Taught course

Brewing and Distilling (Distance Learning)

Heriot-Watt University · School of Life 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. Candidates who do not necessarily fulfil the above criteria may wish to apply to the Diploma programme. All such cases are given individual consideration.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The programme prepares candidates for entry into the malting, brewing or distilling industries, or to conduct research.

All students are initially registered for the PG Diploma but students may exit with:
  1. A course completion certificate - on completion of 1, 2 or 3 courses.
  2. PG Certificate - on completion of 4 courses.
  3. PG Diploma - on completion of 8 courses.
  4. MSc - on completion of 8 courses with an average of 50% or more and the research project course.
This programme is available part-time by distance learning and full-time on campus. The distance learning programme can be started at any time of year but runs on a 6 month learning cycle with materials issued in January and July, 2 assignments due at the end of April and October and final examinations during the first week of June and December.
One course, Project and Practical Studies, involves attendance at a 2-week summer school held every 2 years in Edinburgh.
Examinations are arranged within a local University or British Consulate.
Programme duration
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.
Professional recognition
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.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Hill A E
+44(0)131 451 3458