Master's Course Automation in Food Manufacturing

Are you a student studying food science & technology or a professional in the food industry? Do you want to strengthen your expertise and knowledge about automation and manufacturing innovations for the food industry?

In this online master's course, you will learn about automation in food manufacturing in both theoretical and practical aspects. Since this course is part-time, you can combine study and work and enhance your career.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Mon 10 March 2025

Duration 4 weeks (20 hours per week).
Price EUR 1,230.00

Registration deadline: 10 February 2025

Exam date: 3 April 2025

Please note that the dates for the academic year of 2024-2025 are yet to be confirmed, so they might still change.

Why follow this course?

Discover the benefits of enrolling in our Automation in Food Manufacturing course. This course emphasises using automation in food production and processing to ensure high-quality and safe products. Through the installation of sensors, data such as sound, images, pressure, and temperature can be collected from the production line. Robots and automated systems utilise this data for ingredient sorting, product assembly, packaging, and labelling tasks.

Automation in the food industry can be implemented on different scales, ranging from individual 3D food printers to fully integrated intelligent factories. By embracing automation, we can create a more sustainable food production system that maximises resource utilisation and minimises food waste. Join us for this online master's course to gain practical and theoretical knowledge in food manufacturing automation. Stay ahead of the curve in this transformative industry.

Programme & topics

The online master's course consists of online knowledge clips, digital exercises and an individual assignment. All information will be provided on Brightspace.

What you'll learn

  • Describe the purposes and limitations of automation in food manufacturing
  • Analyse how sensor data is acquired and processed for automation purposes
  • Assess different automatic process control methods
  • Apply simple data processing techniques such as visualization and classification

Capstone project

After completion of two or more courses, there is a unique opportunity to apply what you have learned. You can start a capstone project in consultation with a Wageningen expert in the field. It is a tailor-made project, where you will write a short paper about your results and conclusions. During this work, you will be coached by an expert. Price: €1,230,-.


Participation in the remote proctored exam is optional. If you decide not to participate in the exam, you do not qualify for a certificate and/orMicro-credentials. The certificate is included in the course price. The date of examination is 04/04/2025 (4 April 2025).

Practical information

Level of knowledge

To be able to participate in the course, you are expected to have at least a BSc level of education in Food Science and Technology or a related field, such as Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology.

English proficiency

The language of instruction of this course is in English. Admission to the course requires a level of English as defined on the website for Dutch nationals, EU nationals or nationals outside EU/EFTA respectively.

Micro-credentials and Edubadge

Upon successful completion, a digital Micro-credentials certificate (EduBadge) with 3 study credits (ECTS) is issued.

The EduBadge certifies the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, marking the quality of a course. More information can be found here.

Combining courses

When you want to learn more about food biotechnology and processing, other courses are interesting for you too! You can deepen your knowledge in a specific career field without completing a master's programme. You can register for any combination, but these are some of our suggestions:

Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Flow and pinch analysis

Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Exergy analysis

Predicting Food Quality - Theoretical principles of modelling

All online master's courses food technology