Food Packaging PGCert

Food Packaging PGCert

Part-time: 24 months


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...

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

Due to industry involvement, the Postgraduate Certificate in Food Packaging will run subject to minimum levels of student interest. If you are interested in enrolling on this programme, please email us at and we will keep you informed.

About this course

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


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2020 entry will be available from the end of May 2020.


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Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

The fees displayed here are per course. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.


Part time: £3,470*


Part time: £3,470 *


Part time: £6,790 *

* You pay 50% of your fees in Year 1 and 50% of your fees in Year 2. 


Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 and 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

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.

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English Language Requirements

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How to Apply

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

Due to industry involvement, the Postgraduate Certificate in Food Packaging will run subject to minimum levels of student interest. If you are interested in enrolling on this programme, please email us at and we will keep you informed.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

If you are applying for an individual CPD module, you should apply via our CPD webpages