The programme prepares candidates for entry into the malting, brewing or distilling industries, or to conduct research. It covers a broad range of subjects, from brewing science and chemical engineering, to business studies and production management.
The quickly developing craft industry, both in brewing and distilling, requires graduates with knowledge of modern instrumentation and this programme will ensure you build the skills and know-how required to perform successfully in the industry.
The distance learning programme can be started at any time of year but runs on a six month learning cycle with materials issued in January and July. Two assignments are due at the end of April and October and final examinations take place during the first week of June and December. One course, Project and Practical Studies, involves attendance at a two-week summer school held every two years in Edinburgh.
Examinations are arranged within a local University or British Consulate.
All students are initially registered for the PG Diploma but may exit with:
- A course completion certificate - on completion of 1, 2 or 3 courses.
- PG Certificate - on completion of 4 courses.
- PG Diploma - on completion of 8 courses.
- MSc - on completion of 8 courses with an average of 50% or more and the research project course.
Two years minimum. Two to four years for completion of the PG Diploma with a further 3 years for completion of the MSc project course.
The PG Diploma is accredited by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. Graduates with the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc gain exemption from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling Diploma examinations.
Course contentDetailed course guide
Core subject areas
- Raw Materials and Wort Preparation
- Fermentation Technology and Product Analysis
- Project Studies
- Distillation and Whisky Maturation
- Filtration and Packaging
- Production Management for Brewing and Distilling
- Research Project (MSc only)
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)
Distance learning students
Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.
|Status*||Online / distance learning**|
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£1100/2400**|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£1100/2400**|
* 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.
Additional fees information
*** £1100 per course, £2400 dissertation
Tuition fee loans of £5,500 are available to Scottish distance learning students on taught postgraduate courses. Full-time distance learning postgraduate students can also access a £4,500 living cost loan. Find out more from the Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.