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Brewing and Beverage Technology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The specific orientation of the master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology makes it one of only a few study options in this specialist area. The program is rooted in engineering, the natural sciences and economics, as they relate to brewing and beverage technology.

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?

The combination of engineering and natural sciences is fundamental to the master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology, which is complemented by business administration. The program has two specialist focus areas: firstly, process engineering and process automation; and secondly, the specialization, based on fundamental principles of natural science, in brewery technology. In the master's program, these focus areas are complemented by a broad range of required electives offered in various disciplines. Required electives account for ca. 25%, allowing graduates to develop and sharpen their own individual profile. The choice of subject for the master's thesis reinforces this profile.

Experience shows that graduates enjoy excellent professional prospects on the employment market. Areas of activity can range from the monitoring of production and product quality, to the design of production facilities and associated plant technology.

The master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology is a consecutive program that directly follows on from the bachelor's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, or "WZW"). The bachelor's degree will have covered fundamental principles of the natural sciences and process engineering that, during the master's program, are broadened out in a discipline-oriented manner. The curriculum allows students to pursue and advance their knowledge of the widest possible range of areas relating to brewing and beverage technology: from the development and design of new production processes, through the optimization of existing methods of production, to the introduction and monitoring of quality control methods. In addition, equal attention is paid to the utilities found in beverage production plants. A further part of the degree concerns the analytical monitoring of product characteristics. In the traditional brewing and beverage industry too, there is a high demand for innovative products, procedures and technologies. During the course of the degree, students are specifically trained to develop these.

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

How is the program structured?

The master's program is structured as a full-time, modular degree course. The standard duration of study is four semesters. Within this time, students must complete course components that earn them 120 Credits in total. Of these, 30 Credits are allotted to the master's thesis, which is to be completed during the forth semester of study. A compulsory core curriculum, focused on deepening students' foundations in the discipline, is accompanied by an extensive offering of required electives, allowing students to sharpen their profile in accordance with their interests. Required modules support specialization in select aspects of disciplines such as brewing technology, beverage bottling facilities or beverage process engineering. Here, the integration of focus areas relating to process engineering and beverage technology becomes clear. The wide range of laboratory internships on offer helps establish a practical way of relating to the theory learned. In the context of the master's thesis, students advance their knowledge of already familiar scientific modes of working. 

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?

Students embark on the program having acquired a well-founded training in mathematics and the natural sciences during the bachelor's program. In addition, you already have a broad knowledge of the areas of process engineering and brewery and beverage technology. Once again, the focus on "Engineering and Process Engineering" takes up a central position among the requirements of the master's program. Equally, your discipline-specific profile, relating here to brewery and beverage technology, will be sharpened. The large choice of required elective modules on offer is the defining characteristic of the master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology. As such, it is above all beverage and food technology, as well as engineering and process engineering, that are prioritized. Furthermore, the curriculum is complemented by an extensive range of content relating to energy systems and environmental engineering, as well as law and economics. In addition, students further strengthen their ability to work scientifically, in preparation for future activities in research and science.

Having concluded the program, graduates are in a position to combine their knowledge of various fields of activity and apply it in a manner oriented toward problem-solving. The degree deals with 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 

 

Brewing technology:

  • Characterization and production of beverages
  • Microbiological, chemical-technical and sensory evaluation of products
  • Application of fermentation technologies
  • Monitoring the brewing process
  • Economic feasibility of beverage production processes

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

The completion of the master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology paves the way for graduates to an open employment market. You will primarily find positions in the brewery and beverages industry. However, employment in the food, chemical or pharmaceutical industry is not uncommon. The various fields of activity involved in possible employment settings are listed as follows:

  • Organization, monitoring and optimization of production processes
  • Quality control in the production plant
  • Monitoring of beverage production processes
  • Organization of relevant plant technologies
  • Planning and project managing new facilities and manufacturing procedures
  • Breweries, malt houses or other beverage industry (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 do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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.

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. 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.

In detail:

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

 Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.

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 ask you to submit the documents you need for admission within the application deadline. If individual documents for admission are not available to you in time, you can hand them in until 15.08. 

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, 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?

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.

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