Brewing and Distilling MSc/Diploma

  • Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
  • Programme type: Taught Programme
  • Study location: Edinburgh
  • Entry date: September


This programme prepares candidates for entry into the malting, brewing or distilling industries, or to conduct research.

Programme duration

MSc programmes last for one year (September to August inclusive) and include a substantial research project.

The Diploma covers the same classes as the MSc and includes a short project but lasts for just 9 months (September to May inclusive). Students admitted to the Diploma programme and who perform well in the taught courses may be invited to transfer to the appropriate MSc programme.

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.

Programme content

Core Courses

  • Alcohol Beverage Technology
  • Cereals, Malting and Mashing
  • Wort Boiling, Fermentation and Beer Maturation
  • Distilled Spirit Production and Maturation
  • Filtration and Packaging of Alcohol Beverages
  • Management in the Food and Beverage Industries
  • Research Project (MSc only)

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, candidates must hold a First or Second Class Honours Degree, or equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university, in a science or engineering subject (for example, Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Chemical/Mechanical Engineering).

For Diploma entry, candidates must hold a degree, preferably at Honours level, in an appropriate subject as defined above.   Candidates who do not necessarily fulfil the above criteria may wish to apply to the Diploma programme.   All such cases are given individual consideration.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2015 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / Non-UK EU£4980£2690
England/Northern Ireland/Wales£5880£3180

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

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