Master's Course Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Flow and Pinch Analysis

Enhance your expertise in environmentally friendly and efficient food production methods. Evaluate technologies for raw material, water, and energy efficiency, and learn about sustainable process system design. Balance your studies and work, and advance your career in the food industry. Join now and drive positive change in sustainable food production.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

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?

In the online master's course, we will explore the impact of different choices in food production and processing methods. We will focus on evaluating existing and new technologies using appropriate instruments and designing process systems optimising using resources such as materials, water, and energy.

This course will provide two analytical evaluation tools:

1. Analysis of mass and energy flows in a process system

2. Pinch Analysis, which assesses the efficient use and re-use of energy

We will apply these instruments to various food production systems, ranging from the large-scale supply chain and factory level to specific product and unit operations.

Programme & topics

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

    What you'll learn

    • Prepare Sankey diagrams for the visualisation of mass and energy flows.
    • Apply pinch analysis for the overview of heat requirements and optimisation of re-use of heat in complex production systems.

    Capstone project

    After completing two or more courses, 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. Here 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/or Micro-credentials. The certificate is included in the course price. The date of examination is 03/04/2025 (3 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 at the website for Dutch nationals, EU nationals or nationals outside EU/EFTA respectively.

    Micro-credentials and Edubadge

    Upon successful completion, a digital Micro-credentials scertificate (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 our suggestions:

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