Professor Mark Swainson - Academic Contact
Professor Mark Swainson is Deputy Head of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing and lead for Higher Education and Research. His industrial food manufacturing sector expertise was developed whilst working in senior Technical and Operations Management roles within the high risk chilled and frozen food industry, for suppliers of a wide range of products to the major supermarkets, food manufacturing and food service sectors. Since joining the University Mark has progressed industry based research and work with businesses on bespoke projects in order to address specific food industry needs and issues.Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
Welcome to MPhil/PhD Food Manufacturing and Technology
Where You Will Study
The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is a satellite campus based 50 miles from Lincoln in the heart of the UK’s largest food manufacturing cluster. Students are able to benefit from these close links to industry and outstanding specialist food facilities. Please note that the The NCFM campus does not have residential facilities and our postgraduate students tend to find their own accommodation locally.
How You Study
Research Areas and Topics
The National Centre for Food Manufacturing has expertise in the following areas:
- Food microbiology and safety
- Food chemistry
- Food manufacturing systems (e.g. lean manufacturing, packaging, automation)
- Food process engineering
- New product development and sensory sciences
- Food quality and safety systems
- Food manufacturing robotics
- Food industry digitalisation
- Sustainability and carbon net zero
Examples of research undertaken previously include:
- Food safety and novel decontamination techniques
- Heat processing and safety of low moisture foods
- Packaging and seal integrity
- Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Antimicrobial materials
- Quality improvement of dried fruits
- Resource efficiency of vegetable processing
- Food Safety Culture
- Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) analysis
Further insight into research conducted at NCFM can be found at: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/holbeach/research/.
How you are assessed
Postgraduate Research Enrolment
To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May. In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.
Entry Requirements 2022-23
This programme can support graduates in a range of food sector related careers. It may be especially relevant for careers in food science, product and process development, both in industry as well as in research institutes.
Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.Find out More
Research at Lincoln
Our research themes cover a unique set of areas, reflecting our role as a civic university and our aspirations to become thought leaders.
There are opportunities to get involved in exciting research projects by applying for a studentship.
Supporting your Research
Support is available across the University, offering a friendly, creative, and academically challenging research environment.