues in food operation • finance and marketing • rheology and multi-phase flow • plus one option module

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Examinations
• Project
• Group work

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