Food Processing

Course content

The course deals with understanding the main unit operations and equipment involved in the manufacture of foods and ingredients (i.e. mixing, heating, baking, drying, extrusion, separation, etc.), as well as aspects of sustainability in food processing, applications of sensor technology and process control.

Emphasis is on understanding the individual food processing steps with respect to obtaining optimal process conditions and desired product characteristics, and on the integration of the different unit operations in a production line.

The course also aims to demonstrate how HACCP can be employed in food processing to obtain safe foods.


MSc Programme in Food Science and Technology

Learning outcome

The overall aim of the course is to provide the students with knowledge on unit operations, equipment and production processes applied in the food industry for manufacturing of foods and ingredients.


  • Describe the principles of unit operations commonly used in the manufacturing of foods 

  • Identify how to improve product properties and sustainability in food processing

  • Identify process steps suitable for process analysis and control

  • Describe food safety management, using HACCP.


  • Apply theory to solve theoretical problems regarding process equipment, process design and optimization

  • Select measures to ensure correct process functionality (product properties, energy or water savings)

  • Analyse unit operations in the food industry and apply knowledge of physics and chemistry to them

  • Use theory to solve and explain practical problems as well as analyze process data

  • Apply HACCP for food safety management.


  • Reflect on the interplay between unit operations along a process line

  • Evaluate whether existing and/or new control strategies are appropriate in order to achieve safe and robust food products.

  • Discuss the application of different types of equipment and process steps to obtain food products with specific, desired properties

  • Be able to describe process lines for a number of foods with required equipment

The course will be based on lectures, theoretical exercises, short demonstrations and excursions may be organised. Some topics will be covered by external lecturers from the food industry. In case of excursions: minor costs for one-day excursions (e.g. transportation) are paid by the students.

See Absalon for a list of course literature.

It is expected that the student has a basic understanding of food-related physics, microbiology and food chemistry. In the first weeks, the students will be divided in two groups depending on their previous knowledge in heat, mass transport and understanding of basic food unit operations.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Expenses in relation to excursions will be subject to charge.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
Individual written examination of theoretical exercises typically divided into 3-5 exercises with subquestions, with a mixture of open questions and calculations.

The course has been selected for ITX exam
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All aids allowed

As the exam is an ITX-exam, the University will make computers available to students at the exam. Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets, calculators, or mobile phones.

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

See Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 45
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Theory exercises
  • 25
  • Excursions
  • 7
  • Project work
  • 25
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 3
No limitation
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports
Contracting department
  • Department of Food Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinators
  • Lilia Ahrné   (5-6e6b6e6b634268717166306d7730666d)
  • Franciscus Winfried J van der Berg   (2-69654369727267316e7831676e)

Local teachers from FOOD and guest teachers from industry.

Saved on the 15-11-2023

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