Food Packaging Technology (LMV)

Do you also think it would be good if packaging were more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly?

Packaging, regardless of the material used and the respective product, has become omnipresent and is taken for granted. Very few people are aware of the small technical marvels they are holding in their hands and how much expertise is involved to produce them. Every food product is different and is therefore produced and filled in different ways. The development of packaging which ensures that the product still tastes and looks good weeks later therefore combines a variety of widely differing disciplines such as materials and their sustainability, business administration, design, process engineering, robotics and microbiology. The topics of sustainability and recycling will become even more important in the future.

During the bachelor programme lasting seven semesters, you will gain the scientific and practical expertise necessary for developing packaging which meets these diverse requirements.

Brief overview
Degree Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Start of study Winter and summer semester
Subject group STEM, computer science
Type of study Full-time
Field of interest Engineering, machinery, food, chemistry, design, technology, economy
Standard period of study 2+7 semesters
Application deadline Any time via intoTECHNOLOGY

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


Authorities, associations, consulting

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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

An entry phase for international students for approximately two semesters consists of basic scientific subjects necessary in food packaging technology, e.g., English lectures in mathematics, computer science, and statistics plus German language classes. As soon as the international students reach the German B2 level, they switch to the courses conducted in German. During the entry phase students have a guest status at the Hochschule Hannover. After they reached German C1/TestDaF level they enrol regularly to the bachelor’s degree programmes.

The bachelor’s degree programme is divided into two study sections. In the 1st study section, which covers the 1st and 2nd semester, students will learn the fundamentals of science, engineering and business administration. In the following study phase, which covers the 3rd to 4th semester, students will be taught in subject-specific, theoretical and practical knowledge. A practical phase and a project work in the 5th semester are integrated into the study programme. Optionally, students can complete a semester of study abroad. An additional practical phase and the subsequent bachelor thesis make up the final semester. Students can complete practical phases in national or international companies. Therefore, a stay abroad can be easily integrated into the degree programme.


  • 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. in Dairy 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 €415 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?

    At present, 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, 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 Raw Materials 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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30453 Hannover


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