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:

Key facts file

Course Dates:

10 Jan 2018

Title: Biorefining Technologies

14 weeks

Entry Requirements:

Graduate level or relevant experience

Credits: 20
Cost: £750.00
CQFW Level: 7
Course Provider: Aberystwyth University
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Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Aberystwyth University, Online
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.


Steve Chapman



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 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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