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School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Food Process Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng BEng Food Process Engineering - undergraduate degree


This course will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a successful engineering career in the food and drink processing industries.

The modern food and drink 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 can expect to pursue a successful career in various areas of the food processing industry.

Leeds has a wide-ranging reputation for the quality of its research in both food science and process engineering. Therefore, you will benefit from research based teaching designed to provide you with cutting-edge skills and knowledge, all of which will help you to pursue a successful career in food processing.

This course is taught jointly by the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, which ranks highly in the league tables and the School of Food Science and Nutrition, which is ranked 2nd in the Complete University Guide for Food Science.

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 or 4 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September 2014
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000 International: £16,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships and bursaries worth up to £8,000 available.

2015 entry
This course is available for entry in September 2015.
Fees and scholarships: tbc.


The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

In year 1, you will be initially exposed to the fundamental science underpinning a wide range of food processing concepts, including mass and energy balances, heat transfer, mathematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and microbiology.

In later years, you will go on to study more specialised topics such as process modelling, engineering science, food safety and nutritional properties (year 2), production engineering, biotechnology and food design principles (year 3), food manufacturing techniques, process control and food quality (year 4).

You will carry out a major team design project in year 3, while MEng students undertake an individual industry-orientated research project in year 4. There are also opportunities for relevant summer and year-long industrial placements.

Typically, year 3 projects include the design of plants for processing and producing a range of foodstuffs and drinks. Individual research projects in year 4 focus on specific research aspects and are normally industry-orientated.

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 positions in areas such as ingredient and product storage, brewing, product handling, food design, food safety and quality, manufacturing process control, project management and other process operations.

Entry requirements

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.

Engineering Diploma: Grade A (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry).

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.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of alternative UK and international qualifications.

English language requirements: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification.

How to apply

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

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.