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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Food Process Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng BEng Food Process Engineering - undergraduate degree


The modern food and drinks industry relies heavily on a variety of engineering processes, such as reaction engineering, solid/liquid separation, milling, process control and product handling.

At present, the industry has a significant shortage of skilled process engineers in these areas, so this course is designed to produce graduates with the appropriate knowledge and skills who wish to pursue a career in various areas of the food processing industry, such as ingredient and product storage, brewing, product handling, food safety and quality assurance, manufacturing process control and project management.

This course is taught jointly by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and the School of Food Science and Nutrition. Both schools have an excellent reputation for the quality of their teaching and research, so you will benefit from research-informed teaching designed to provide cutting-edge skills and knowledge, all of which will help you with a successful career in food processing.

In year one, you will be exposed to the fundamental science and mathematics underpinning a wide range of food process engineering concepts. In later years, you will go on to study more specialised topics, such as process modelling, food safety and nutritional properties (year two), production engineering, biotechnology and food design principles (year three), advances in food manufacturing techniques, process control and food quality assurance (year four).

Although there are smaller projects in earlier years, you will carry out a major team design project involving a food processing plant in year three, while MEng students undertake an individual food industry-oriented research project in year four.

Application deadline: Closed for 2015 entry. Applications for entry in 2016 can be made via UCAS in September 2015.

UCAS Code: H732 (MEng, BEng) or H737 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees (2015): UK/EU: £9,000; International: £18,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships (2015): Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.


The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules. 

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2016 it will give you a flavour of what you will study. 

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 10 or 20 credits.

This is an indicative list and actual content can vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Careers in the field of food process engineering are wide ranging and employment prospects are excellent. The food and drinks industries are currently experiencing a significant shortage of qualified skilled engineers, so you could expect to secure a position in, for example, ingredient and product storage, brewing, product handling, food design, food safety and quality, manufacturing process control, project management and other process operations.

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every chance to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

AAA at A-level including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

Advanced Diploma: Grade A with an appropriate amount of Mathematics and either Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics, and Chemistry or Physics.

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page will give you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. Our applicant days give you the opportunity to meet our academic staff and students, take part in group activities, find out more about your course, and to tour the University and the school, which includes demonstrations in our laboratories.

You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one discussion with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to have your questions answered, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

MEng only
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 6542.