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, profiling and quality grading for companies within the food and related industries.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,800 with the highest being £29,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
A significant proportion of graduates from this programme choose to continue to PhD degrees leading to postdoctoral research careers; others establish careers as Research Assistants/Experimental Officers in academic or research institutes or secure administrative/technical positions in the biological sciences.
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.