The MSc Brewing Science is delivered on a part-time basis over two to four years to fit around your work commitments. The course requires 180 credits for completion, consisting of ten taught modules (120 credits) and a brewing research project (60 credits).
For Brewers in full-time employment, we recommend that the course is studied at the rate of 40 credits per year, with completion of the MSc over a three-year period. However, the rate at which you progress through the course is flexible, according to preference and circumstances.
Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake your brewing research project. This is your opportunity to undertake an innovative problem-solving project, which has been specifically designed to draw on the skills and experience you have gained during the taught modules.
All taught modules consist of an e-learning component (studied via distance learning), followed by an intensive residential course held at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington Campus.
75% of course materials are delivered by distance learning, designed to be studied part-time and to fit around your work. The latest innovations in web-based learning are used to ensure an interactive feel to the course and promote deeper learning of the scientific principles of brewing – these innovations include:
- e-lectures, featuring streamed video presentations by Brewing Science academics on key subjects; the slide presentation and a written transcript of the lecture can also be downloaded.
- structured learning through a combination of virtual directed reading, self tests of understanding, animations and video footage of processes and a virtual library.
- group work and directed discussion events via dedicated chat rooms.
- one week per semester (based on 20 credits of module study) is spent at an intensive residential course held at The University of Nottingham. This provides the opportunity to develop theories and practice through traditional face-to face teaching techniques such as lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory practicals, industrial visits and tutorials. Typically, a formal assessment (usually a written exam) is taken on completion of the residential course.
We also offer a PGDip Brewing Science, which shares the same taught component as the MSc but does not include a project module.