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MSc in Nutrition and Sensory Science

This is a full-time taught programme designed to provide graduates working in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Sensory Science, and Culinary Arts professions with in-depth knowledge and skills in the area of Nutrition and Sensory Science.

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: Eighteen Months

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: Cognate Level 8 Bachelor (Hons) degree with a minimum grade classification of H2.2 or equivalent. Typically, students will come from a scientific background however candidates with relevant experiential learning will also be considered.

Places: 16

Fee: 

€5,950

Why Study?

The MSc in Nutrition and Sensory Science focuses on the role of Nutrition and Sensory in Science.

It is for graduates who have already developed a real interest in science and food and are aiming to build on their knowledge, and to improve their practical knowledge and sensory skills in this burgeoning area of study.

This Masters programme is designed to provide students with evidence-based practice, and a firm grounding in the scientific method in the context of Nutrition and Sensory Science.

The course is based on the latest scientific research and covers:

  • Statistics for Sensory Science
  • Sensory Techniques for Nutrition Research
  • Food Packaging and Marketing for Product Development
  • Principles of Food and Nutritional Science
  • Consumer and Trained Panel Sensory Science
  • Research Methods

Students will also complete two Applied Research Projects.

This is currently the only postgraduate course in Nutrition and Sensory Science being offered in Ireland.

The programme is delivered via blended learning and has been designed to suit those that are already in the workplace as it can be completed on a part-time basis.

Programme Modules

Semester 1

  • Principles of Food and Nutritional Science (5 credits)
  • Consumer and Trained Panel Sensory Science (5 credits)
  • Statistics for Sensory Science (year-long, 5 credits)
  • Research Methods (yearlong, 5 credits)
  • Research Project 1 (yearlong, 30 credits)

Semester 2

  • Food Packaging and Marketing for Product Development (5 credits)
  • Statistics for Sensory Science (year-long, 5 credits)
  • Research Methods (year-long, 5 credits)
  • Research Project 1 (year-long, 30 credits)
  • Sensory Techniques for Nutrition Research (5 credits)

Semester 3

  • Research Project 2 (30 credits)

Career Opportunities

Students successfully completing the MSc in Nutrition and Sensory Science at GMIT will enjoy an exciting and diverse career field.

Career opportunities in this field are developing rapidly for graduates with advanced skills in training consumer panels and trained sensory panels.

Employment opportunities are similar at a local, regional and national level.

These roles include:

  • Sensory Scientist
  • Sensory & Consumer Scientist
  • New Product Development Technologist
  • RD&A Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Technologist
  • Digital Consumer Insights Analyst
  • Digital Food Media Associate
  • Research Officer in State Agencies and Higher Education Institutions
  • Advisory roles in Nutrition, Sensory, and Taste Sciences
  • Self-employment (consultant, entrepreneur)
  • Lecturer in Higher Education
  • Post Graduate Researcher
  • Graduates will also be eligible to pursue research PhD programmes in a range of areas.

Essential Information: 

Start Date

This course is scheduled to commence in September 2021 (date to be confirmed).

How to apply

Apply directly to GMIT using GMIT's Online Admissions system, selecting Application Type L9.

The closing date for applications is expected to be 31 August 2021.

Please Note

All students will require Garda Vetting.

Contact Us

Dr Lisa Ryan

Head of Department of Sport, Exercise, and Nutrition

Email: lisa.ryan@gmit.ie 

Tel: +353 (0)91 742556

 

Dr Clare Gilsenan and Dr Paula Conroy

Programme Co-ordinators

Email: Clare.Gilsenan@gmit.ie / Paula.Conroy@gmit.ie