Sensory Science MRes


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MRes Sensory Science
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Other requirements

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Sutton Bonington Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


As the only masters course in sensory science in the UK, this programme equips students with the skills and experience to significantly enhance their employability either within a research environment or in industry.
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This is the only master’s course in sensory science in the UK. You will acquire skills and experience on completion which will significantly enhance your employability either within a research environment or in industry. The intensive, modular nature of the part-time route also makes it easily accessible if you are currently working in the food and allied industries.  

In addition to course fees, both full-time and part-time options require industrial support and sponsorship for completion of your research project. Please provide details of industrial support and sponsorship along with a project proposal with your application.

Key facts

  • The course is co-ordinated by the Sensory Science Centre, within the school's food sciences group - the highest rated University Food Sciences Research Group in the UK, based at the Sutton Bonington Campus. 
  • The school 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.

Course details

This course aims to: 

  • provide a sound theoretical background that underpins the multidisciplinary field of sensory science 
  • develop ability to critically evaluate published scientific papers
  • teach students to plan experimental sensory programmes and report and interpret sensory data 
  • immerse students within a research environment thereby developing the skills necessary to undertake independent research.

The award of MRes requires 180 credits in total for completion. 

The course is divided into a taught element, followed by a research project to be carried out either within the University's own Sensory Science Centre (full-time route) or within industry (part-time route). In each case funding for the research project needs to be provided by an industrial sponsor. 

Course venue 

The school is based on the Sutton Bonington Campus, a self-contained site only 20km south of Nottingham. The campus has its own accommodation, sports centre, social amenities and state-of the art teaching and research facilities dedicated to the study of biosciences. The campus is also the location of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Altogether there are over 2,000 students on campus, undergraduate and postgraduate, from over 30 countries.

Sutton Bonington is an easy bus or car journey to University Park Campus and Nottingham City, with free bus service connections between campuses. Two other major UK cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7km away, plus there are fast rail links to London close by.



 For more details please see links to the University's module catalogue

Taught modules


Optional (20 credits required)

Or you can select modules from the University's Graduate School training programme.

Research Project

Your project will be carried out in the Unversity's own Sensory Science Centre at Sutton Bonington Campus (full time students) or your own place of work (part-time students).  

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



UK/EU students

The University's Graduate School provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94% 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 £24,495 with the highest being £37,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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