Food Packaging (PG Cert)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
PG Cert

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

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About Food Packaging at Newcastle University

Our Food Packaging PGCert focusses on innovation, traceability and design of food packaging in the food suppliers industry.

You will be suitable for this course if you are:

  • a packaging technologist
  • a production supervisor
  • a packaging developer
  • wanting to undertake food packaging projects.

About this course

The PG Certificate consists of three modules:

  • current issues in food safety, security and packaging
  • food packaging interactions
  • food packaging and sustainability.

The modules will include presentations from key industry figures in packaging safety and regulation. Industrial case studies will be used to present the strategies and solutions to current issues, helping you gain a deeper insight into the application of how theory and practice meet in real world scenarios.

It is also possible to study modules individually as part of Continuing Professional Development. 

Current issues in food safety, security and packaging

This module focusses on:

  • product losses through spoilage, contamination or physical damage
  • shelf life extension
  • consumer acceptance, engagement and interaction
  • environmental impact
  • health impact
  • maintenance of supply chain integrity and fraud control.

What you’ll learn

You'll develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • current and novel materials used for food and beverage packaging
  • analytical procedures for quality control and regulatory compliance
  • smart and intelligent packaging solutions
  • evaluation of consumer interaction and engagement
  • drivers for sustainability and circular economy.

Your development

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • assess and analyse the main risks to consumer health and environmental quality
  • identify and apply potential solutions to contemporary issues in food and beverage packaging
  • critically reflect on the implementation of new knowledge and skills.

Food packaging interactions

This module focusses on:

  • interactions between food products and packaging materials
  • health risks of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) present in food and drink
  • evaluation of packaging performance and NIAS in food and drink
  • strategies to mitigate NIAS migration from food contact materials
  • the regulatory environment relating to food contact materials
  • innovations in food contact materials – nanomaterials and sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals, new plastics
  • packaging risk assessment –toxicity testing strategies.

What you’ll learn

You'll develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • the interactions between food products and packaging materials leading to elevated levels of NIAS
  • the impact of NIAS on food quality, safety and consumer health
  • strategies to monitor and control NIAS in food matrices
  • the regulatory and policy frameworks to protect consumers from NIAS derived from packaging interactions.

Your development

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • assess and analyse the risks posed to product quality and consumer health by NIAS present in food and drink products
  • critically discuss the procedures to evaluate novel packaging applications for food and drink
  • critically discuss the strategies required to ensure compliance with current legislation
  • identify and apply potential solutions to contemporary issues in food and beverage packaging.

Food packaging and sustainability

This module focusses on:

  • the behaviour, fate and impact of packaging materials on the environment 
  • Life Cycle Analysis and environmental impact assessment
  • sustainability, waste minimisation and the Circular Economy
  • contemporary processing methods and practices for food and drink packaging
  • practices for performance evaluation of food and drink packaging
  • the regulatory environment relating to packaging and sustainability
  • future trends in sustainable packaging – achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • risk management and other long-term strategies for effective decision making in the choice of packaging materials 
  • packaging end-of-life behaviour and the role of the design stage to minimise environmental impact.

What you’ll learn

You'll develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • the materials used for food and beverage packaging and their environmental impacts
  • the regulatory and policy frameworks relating to packaging material use and disposal
  • waste minimisation and the Circular Economy
  • packaging waste re-cycling
  • design and evaluation of alternative packaging solutions.

Your development

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • assess and analyse the main risks to the environment posed by existing packaging materials and practices 
  • critically evaluate potential strategies to increase the sustainability of food and drink packaging
  • identify and apply potential solutions to contemporary issues in food and beverage packaging.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 BSc honours degree, or international equivalent, in any science subject. Arts and humanities subjects are not normally accepted, but will be considered if you have good relevant industrial experience following graduation/post-degree.

We will also consider applicants with non-degree level qualifications as long you also have a minimum of 5 years relevant industrial experience and are educated to at least UK HND level (or overseas equivalent).

Relevant industry experience can include such things as:

working in the packaging supply chain industries and/or

  • in a packaging role in the manufacturing
  • retail sector and food manufacture operations management/ technology
  • QA manager roles that incorporate packaging

Individual student qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

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