BSc (with Honors) in Brewing and Distilling (BRD)

Key points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Starting dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 Degree

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 10,250 / year

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Brewing is the process by which beer is produced. Distillation is the fermentation and purification process for the production of distilled spirits, including whiskey and brandy. Ireland’s brewing and brewing industry is experiencing rapid growth. Statistics include:

  • The growing Irish beer sector employs 2,000 people and supports thousands of farming families.
  • Direct employment in distillation will grow 30% by 2025.
  • Massive growth in microbreweries with 100 expected by 2025.
  • € 1 billion will be invested in the whiskey industry to increase market share by 300%.
  • 28 distilleries in operation or under development on the island of Ireland.

Successful brewing and distillation requires the application of scientific and engineering principles. This four-year course, which is Ireland’s first college degree in distilling and brewing, equips students with the scientific knowledge and instrumentation skills necessary to work in the brewing and still industry. Combined with modules in product development, marketing, and regulatory affairs, graduates will be perfectly qualified to work in these expanding industries. The course incorporates an industry job position in year 3 and a research project in year 4.

Special features

This is the first course of its kind in Ireland specifically designed to meet the demands of a growing industry.

  • Professional Recognition – Successful completion of this course allows for exemption from the Distillation and Brewing Diploma level exams to render the Institute of Brewing and Distillation (IBD) Institute of Brewing and Distillation Master’s level professional qualifications.
  • Industry-based work practices.
  • Access to brewing and distillation facilities as part of the course.
  • Collaboration with the industry.

Career outlook

Graduates will be experts in brewing and distillation and will gain employment in a variety of roles in the brewing and distilling industries, including production, laboratory and technical work, quality control, or product development, in large or small-scale breweries or distilleries. Graduates can even start their own business. The skills can be used globally, so there are endless international opportunities.

Program structure

  • Fundamental biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physical
  • Laboratory science
  • Quantitative methods
  • Current concepts of science
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Quantitative methods and quality control
  • Analytical techniques for brewing and distillation
  • The brewing and distillation industry
  • Yeast biology
  • Instrumentation and Control of Breweries and Distilleries
  • Brewery and distillery engineering
  • New product development, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • The brewing process
  • Raw materials for malting and brewing
  • Environmental management
  • Research Methods for Brewing and Distillation
  • Internships in companies
  • Distillation and production of brandy
  • Post distillation processing
  • Quality management for brewing and distillation
  • Management and marketing
  • Food fermentation
  • Regulatory affairs and legislation
  • Investigation project

Admission requirements

  • Students must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of education in their home country that is equivalent to a High School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.
  • Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent.

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