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 will be able to combine study and work and enhance your career.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Mon 13 March 2023

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

Why follow this course?

Automation in factory-based food production and processing focuses on food quality and safety quantization and automatic process control. Sensors have been installed to automatically acquire (acoustic, image, pressure and temperature) data from the production line. Robots and other automatic systems will then be able to use those sensor data in various operations including sorting of ingredients, assembling of discrete food products, pick-and-packing and labelling of the final products, etc. Automation in food manufacturing can be achieved at different scales, i.e. from as small as an individual 3D food printer (machine automation) to as large as a smart factory (totally integrated automation). Automation in food industry can potentially allow for a more sustainable food production system, for making full use of the resources and avoiding food loss as much as possible. In this online master’s course, you will learn about automation in food manufacturing in both theoretical and practical aspects.

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 the expert. Price: €1,230,-.


    You can complete the online master's course(s) with an exam (not obligatory). If you don’t complete the course with an exam or if you do not pass the exam successfully, you can ask for a certificate of attendance. When you successfully complete the course and the exam, you are entitled to a certificate of successful completion. The certificate is included in the course price.

    Examination dates

    • Exam: 6 April 2023
    • Resit exam: between 10 July 2023 and 21 July 2023

    Practical information

    Deadline registration

    The deadline for registration of this online master's course is 2 weeks before the start date. If you register less than 2 weeks before the start date, we will do our best to get you enrolled in the course(s) to which you registered before the start date of the course, but we can’t guarantee a timely start. Please contact the course coordinator for more information via the contact form.

    Level of knowledge

    Admission to the course requires a level of education in Food Science and Technology or related, such as Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology. Relevant work experience can be considered.

    English proficiency

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

    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 following a complete 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