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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

    Food Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Up to 3 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details

  • Last Updated

    08 July 2019

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 research association, 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 Research Excellence Framework 2014; 97% of our work in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science was judged to be of international quality

Course overview

This programme equips you with the skills and experience to significantly enhance your employability within a research environment or in industry.

PGCert Sensory Science 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 but is also relevant to those working within home, personal care and pharmaceuticals.

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. It is delivered in collaboration with Campden BRI. All modules can be taken as stand alone training courses.

Teaching and learning

The University of Nottingham and Campden BRI offer five taught modules which are taught as ‘stand alone’ courses. They provide an easy way to strengthen or up-date your knowledge in a particular area.

Successful completion of all five, along with a research project, can lead to the award of PGCert Sensory Science.

A formal examination and/or a piece of coursework assess each module. The flexible nature of the course enables delegates to study on a part-time basis, typically two modules a year. Most delegates complete the course in 2-3 years.

Modules are supported through the University’s virtual learning environment which provides access to a wealth of electronic resources to facilitate learning. Delegates registered on the PGCert also have full access to the University’s extensive online and in house learning resources, information services and career services.


Visit the Sensory Science (PGCert) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!




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