Research methods and dissertation proposal
Under tutor guidance as part of the full Diploma course, this penultimate module will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed, Masters-level research. This can be technical, creative, historical, economic, or business-focussed as long as it’s relevant to your organisation.
Throughout the module, you’ll get the assistance you need in selecting the most appropriate topic for your dissertation with substantial input from your ICATS tutor. They’ll advise on suitable areas of study that are relevant to you, as well as offering their guidance on key issues that may affect your choice of topic.
Working with your ICATS tutor, you’ll be able to get the answers you need, such as whether the information required for the study can be sourced easily, is the subject too narrow or conversely, too broad, and will it be of sufficient depth for this level of study?
This crucial module will give you a solid grounding in primary and secondary research methods and the necessary skills to complete your full thesis with sufficient critical insight.
“For graduates, the ‘icing on the cake’ is the dissertation phase. Having explored the full dimensions of Aroma Trades Studies, thereby gaining global knowledge and skills for our industry from the taught modules, the dissertation allows the individual to explore an area of deep personal interest and of relevance to their sponsor with passion. This is totally in keeping with the ethos of the IFEAT /ICATS course, by adding capability to the professional and value to the organisation.”
— Dr Tony Curtis, ICATS Principal Tutor
What is included
Studying with ICATS gives you ultimate learning flexibility. With no assignment hand-in dates or fixed exam at the end of the year, you’re free to work through your course modules at your own pace.
As an ICATS student, you’ll have the support of a tutor. Experts in their subjects, your tutor will guide you throughout your studies, giving you advice and research approaches for your final dissertation.
ICATS Learning Pack
All the course materials you’ll need are included in your ICATS Learning Package: workbooks, textbooks, monographs and sensory kit.
Focus on Industry
Research plays a major role in the aroma trades, whatever career path you choose in the industry, and having the ability to produce quality and reliable research is a highly desirable skill.
You’ll be guided through all the skills necessary to produce Masters-level research
Your research skills could lead onto further research and publication
You'll have the opportunity to focus on an area of the aroma trades you’re passionate about and explore it in-depth
Foundation science and mathematics for the Aroma Trades
Odour and Flavour language
Aroma materials of natural and synthetic origin
Flavour creation and evaluation
Fragance creation and evaluation
Application of flavouring materials in flavoured products
Application of aroma materials
Safety, Regulatory and Environmental Issues in the Aroma Trades
Operations, Logistics and Quality Assurance in the Aroma Trades
Business Environment and Marketing in the Aroma Trades
New Product Development in the Aroma Trades
Project management and the briefing process
Financial and management issues in the aroma trades