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Brewing and Distilling BSc

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UCAS code
C980
Qualification
BSc
Duration
Up to 4 years
Study location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Overview

The programme is organised in co-operation with senior representatives of the brewing, malting and distilling industries who are members of the Education Board of the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling, a major unit within the School of Life Sciences. It is designed to educate potential managers of the malting, brewing and distilling industries and to provide a full understanding of the science and technology of the processes involved from cereal farming to bottling and packaging. Successful completion allows exemption from the first professional examinations of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. .

Accreditation

Successful completion allows exemption from the first professional examinations of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

 
 

Programme content

Year 1

Introduces Biology largely as Human Biology with accompanying courses in Applied and Environmental Biology. Additional subjects include Mathematics for Scientists and Chemistry, as required for an understanding of future courses in Biochemistry and Physiology.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 53%
  • Practical: 23%
  • Coursework: 24%
Year 2

In addition to a focus on broad topics in Biology as described for the other degrees, the degree diverges with the introduction of Management and Business Studies.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 26%
  • Independent study: 74%

Assessment

  • Written: 57%
  • Practical: 14%
  • Coursework: 29%
Year 3

Brings specialist courses in Food and Beverage Process Technology and Microbial Biotechnology.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 24%
  • Independent study: 76%

Assessment

  • Written: 61%
  • Practical: 4%
  • Coursework: 35%
Year 4

Focuses on particular aspects of the industry, including: Cereal Technology; Yeast Biology and Fermentation; Beer Maturation; Quality; Packaging Technology; and Commercial Aspects of Brewing and Distilling. The School has a pilot plant brewery and distillery, which is used for teaching the practical aspects of the subject through project work.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 13%
  • Independent study: 87%

Assessment

  • Written: 47%
  • Practical: 14%
  • Coursework: 39%

Employability

85%
Working within 6 months of graduating
90%
In professional/managerial position

Work and study

This is what our BScBrewing and Distilling students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 85% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 90% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £18000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar programme: £18000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Process, plant and machine operatives

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABBB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • HNC C in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include 5 in Higher Level Biology
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including a science subject
  • Additional information One science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB
  • Advanced Highers BB and AABBB at Higher.
  • HNC B in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Biology B
  • Additional information To include Biology or Human Biology at Advanced Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 3

  • HND AB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£17,100

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries

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In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

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