Department of Engineering

Food: Product and Process Design

After Graduation


Career paths

Graduates of the Master’s course predominantly work for agricultural, commercial or industrial businesses producing and marketing processed foods. They have the expertise required to manage industrial production or to take on responsibility for specific areas, from product development to quality management and the adaptation and innovation of production lines or systems. Our graduates are trained in using the latest technologies and meeting all relevant food safety requirements.

Our graduates can choose from a wide range of careers, e.g.:

  • in commercial and industrial food and beverage production
  • in food processing and fermentation
  • in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries with a focus on food additives
  • in agricultural direct marketing
  • in the development of new foods from regional sources
  • in the development of new process chains for food processing, preservation and packaging
  • in utilising by-products and waste streams for marketable products
  • in the development of business models for agricultural businesses and start-ups
  • in hygiene, environmental and quality management and legal management (regulatory compliance) in food production
  • in setting up development projects and innovation partnerships

Potential careers for graduates include:

  • Managing an agricultural business with a focus on processing on-farm materials of plant and/or animal origin
  • Establishing a food processing start-up with a focus on direct marketing
  • Heading a hygiene management and/or quality management department in a food processing business
  • Working in a Legal Compliance or Regulatory Affairs department in a company involved in product development and food processing
  • Management position in product and process development in food processing and processed food production
  • Design and development of food processing plants with a focus on product development and hygienic design – characterisation of the raw materials used and specification of product requirements
  • Providing advice to food manufacturers with a focus on process assessment and optimisation and hygienic issues
  • Working in food analysis labs focusing on traceability and characterisation of parameters relevant for food safety and quality
  • Self-employment as an innovation consultant for agricultural processing or for start-ups in the food industry