The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type

At the forefront of the Brewing and Distilling industry for the UK.


  • Contact

    Alexander Bell

  • Telephone

    +44 (0)131 451 3548

  • Email


The course 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. 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.


Accredited by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD).

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

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.

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.

Year 3

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

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.

Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 48.% are working
  • 39% are studying
  • 2% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £22000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £19000


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

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Engineering professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Elementary occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Sports and fitness occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABBC
  • A-Levels BBC
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including a science subject
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include 5 in a science subject at Higher Level
  • HNC C in a relevant HNC – please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Additional information One science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Higher/A-Level. Mathematics is required at least at Higher C standard.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB and AABBB at Higher
  • A-Levels ABB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Biology B
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology
  • 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.
  • Additional information To include Biology or Human Biology at Advanced Higher/A-Level. Mathematics is required at least at Higher C standard.

Year 3

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

Additional information

BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,480

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

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

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

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:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.