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Brewing and Distilling BSc (Hons)

Heriot-Watt University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary


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).

Teaching and Learning

The overall approach in the course to teaching and learning is a student-centred one, which is designed to encourage students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and development as the programme progresses. • The requisite competencies in this programme are developed through lectures, tutorials, coursework (assignments, individual projects, group projects, essays, reports, presentations, posters and dissertation) self-study, a business project and the research project. The laboratory based practical components of the programme (structured classes and research project), the work in the pilot plants, the industrial visits and placement serve to reinforce the development of subject-specific skills. The practical component of the programme, working in the pilot maltings, brewery and distillery reinforces the theory and promotes group working as a member of a small team. • Personal abilities are developed throughout the programme by small-group interactions, project work and seminars. • Approaches to teaching and learning are reviewed annually and developed appropriately in response to feedback from students, staff, external examiners and examination results etc. • Specific details relating to teaching and learning are provided in the relevant course descriptors.


The assessment policy for the programme incorporates a range of assessment types. Formative tests and other assignments are scheduled to provide feedback on performance and are used to inform further development. Coursework (continuous assessment) during courses and summative assessment at the conclusion of courses both contribute to the overall assessment and are used to measure the achievement in specified learning outcomes.


Heriot-Watt has an outstanding reputation for expertise in Brewing and Distilling, with graduates at the forefront of an ever changing industry.

The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling was formed in1990 and provides a strong partnership between academia and industry, ensuring our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowlege required for a successful career.

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of roles, from plant managers and operators to marketing and sales. Many work at the forefront of innovation, launching new breweries and distilleries and in senior roles in established companies.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,792per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBC

including Maths and a science subject for entry to Year 1.For entry to Year 2: ABB including Biology at A and Mathematics at B.


University information

Heriot-Watt University

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  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

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