BEng (Honours) Food Engineering

Study a multi-disciplinary engineering course that opens up exciting career opportunities in the food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. This course has been developed in collaboration with some of the UK's biggest food and drink manufacturing companies and best loved brands. You gain practical experience through paid industry placements and develop specialist expertise in food engineering, food manufacturing, efficiency and sustainability.

  • Develop the technical skills in mechanical, electrical, process engineering and manufacturing needed to secure a graduate role. 
  • Gain experience working with leading UK food and drink companies on competitively paid industrial placements.
  • Build your knowledge in a range of engineering disciplines, including electrical, robotics and manufacturing.
  • Start this course in 2015 and you may be eligible for a Food and Drink Federation bursary of £2,500 (terms and conditions apply).

What is food 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.

About this course

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

During the course you are guaranteed 38 weeks of integrated, competitively paid industrial placements provided by the food and drink industry. This ensures you gain extensive workplace experience, and develop your technical and professional knowledge of equipment and processes.

Our strong links with leading companies give you real world examples to learn from. You also 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.

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. 

Key areas of study

You gain expertise in:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Thermodynamics and thermo fluids
  • Mechanical systems
  • Food processing and process control
  • Automation and robotics
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Food composition and safety
  • Process improvement
  • Business, finance and management.

You also study the requirements of cost effectiveness, financial justification and efficiency of processes, as well as developing an understanding of management and leadership.


  • Coursework
  • Group work
  • Examinations
  • Portfolio
  • Project


Typical modules may include

Year one modules

  • Engineering principles
  • Mechanical engineering in the food industry
  • Engineering maths
  • Computer methods for engineering design
  • Food engineering practice
  • Food composition and safety
  • Three month industry placement

Year two modules

  • Thermo fluid dynamics for food engineering
  • Dynamics and control
  • Instrumentation, electrical systems and quantitative analysis
  • Engineering business management, environment and society
  • Packaging machinery design and mechanics
  • Food processing
  • Three month placement

Year three modules

  • Individual project
  • Automation and robotics for the food industry
  • Process dynamics and control
  • Total quality management
  • Food processing applications
  • Six month placement

BEng (Honours) Food Engineering

Duration: 3 years

Study options: Delivery at Provider Premises, Full Time

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