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Brewing and Distilling

Heriot-Watt University is regarded as one of the best places to study Brewing and Distilling. Our reputation is reflected by our unrivalled campus facilities, respected academic faculty, and the ongoing impact of our graduates in the drinks sector.  

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International Centre for Brewing and Distilling

Our International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) is a unique teaching and research facility that meets the needs of the brewing, distilling and malting industries worldwide.

In postgraduate teaching, we cover the subject from raw materials and fermentation to chemical engineering, bottling, packaging and marketing. Our courses are underpinned by a vibrant research programme and industry experience.

Links with business, large and small, provide graduates with extensive industry exposure to apply learning and provide the best preparation for careers.

We are recognised by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD).

Brewing and Distilling

Postgraduate Brewing and Distilling programmes


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Why Heriot-Watt?

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Living in Edinburgh

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.

Brewing Student Society

The Heriot-Watt Brewing Society is the student society for those who enjoy brewing, drinking great beer and meeting new people. The arrange virtual and in person beer tastings, brewery tours, guest speakers as well as member discounts.

Whisky Student Society

The Heriot-Watt University Whisky Society is a student society for all levels of whisky enthusiast. They arrange regular tastings, guest speakers and distillery trips.

Health and wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Services aim to provide a range of support, guidance, activities and advice to help students to be their best, and get the most from their university experience. From counselling to coaching we'll sure you are fully supported.

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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