Food Packaging Technology (LMV)

Do you think of waste and rubbish first when you think of packaging?
Or do you think it an interdisciplinary subject?

The recyclability of packaging is only one aspect of many that are considered in the Food Packaging Technology course. In addition, packaging must fulfil other requirements. They should protect the food from loss of quality, they should draw attention to the product and inform the consumer, and they should enable convenient handling. In the degree course, you will gain the necessary practical and scientific know-how to design and select packaging that meets these diverse requirements. The course contents and the subsequent professional fields are just as diverse. You will deal with scientific and technical issues, with the automation and logistics of packaging processes and the economic evaluation. And finally, your creativity is in demand when designing packaging.

Brief overview

  • Degree

    Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

  • Start of studies

    Winter semester

  • Subject group
    Technik, MINT
  • Form of study


  • Admissions procedure

    free admission

  • Field of interest
    Engineering sciences, Machinery, Food, Chemistry, Design, Technology, Business
  • Pre-study internship

    Nicht erforderlich

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And what do you do with it?

After completing your course, a wide range of careers is open to you. Our graduates work in the following areas and take up positions such as developers, project engineers, group and department heads:

Food and pharmaceutical industries:
· Packaging development and assessment
· Filling technology and development
· Robotics and automation

Packaging material industry:
· Assessment of packaging materials
· Packaging material development
· Project execution

Packaging machinery industry/system engineering for filling machines:
· Application advice on the selection of appropriate systems
· Development of appropriate systems and system concepts (e.g. aseptic)
· Project execution

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Objectives and contents

The aim of the degree course is to impart skills in the fields of packaging materials, filling technology, natural sciences (mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, microbiology), technology (process engineering, design, project management, etc.) as well as economics (business administration, personnel management) and the basics of design. You will be taught the knowledge, skills and methods required for your professional activity in an application-oriented manner so that you can methodically and independently develop further knowledge on a scientific basis at any time and use it in an application-oriented manner. In the degree course, the methods and specialist knowledge required for operational practice are taught in an application-oriented manner. Didactically, we use a mixture of seminar-based teaching, exercises, case studies and internships.

Projects integrated into the study programme and the practical phase aim to promote interdisciplinary thinking and social competence. The degree course enables students to independently expand already acquired knowledge and to put it into practice in a problem-oriented manner. Graduates are able to transfer their knowledge to problems from business practice and find solutions for these problems.

Course progression

The course is divided into two parts. In the 1st part of the course, which includes the 1st + the 2nd semester, the fundamentals of science, engineering and business administration are taught. In the 2nd part of the course, which extends across semesters 3 7, we teach you subject-specific and special theoretical and practical knowledge.The course has an integrated practical phase and project work in the 5th semester. Optionally, you can also complete a course semester abroad. Another practical phase and the subsequent Bachelor's thesis make up the final semester.You can complete the practical phases in national or international companies.A stay abroad can therefore be easily integrated into your studies. 



  • Is there a suitable Master's course afterwards?

    You can follow up your Bachelor's degree with a Master's course at various universities and specialise in your chosen field.

    The Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers the 3-semester Master’s degree course "M. Eng. inDairy and Packaging Industry". For this Master's degree course, you fully meet the admission requirements with your Bachelor's degree.The course starts in the summer semester so that you can immediately follow your 7-semester Bachelor's degree course.

  • What does the degree course cost?

    No tuition fees are charged. However, you must pay a semester fee of approximately €390 per semester.The semester fee includes contributions to the Studentenwerk (halls of residence, university sports), student body, administrative costs and public transport.You will automatically receive a semester ticket for the use of public transport in Hanover (GVH) as well as regional transport in Lower Saxony. In addition to the semester fee, you will then have to pay the general cost of living.

  • Do I have to do an internship or apprenticeship before I study?

    If you have a general university entrance qualification or a subject-related university entrance qualification, you do not need to do a pre-course internship or training to be admitted to the Bachelor's course. You gain practical experience during your studies on the one hand in the internships in the university's laboratories and pilot plant facilities, and, on the other hand, in the practical phases that you complete in the 5th and 7th semesters outside the university in companies or research institutes.

    Nevertheless, 40 - 50% of our students have completed an apprenticeship before their course and thus already have a concrete idea of their future career field. The practical experience and skills from the training are valuable for the course and facilitate the transfer of the specialist knowledge acquired in the course into practice.

  • Is there an NC?

    Currently there is no NC. In the last two years, all applicants who met the admission requirements were admitted to the course. This will probably also be the case in the next application round (application deadline 15 July), but the situation in the future depends on the number of applications received.

  • Am I studying in a smaller group or in a large crowd?

    The study atmosphere in our department is characterised by small study groups and personal contact between students and teachers. In the 1st part of course (1st and 2nd semesters), you will study together with the degree courses Technology of Renewable Resources and Dairy Food Technology, the group will then consist of approximately 70 - 80 students. The subject-specific lectures from the 3rd semester onwards take place in groups of 25 - 30 students and thus allow intensive study support. 

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