The course

UCAS code
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).

Go Global

This course is currently only delivered at our Edinburgh Campus and there are no current opportunities to study at exchange partner institutions.

However, other Go Global opportunities may be available. Please contact for more information.

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.


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

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AABBC (including one Science and Mathematics at C)
  • A-Levels BBC (including two from Chemistry, Biology and Maths)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points (with Higher Level Science at 5 and Higher Level Mathematics at 6)
  • BTEC DMM (in a relevant subject)
  • HNC A in graded unit (of an appropriate HNC)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB (plus Highers AABBB including Higher Mathematics at A)
  • A-Levels ABB (including Biology A and Mathematics B)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points (with a science and Mathematics at Higher Level 6)
  • HND AA in graded units (in an appropriate HND)

Year 3

We only accept entrants to Year 3 with appropriate Associate Degrees

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £19,400

* 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).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded offer holder you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.