Packaging Technology Management, M.Sc.

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  • 60 months
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  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


It is the aim of this course to produce high-calibre packaging technologists and managers who have the vision and flexibility to create opportunities and to solve problems effectively.

The course is relevant to a wide range of industries including:

  • raw materials producers;
  • packaging converters and printers;
  • product manufacturers;
  • packaging machine suppliers;
  • retailers.

You will benefit from the course if you are involved in the design, manufacture, specification or use of packaging.

Becoming a student on the course provides you with:

  • an opportunity to obtain a higher degree whilst pursuing a career;
  • enhanced technical and managerial skills;
  • contact with students from all sectors of the industry and the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences;
  • the potential for accelerated career development;
  • the vision to choose the most effective packaging solutions.

Successful completion of the course will allow you direct entry to the industry's professional body, The Institute of Packaging, as a full member.

There are clear benefits to your company too. Active involvement can:

  • realise employees' full potential for contributing to the business;
  • raise the technical and managerial skill levels within the company;
  • help with the recruitment and retention of high-calibre personnel;
  • provide cost-effective access to University research facilities.


Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and examinations. Modules 1-6 have a 50/50 split between the two and Modules 7 and 8 are assessed by coursework only.

The assessment will be exactly the same as for the part-time students. You will need to submit assignments and take examinations at the same time as the part-time students.

If you live outside the UK you will be able to take the examinations in your own country. We have an extensive network of organisations (Universities, Colleges and British Council Offices) throughout the world who will provide invigilation services. If we haven't a contact near you we can help you find one. The cost of invigilation away from Brunel University is your responsibility.

Your Career Development

Graduates from this programme typically work as engineers, technologists and managers in the sectors of packaging materials, packaging for FMCG and retail, cosmetics, food and drink, converted products packaging, packaging supply chain and distribution and packaging design. Students graduating from this programme have progressed to careers within world leading organisations involved in the packaging area, including: Coca Cola, Heinz, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, PepsiCo International, Muller, Zeneca Agrochemicals, Dairy Crest, SAB Miller and Bemis Packaging. A number of students who already worked in these organisations have seen, post graduation on this MSc, their careers progress into senior management, technical and developmental positions.


All four AMEE courses are accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of

Engineering and Technology (IET), providing a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Overview of Packaging
  • Polymer Packaging
  • Metals, Glass, Papers and Board
  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Operations Strategy, Quality and Reliability
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 60 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
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Admission requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification or HND or Diploma of Institute of Packaging with relevant experience. The course is designed to accommodate students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

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Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 750 International
  • GBP 750 EU/EEA

tuition fee per 15 credits.


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