Brewing and Distilling MSc/Diploma/Certificate
- Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
- Programme type: Taught Programme
- Study location:
SFC funded places for students resident in Scotland
A limited number of fully-funded places for applicants resident in Scotland are available for this programme. Full details of this Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funded opportunity are on our scholarships pages.
This programme prepares candidates for entry into the malting, brewing or distilling industries, or to conduct research.
Full fee bursaries: A number of full fee bursaries are available to Scottish domiciled students. For further information, please contact Kenia Fowlis-Brownlee (K.E.Fowlis@hw.ac.uk).
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.
The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.
- Cereals, Malting and Mashing
- Wort Boiling, Fermentation and Beer Maturation
- Project Studies
- Distillation and Whisky Maturation
- Filtration and Packaging
- Production Management
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:
- 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
- 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)
Fees for this programme can be found on our Tuition fees page.
Scholarships & bursaries
Alumni Scholarship Scheme
British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation Scholarship (German students)
Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
Entente Cordiale Scholarships
French nationals aged 35 or under.
Japan Scotland Association Scholarship
Japanese nationals planning to enter a postgraduate course at Masters level at a Scottish University.
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
Local Education Authority Awards
Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
SFC Key Skills Funded Places (SLS)
All applicants resident in Scotland who accept an offer for an eligible programme
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme
See Tullow website, specified MSc programmes only, available only to nationals of specified countries.
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.