Beer and Packaging Technology

Course content

The course gives a theoretical background and technological solutions for beer packaging.

The following topics are covered in detail:

Beer chemistry and analysis with laboratory exercises

Packaging Technology: lay-out, conveyors, bottling, canning, kegging, pasteurization, washing, filling, labelling, inspection


Biological Control, Cleaning & Disinfection

Packaging analyses

Visit to a medium size brewery and/or a large size brewery.

Project work in teams will be made on three topics defined in the beginning of the course. The student will make individual reports for these assignments.


MSc Programme in Food Science and Technology

Learning outcome

Students will acquire a theoretical knowledge and skills of beer packaging in order to obtain the technical skills to manage a beer packaging plant. The students will get the competences to assess packaging and cleaning processes.


  • Identify and describe the processes in a standard brewery with respect to physical and chemical changes of beer packaging and technically manage the packaging process and plant.


  • Apply concepts from chemistry and food technology to describe the beer packaging process. Reading and using original scientific literature.
  • Calculate physical and chemical processes in the beer packaging plant.


  • Evaluate the physical and chemical changes happening in beer packaging based on literature, on lectures and partly also application of observations aquired during plant visits and scientific literature.

Lectures, where a general theoretical overview of the subject is presented. Theoretical exercises that elaborate and illustrate the theoretical knowledge by using e.g. specific real-life examples. There will be mandatory weekly assignments, which will be reviewed in plenum. Practical exercises during visits to breweries and brewery-related companies.

See Absalon for a list of course literature. In general, reviews, text book chapters, and original scientific literature will be included

Qualifications within the field of beverage technology or a degree as Food Engineer including a brewery internship approved by University of Copenhagen is recommended.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
Written assignment, during the course
Exam consists of two elements: 1) Three individual project reports/assignments. 2) A final written tests with a total duration of 3 hours covering all subjects taught. Each element counts for 50% of the total marks. Each of the two elements has to be passed individually. The total of the three individual assignments has to be passed.
Only certain aids allowed

Allowed aids during written exam:  Basic calculator, book of brewing calculation formulas and dictionary.

No textbooks, mobile phones, PCs or notes are allowed.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 50
  • Preparation
  • 82
  • Theory exercises
  • 28
  • Practical exercises
  • 8
  • Excursions
  • 10
  • Project work
  • 25
  • Exam
  • 3
  • English
  • 206