The MRes Brewing Science is a research based degree designed for individuals seeking to gain entry into this thriving and progressive sector. This flexible course will help you develop the laboratory skills needed for a career in research and development, particularly within the food and beverage industry.
While covering the scientific principles of brewing, the course allows you to focus on a novel research-based project. Projects are targeted towards subject areas of industrial significance, potentially leading to process improvements and optimisation, as well as helping you develop a detailed knowledge of particular areas of the brewing process.
- Research projects are typically hosted within the purpose-built Brewing and Bioenergy Building which is equipped with a state of the art pilot scale brewery.
- The course is taught and supervised by staff from theSchool of Biosciences with expertise in brewing and related sciences, together with contributions from specialist brewing practitioners.
- The UK Midlands region has strong historic links to brewing and our campus is situated just a short drive away from the famous brewing centre of Burton-upon-Trent.
- The School of Biosciences is one of the largest and strongest schools of its kind in the UK.The school is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK (for agriculture, veterinary and food science) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science ) was judged to be of international quality.
- The Sutton Bonington Campus is a self-contained site in the beautiful countryside of South Nottinghamshire (10 miles south of Nottingham City).
This MRes course comprises a major brewing research project worth 150-160 credits, 20-30 credits of taught subject modules and up to 20 credits of generic training courses and optional modules.
The structure of the MRes is very flexible, allowing you to fit your research project around taught classes.
As a rough guide, approximately 85% of the course involves laboratory-based research work. The other 15% involves a taught course which is delivered through elearning and intensive week-long residential courses held at the University each semester. These residential courses incorporate lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory practicals, industrial visits and tutorials. The course can be taken on a full or part-time basis.
Research projects are typically conducted on site within laboratories at the University, although there may be provision to undertake them within laboratories of an industrial partner (if you have secured one).
Taught modules are usually completed within the early part of the course, providing a good knowledge base for the research project.
For the research component of this degree, students will be allocated a supervisor with the relevant expertise to support the project. Full provision will be made for laboratory training and acquisition of relevant techniques.
The taught component is delivered through a combination of interactive elearning and intensive advanced residential courses. Full access to a library of electronic brewing resources is provided. As a guide, 75% of the taught component is delivered via interactive e-learning which can be undertaken at any time. The remaining 25% of the taught component is delivered through intensive week-long residential courses held at the University each semester incorporating lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory practicals, industrial visits and tutorials.
You are encouraged to locate funding from industrial partners. Only limited grants are available for University supported studentships.
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International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,800 with the highest being £29,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.