Key facts

Course Dates
10 Jan 2018
14 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
Course Provider
Aberystwyth University
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Aberystwyth University, Online
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our participants work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.

Course overview

The Biorefining Technologies course provides a detailed examination of  current and emerging technologies. You will examine the validity of mining for value added minor components whilst leaving large quantities of biomass for secondary processing; and take a comprehensive look at layered approaches to valorisation within diverse feedstocks e.g. from micro-algae to agricultural waste.

This module can be taken as a stand-alone course or as an option in the following courses:

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Biorefining Technologies course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed fundamental and practical knowledge of biorefining including pre-processing, processing and product isolation.
  • Evaluate the relative limitations and merits of different biorefining technologies such as extraction, microbial biotechnology and fermentation
  • Assess the social and societal issues associated with the application (and non-application) of different biotechnology options, and evaluate these biorefining processes via Life Cycle Assessment.
  • Communicate scientific issues to both the scientific community and other stakeholders including policy makers and the public.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered in the Biorefining Technologies course will include:

  • Thermochemical conversion
  • Enzyme discovery and synthetic enzymes
  • Microbe bio-prospecting
  • Microbiology biotechnology
  • Metabolic engineering and relating genome sequence to metabolic pathways
  • Biomass pre-treatments/upstream processing
  • Separation technologies
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Fermentation
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Design and construction of an integrated biorefinery with the application of green chemistry
  • Chemometric data analysis
  • Predicting chemical phenotype at high throughput
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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