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Sensory Science, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #82 (QS) ,
As the only postgraduate course in sensory science in the UK, the Sensory Science programme offered by the University of Nottingham equips students with the skills and experience to significantly enhance their employability either within a research environment or in industry.


The PG Certificate in Sensory Science offered by University of Nottingham is aimed primarily at individuals working in the food or related industries.The programme has been designed to meet a need for structured sensory science training in the UK food industry.

The course will provide you with comprehensive training in a variety of areas related to sensory science, including sensory techniques, statistical analysis, psychology, physiology and perception, and consumer studies and market research.

This course is delivered in collaboration with Campden BRI.

All modules can be taken as stand alone training courses.

Key facts

  • The Sensory Science Centre (in the school's Food Sciences group) is well known for its research and training in sensory science. It offers state of the art facilities and the only formal qualification in sensory science in the UK.
  • Campden BRI, the UK’s largest food RA, supports the food industry through training, scientific services and research. The Sensory Group at Campden BRI has substantial experiences in providing sensory services for industry.
  • The School of Biosciences is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK (for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science ) was judged to be of international quality.


Retailers and suppliers are increasingly looking to include consumer research and objective sensory tests in the product development process, as one crucial part in reducing the risks associated with existing and new product development activity.

The PGCert will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to competently conduct qualitative and quantitative consumer research and a variety of sensory evaluation methods, for companies within the food and related industries.

Programme Structure

Modules currently offered are:

  • Sensory Evaluation and Sensory Techniques
  • Sensory Evaluation - Statistical Methods and Interpretation
  • Psychophysics, Perception and Physiology
  • Consumer Studies and Market Research
  • Food Flavour
  • Practical Project (PG Cert only)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Home/EU students You are advised to apply as soon as possible as places are limited and courses may become full.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • At least a 2nd class honours degree

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9240 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    9240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9240 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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