Taught course

Brewing Science and Practice

University of Nottingham · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants holding other qualifications may also be accepted.

Months of entry


Course content

This one year full-time masters course prepares graduate level scientists for a career in Brewing, or its allied industries. The programme will develop technically competent and creative brewers by providing substantial hands-on experience of practical brewing, using our state of the art pilot facilities. Practical knowledge will be supported with technical know-how to ensure that our graduates understand the scientific principles which underpin the brewing process and are able to innovate, problem solve, and conduct scientifically robust experiments. The courses are taught by staff from the School of Biosciences with expertise in Brewing and related sciences, together with invited contributions from specialist Brewing practitioners; all are internationally renowned leaders within their field.

The programme ends with an innovative problem-solving Brewing project which is specifically designed to permit the skills acquired during the modules to be practised and assessed.
You will develop skills enabling you to:
  • Formulate recipes and brew a variety of beer styles
  • Brew quality beers by understanding how process conditions control the scientific principles which underpin brewing
  • Understand quality in a production context and to troubleshoot when issues or problems arise.
  • Our postgraduate courses were developed with the support of the EPSRC and the BBRSC Modular Training for Industry Scheme.
We also offer Brewing courses developed specifically for part-time study, based around your work – please see MSc Brewing Science.
Key Facts:
  • The UK Midlands region has strong historic links to brewing and our campus is situated just a short drive away from the famous brewing centre of Burton-upon-Trent.
  • Our part-time brewing courses are delivered to brewers and maltsters globally via state-of-the-art e-learning technology, whilst the full-time MSc in Brewing Science & Practice is a 1 year campus based programme. It combines the best aspects of face to face teaching, practical skills development and regular seminars, with the established excellence of the University in delivering innovative and effective e-learning.
  • The School of Biosciences is one of the largest and strongest schools of its kind in the UK. The school has consistently achieved high ratings in independent UK assessments of both research and teaching quality.
  • The Sutton Bonington Campus is a self-contained, 16-hectare site in the beautiful countryside of South Nottinghamshire and it offers a number of dedicated facilities applicable to this course.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Bioscience's web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559