Specialisation Sensory Science

Students with a strong interest in the interaction between food and consumer perception may choose the specialization Sensory Science. Sensory food research aims to reach a better understanding of how the senses respond to food and eating, but also how our senses can be used in quality control and product design.

First year

In the first year of the programme, you will not only study the principles of sensory science and instrumental sensory science in a series of courses, but also food ingredient functionality, product properties & consumer wishes and advanced statistics for nutritionists in Wageningen.

  • Compulsory courses (CS) : compulsory for all students in this specialisation
  • Restricted Optionals (RO1) : students have to choose at least two of the courses from the RO1 cluster
  • Restricted Optionals (RO2) : students have to choose at least one course from the RO2 cluster

Course Type Period, time
MCB-32806 Advanced Sensory Methods and Sensometrics CS 2 MO
HNE-30606 Instrumental Sensory Science CS 3 Block
MCB-33306 Integrated Sensory Science CS 4 Block
FQD-60312 Product and Process Design CS 6 Block
HNE-30506 Principles of Sensory Science* RO1 1 AF
MAT-20306 Advanced Statistics* RO1 1 MO
FPE-30306 Food Structuring RO1 1 AF
FPH-20806 Molecular Gastronomy RO1 1 AF
FCH-30306 Food Ingredient Functionality RO1 1 MO
FHM-21806 Food Fermentation RO1 1 MO
FQD-31806 Product Properties and Consumer Wishes RO2 2 AF
FCH-31806 Advanced Biochemical Analysis of Foods RO2 5 AF
MCB-30806 Sensory Perception and Consumer Preference RO2 5 AF
HNE-30306 Psychobiology of Food Choice and Eating Behaviour RO2 5 MO

*Choose HNE-30506 and/or MAT-20306 if you do not have enough background knowledge.


Second year

In the second year of the programme, you will perform individual, academic research. Apart from your thesis (6-7 months), you will follow an academic internship/individual assignment or second thesis (3-4 months).

The thesis is done at Wageningen University, thesis topics in this specialisation are offered by the following groups:

For thesis topics, see the websites of the relevant groups (click on the links above).

The internship is always outside Wageningen University and can be in any country, at a university, an industry or an institute. The internship is not related to the thesis, but is under supervision of one of the same groups as mentioned above.