Food Manufacturing Management and Sustainability

Key Information


1 year

Start Date

September 2024

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool and Holbeach

Academic Year

Course Overview

The industry-guided MSc in Food Manufacturing Management and Sustainability has been developed in collaboration with food and drink industry practitioners and businesses. The programme offers the opportunity to develop and expand expert knowledge and practical skills in food manufacturing, sustainability and sustainable technologies, and innovation, all of which will underpin management and leadership capability when seeking to advance food and drink sector initiatives.

The course introduces significant and recent food trends across the supply chain, providing both a UK and international focus. The core modules are intended to address developments throughout food manufacturing and highlight how proper management can support manufacturing, innovation, and sustainability. Students have the opportunity to develop an extensive knowledge of food security and processing technologies, and develop a specialism in seafood, meat and dairy, or cereals and fresh produce.

Other exciting and cutting-edge topics that students at Lincoln have the opportunity to study include smart food processing and intralogistics, future food innovation, and leading sustainable businesses in a global context.

Why Choose Lincoln

Developed in collaboration with industry practitioners

Access to specialist industry-standard facilities

Undertake an independent research project

Hear from expert industry speakers

Develop and expand expert knowledge and practical skills

Gain a specialism in seafood, meat and dairy, or cereals and fresh produce

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How You Study

The programme takes a holistic, wide-ranging approach to food manufacturing and sustainability, acknowledging the need to optimise performance and quality in the food supply chain, to prepare students for opportunities across the internationally broad and fast-moving sector.

Following the taught element of the programme, students will undertake a research project to apply their knowledge in a real-life setting.

The programme is primarily delivered at our Lincoln Brayford Campus with some travel required to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) in Holbeach, which is based approximately 50 miles south of Lincoln. Transport is provided between the two campuses for timetabled programme delivery.

Weekly contact hours on this programme vary depending on the structure of individual modules and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent work, exploring the material covered in practicals, lectures, and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Visits to exhibitions and events, masterclasses delivered by industry professionals, and visits to industry sites are just some examples of opportunities that may be available to students throughout the course.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Food Science, Nutrition and Safety 2024-25FDS9501Level 72024-25This module typically covers the interplay between the science of food, relationship between food, nutrition and health and the strategies to ensure the safety of foods from farm to fork. The student will appraise the development of new products and the process of transfer to manufacturing to reflect food science, technology, safety, customer, consumer and other market driver demands. Students will typically appraise how scientific knowledge of food is used to sustainably transform raw agricultural produce into shelf-stable products and the impact of food components on human health. Students will consider, critique, and appraise the relationship between diet and common health problems and how this has led to the concept of functional foods. The module includes examining food safety, fraud, traceability, and authentication as well as how food policies and regulations, especially in the UK, are shaping the world of food manufacturing throughout the supply chain from source to consumer.CoreFuture Food Innovation 2024-25FDS9502Level 72024-25In a competitive environment, senior management will be expected to lead their organisation to deliver strategic benefits, and these ventures are likely to carry some form of risk. Leaders in the food industry will be expected to calculate and manage these risks. This module directs the learners through the curriculum to critically evaluate the value and potential risk of implementing innovation and how to lead the delivery of change within the organisation and the impact that it has. Learners learn to identify, create and deliver new and sustainable ways of working. Technologies, data sources and methods will be demonstrated that project future trends and emerging innovations that can be applied to benefit any organisation in the food industry. The module builds the learner’s skills in critical evaluation, risk management, and effective decision making. Learners will be expected to use effective change and project management techniques to create an active and engaging process. The learners will build a framework for delivering collaborative and sustainable innovation in organisations which typically considers the supply chain from initial sourcing to consumer which reflects the potential needs for future sourcing, constraints and evolving businesses as they adapt to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).CoreIndustry Applied Research Methodologies and Project 2024-25FDS9508Level 72024-25Students will undertake a research project from a broad spectrum of food industry options, based upon a food safety or food safety culture, sustainability, or innovation. The module provides an opportunity to carry out research to expand knowledge and develop skills.CoreLeading Sustainable Businesses in a Global Context 2024-25FDS9503Level 72024-25This module uses appropriate theories and models to analyse and evaluate the impact of the organisation on the external environment and the impact that this has on the organisational structure and strategy. Core theories and demonstrations will allow learners to evaluate and justify decisions based on a comprehensive understanding of the global social, environmental economic and ethical pressures affecting business, governments, and society. The global food system is where the science and social impacts of producing food from farms to consumers must be practically understood and assessed.CoreSmart Food Processing and Intralogistics 2024-25FDS9504Level 72024-25This module typically covers the key fundamentals in advanced manufacturing within the food industry demanding strong operation skills coupled with an in-depth knowledge of food process unit operations, food preservation, food packaging systems, hygienic food machine design, food factory design, and food process engineering. Students are expected to gain understanding of the basis of advanced food manufacturing unit operations and their applications in the food industry incorporating how traditional processes are still prevalent with new designs and automation. The students may also gain an understanding of new and novel food production operations.CoreCereals and Fresh Produce - Manufacturing and Supply 2024-25FDS9505Level 72024-25This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding regarding technologies and sustainable considerations behind the post-harvest handling and processing of cereals and fresh produce. Topics will include grain processing technologies, baked and extruded cereal products, handling of fresh produce and technologies used in processing fruits and vegetables.OptionalMeat and Poultry- Manufacturing and Supply 2024-25FDS9506Level 72024-25This module aims to provide the students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding regarding technologies and sustainable considerations fundamental to production of meat and poultry products. Students can learn about pre and post-slaughter treatment of fresh meat and poultry followed by the process technologies available for food manufacturing.OptionalSeafood -Manufacturing and Supply 2024-25FDS9507Level 72024-25This module aims to provide the students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding regarding technologies and sustainable considerations fundamental to production of seafood products. Students can learn about pre and post caught treatment of fresh seafood followed by the process technologies available for food manufacturing. Students are expected to gain understanding of food manufacturing including, chemistry, nutrition and quality. Process technologies including the development of automation and digitalisation activities are introduced.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

Specialist Facilities

The University's National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is based in Holbeach, in south Lincolnshire. It provides specialist facilities and industry-standard equipment, including analytical laboratories with a test kitchen and sensory testing suite, a technician training centre, and processing facilities. It supports industry innovation, productivity, and growth within the sector, working closely with industry partners.

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How you are assessed

A variety of assessment methods are used during this course including essays, in-class tests, case studies, scientific reports, poster and oral presentations, and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop the skills that will be needed for a career in the sector.

What Can I Do with This Degree?

This programme is designed to prepare students for a career in one of the world’s largest manufacturing industries. Food manufacturers, producers, and retailers are large employers, as are government departments that develop food policy. Graduates may pursue careers in operations, processing, marketing, distribution, and plant supervision, as well as technical, process, and product development. Some may choose to pursue research and PhD pathways.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants are required to have, as a minimum, a lower second (2:2) class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification.

Students' undergraduate backgrounds may be in a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, food science and technology, biology, agri-food, supply chain management, food operations, and sustainability. If you are unsure if your background is suitable, please get in touch with the Programme Leader.

We will consider applicants from non-related degrees with relevant experience. Vocational and professional qualifications will also be considered. Applicants on this route will benefit from having a minimum of 2 years' food/drink industry experience and having been employed in a managerial or supervisory role in food manufacturing or a related industry.

GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above are required. Equivalents, including Functional Skills Level 2 or IELTS, are accepted.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.


If an applicant holds qualifications in a non-related subject area, then an interview may be conducted to assess their suitability for the course before the offer of a place can be made. It is expected that applicants will demonstrate a keen interest in food manufacturing and sustainability. To make this process accessible to all applicants, interviews will be held over Microsoft Teams in most cases.

Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Academic Contact

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Leader.

Vanessa Sutton

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

Upcoming Postgraduate Events
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