Brewing and Beverage Technology
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
The bachelor's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology deals with technical procedures and processes relating to biology, technology and biochemistry, as seen in beverage production and the brewing of beer.TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
Central to the bachelor's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology program are the technological, biological and biochemical processes involved in beer production, as well as beverage production, in general. Further course content of central importance relates to quality assurance and plant technology in general, as well as bottling and packaging technology.
The discipline-specific training covers a broad spectrum of subjects, including the purchase and assessment of raw materials, the organization and optimization of various stages of production, and the implementation of quality assurance systems. Further aspects of the program deal with the construction or adaptation of production plants and utilities, the analytical and sensory monitoring of product characteristics, and the development of new beverages.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:
How is the program structured?
The program is structured as a full-time degree program. The standard duration of study is six semesters (180 Credits). Most modules to be completed are required modules (140 Credits). The bachelor's program is subdivided into the following building blocks:
- Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations (1st–2nd semesters): The goal of this training block is to acquire a solid understanding of the natural sciences that provides the foundation for dealing with scientific questions. Fundamental principles in the area of biology and chemistry provide the basis above all for gradually expanding further into the fields of microbiology, biochemistry and food chemistry. Mathematics and physics comprise the foundation for further specialization in engineering.
- Bachelor's examination (3rd–6th semesters): This study block concentrates on the areas of engineering and process engineering, as well as of brewing and beverage technology. Acquired knowledge of theory is linked to practice through wide-ranging internships in laboratories. In addition, students first learn scientific modes of working, including for example during the preparation of a bachelor's thesis.
What is the language of instruction?
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is German.
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
In preparation for future employment in industry and research, students are guided step-by-step through fundamental principles of the natural sciences, into specializing in the product of beer. The first year of study provides a solid foundational training in the areas of mathematics and the natural sciences. This serves as the basis for the second and third years, in which the program's academic training in engineering and discipline-specific areas proceeds. The area of "Engineering and Process Engineering" is a central element of the program. Brewing technology constitutes a further theme in the process of specialization during the bachelor's in Brewing and Beverage Technology. Students receive an equally intensive academic training in both areas, in parallel. Students acquire these competencies progressively in predominantly required courses to be completed in a prearranged sequence, guaranteeing the continuous reinforcement of students' understanding of each thematic field of study, as well as the integration of competencies relating to both engineering and discipline-specific areas of study. The degree covers the following thematic areas:
Engineering and process engineering:
- Process engineering in unit operations
- Utilities in industrial plants
- Process steps in beverage production, bottling and packaging
- Planning and realization of brewing facilities
- Protecting products against environmental influences
- Characterization and production of beverages
- Microbiological, chemical-technical and sensory evaluation of products
- Application of fermentation technologies
- Monitoring of the brewing process
- Economic feasibility of beverage production processes
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
In addition to employment in the beverage industry, students also find positions the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, including tasks in the following occupational fields:
- Organization, monitoring and optimization of production processes
- Quality control in operating production plants
- Monitoring of beverage production processes
- Organization of relevant plant technologies
- Planning and project managing new facilities
- Development of new manufacturing procedures
- Breweries or malt houses (e.g. as plant controller, production manager, technical director)
- Research and development
- Purchase and assessment of raw materials
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How does the application process work?
Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.
You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist
Which application documents do I need to submit?
- Online Application Print-out (signed)
- Final Secondary-School Examinations (certified copy)
- Complete and Current Résumé (CV)
- Confirmations of Apprenticeships, Internships or Other Qualifications where Appropriate
- Passport (copy)
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Proof of German Language Proficiency (certified copy) - international applicants only
- Preliminary Documentation by uni-assist (copy) - international applicants only
We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?
Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.09.
An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.
Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.
You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline. We also need the documents for admission in order to process your application.
When applying with an international higher education entrance qualification, please be sure to complete the application for your VPD Certificate before 15.07. (winter semester) or 15.01. (summer semester) and submit proof of your German language proficiency before the application deadline.
Should you with to apply as a qualified professional, please submit proof of successfully completing at least 2 years of vocational training and of at least 3 years of subsequent full-time work experience.
If individual documents (except the above listed) are not available to you in time, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.
Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?
This is a program with unrestricted access. There is no selection procedure. You will receive confirmation of your application after submission of the online application and all documents in a formally correct manner by the deadline.
Please note: This degree program requires that you have completed an internship before the start of the program. (More information is available under “Internship”).
Where can I find the online application portal?
Do I have to complete an internship?
The bachelor's degree program requires 12 weeks of internship. The first six weeks of internship have to be completed before the beginning of your studies. You need to submit the respective verification until 31.10. at the very latest. For more information, please contact the internship office:
What are my options after earning this degree?
After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you can choose to apply for the consecutive master's degree program in Brewing and Beverage Technology or to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.
After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program.