Sensory evaluation – an introduction, live online tutor-led training course

Optional IFST Foundation exam will take place from 1000 - 1045 hours on 18 September 2024 - this will be remotely delivered and invigilated (exam is included in the course fee).


16 September 2024
9 December 2024


Members - £645 + VAT
Non-members - £830 + VAT



Delegate feedback (2023&2024):

  • Very Good, tutor was very knowledgeable and presented the information in a way that was easy to understand. 
  • Tutor very knowledgeable on each topic.
  • Very engaging, good directions. Explained everything very well.
  • Really good explanation and descriptions of the agenda items. Course flowed well and the breaks were in good places with practicals throughout to keep up engagement.
  • Course was taught really well and at a good pace, nice split of theory and practical.
  • Brilliant tutor, aura of knowledge and expertise.
  • Very helpful and the practical exercises kept the course interesting.
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Benefits of attending

This live, interactive online course provides information on principles of sensory science, the human senses and how they are used in sensory evaluation practices, sensory methodology and best practice when conducting these methods. Typical attendees usually include those with basic knowledge or who are new to sensory science. They will gain an understanding of the importance of objective sensory evaluation activities in the food  and drink industry. Attendees will also get the opportunity to gain a qualification in Sensory evaluation (IFST accredited – foundation level).

The course will be delivered live online over the course of a day (0900 - 1700 hours approx),  participants will be sent log in details for a Microsoft Teams session. Samples will be posted in advance to participants for the practical sessions.

Courses are limited to 12 people to ensure an interactive and engaging course for all participants.

Training Course content

  • Introduction to sensory science - definitions, applications and benefits
  • Physiological and psychological aspects of perception - the human senses
  • Practical considerations for sensory testing – best practice, facilities and assessors
  • Basic requirements of sensory functions
  • An introduction to the three main types of methodology in sensory science and its uses
  • A brief introduction to sensory statistics and interpretation of terminology


Course aims

  • To provide an introduction to the principles of sensory science
  • To show practical demonstration of the screening process when using sensory assessors
  • To highlight the importance of conducting best practice
  • To show the differences in sensory methods using demonstrated practical activity
  • To understand how quality systems can be used within a sensory function
  • To introduce statistical terminology and how statistics are used in Sensory Science.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the course you will be able to:-

  • Recruit a sensory panel
  • Screen new assessors to determine their sensory acuity
  • Use new training techniques gained on the course to get the best out of your panel
  • Explain why best practice is important
  • Define the differences in the three main categories of sensory methodology and its uses
  • Understand the basic sensory statistical terminology used and how to interpret it
  • Have the opportunity to demonstrate competency and awareness by taking the foundation exam

This course can be customised and is available in house - please contact for more information.

Event Director - Sue Purcell

Related training

Sensory evaluation workshop (IFST accredited – intermediate level)

Further information

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