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Brewing and Beverage Technology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The Master's program Brewing and Beverage Technology provides sound knowledge for engineers in industrial beer and beverage production, development and research.

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

Like the Bachelor's program, the Master's program Brewing and Beverage Technology combines engineering and natural sciences. Engineering, process engineering, product-specific and technological processes in the industrial production of beer and other beverages are expanded and deepened in the Master's program. This includes the design or simulation of processes, the optimization of existing production methods and the planning of supply facilities such as cooling units or compressed air supply. On the product-specific side, for example, enzymatic conversions in fermentation processes are investigated, modern analytical methods for the investigation of beverages are treated, and rheological methods for evaluating the consistency of products are presented. Innovative products, processes and technologies are also in great demand in the traditional brewing and beverage industry. During the course of their studies, students are specifically prepared for their development.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The Master's program Brewing and Beverage Technology builds on the foundations of the Bachelor's program Brewing and Beverage Technology. Compulsory modules include subjects such as beverage process technology, sterile process technology, beverage bottling plants, rheology, brewing technology and simulation of production systems. In addition to the compulsory subjects, students can earn one third of the credits from numerous electives and thus compile their own profile according to their interests. The Master's thesis is written in the 4th semester.

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?

Graduates of the Master's program Brewing and Beverage Technology are able to …

  • analyze and optimize production processes for beverages in terms of process technology
  • design brewery plants
  • adapt the brewing process to production-specific conditions
  • develop fermentation techniques for the production of beverages
  • select and test raw materials for beverage production
  • question the profitability of manufacturing processes and adjust production capacities
  • statistically monitor, develop and optimize production processes
  • investigate beer and beverages according to the current state of science
  • help shape research projects in the field of brewing and beverage technology

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

After completing the Master's degree in Brewing and Beverage Technology, graduates can work primarily in the brewing and beverage industry, but also in the food or chemical industry, both in research & development, as well as in production, engineering and quality management. Furthermore, functions in plant construction are possible for these branches of industry. The possible tasks in the later occupation could be:

  • Organization, monitoring and optimization of production processes
  • Quality assurance during routine production
  • Planning and evaluation of beverage and beer production processes
  • Organization of the associated operating technology
  • Planning and projecting of new production plants and manufacturing processes
  • Development of innovative, new products
  • Academic or industrial research and development
  • Purchasing and assessment of raw materials
  • Operational control, production management or technical management in breweries, malting plants or other beverage industries

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. 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.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

Do I have to complete an internship?

The Master course requires 6 weeks of internship during your studies as well as 12 weeks of internship as an admission prerequisite.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.