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Brewing and Beverage Technology

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The Bachelor's program Brewing and Beverage Technology deals with the engineering, biological, technological and biochemical processes of beverage production and brewing.

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)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The Bachelor's program Brewing and Beverage Technology covers both scientific and engineering aspects of brewing beer and general beverage production. Further central contents are quality assurance, general operating technology and business administration in the beverage industry. Topics are e.g.:

  • Purchasing and assessment of raw materials
  • Organization and optimization of various production steps for the manufacture of beverages
  • Implementation of quality assurance systems
  • New construction or conversion of production plants and supply facilities
  • Control of analytical and sensory product properties
  • 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 designed as a full-time study program. The standard period of study is six semesters (180 credits). Most of the modules to be completed are compulsory modules (164 credits). The Bachelor's program is divided into the following sections:  

Basic and orientation examination (1st – 2nd semester): A sound scientific understanding is created in this training section. The basic subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Bachelor's examination (3rd - 6th semester): This part of the program focuses on engineering sciences and brewing and beverage technology. Important subjects in the Bachelor's examination are e.g. technical mechanics, apparatus construction, biochemistry, microbiology, brewery plants, raw material and wort technology as well as yeast and beer technology. Laboratory internships combine theory and practice.

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 Bachelor's program Brewing and Beverage Technology are able to …

  • produce beverages and to test them analytically and sensory
  • understand and monitor manufacturing processes
  • plan brewery plants
  • apply fermentation techniques for the production of beer
  • select and test raw materials for beverage production
  • analyze the economic efficiency of manufacturing processes

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Most students continue their studies after completing the Bachelor's degree with the consecutive Master's degree in Brewing and Beverage Technology. Graduates find jobs mainly in the beverage industry, breweries or malting plants, but also in the food and chemical industries, as well as in plant construction. The possible tasks in the later occupation could be:

  • Organization, monitoring and optimization of production processes
  • Quality assurance during ongoing production operation
  • Organization of the associated operating technology
  • Planning and projecting of new plants
  • Development of new manufacturing processes
  • Purchasing 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)

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  

In detail:

How do I apply? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

How does the application process work? [Bachelor]

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

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 an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

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

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

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 wish 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 before the application deadline.

Please also submit the other required documents by the end of the application deadline so we can process your application.

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.

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Application period for the winter semester: 15.05. – 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

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?

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. 

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