Taught course

Brewing and Distilling

Heriot-Watt University · School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

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. We recognise that candidates who do not necessarily fulfil the above criteria may wish to still apply to the Diploma course. All such cases are given individual consideration. Please enquire for details and we will be happy to advise.

Months of entry


Course content

This 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.

Our series of ‘Fit for work’ events held on campus include seminars, talks, networking and recruitment exercises and involve a range of industry professionals from graduates with their own companies, to representatives from the major breweries and distilling companies.

Programme duration

MSc programmes last for one year (September to August inclusive) and include a substantial research project.

The Diploma covers the same classes as the MSc and includes a short project but lasts for just 9 months (September to May inclusive). Students admitted to the Diploma programme and who perform well in the taught courses may be invited to transfer to the appropriate MSc programme.

Core Courses -

  • Cereals, Malting and Mashing
  • Wort Boiling, Fermentation and Beer Maturation
  • Project Studies
  • Distillation and Whisky Maturation
  • Filtration and Packaging
  • Production Management

Information for international students

The course has a wide international attendance. All studies are in the English language and applicants should provide evidence of English capability.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the website
International students
Please refer to the website

A limited number of fully-funded places for applicants resident in Scotland are available for this programme. Full details of this Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funded opportunity are on our scholarships pages.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation25 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Dr J Bryce
+44 (0)131 451 3453
+44 (0)131 451 3009