Technische Universität Berlin
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Brauerei- und Getränketechnologie, B. Sc.

Program overview

Modern brewing and beverage technology is a complex, interdisciplinary field that incorporates a wide variety of sectors. This includes the manufacture of beer and other beer-based products, brewing technology and the corresponding facilities and systems, and the further development of analytical methods to ensure product quality. The bachelor’s study program offers you both a well-founded and professionally-oriented education and preparation for a transdisciplinary field of work, which combines applications from engineering, such as metrology and regulation engineering, mechanical engineering, and thermodynamics, with natural sciences, such as microbiology, genetics, and chemistry. In this program you gain a diverse yet comprehensive knowledge of the biotechnological processes of malt and beer manufacture, as well as the technical principles for a comprehensive understanding of technical processes and relationships.

DegreeBachelor of Science
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credit points180
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

Every bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin requires applicants to possess a university entrance qualification certificate. Generally, the Abitur serves as the university entrance qualification certificate. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to study at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications.

The Brewing and Beverage Technology bachelor’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. Knowledge of English is useful as some course/modules are also offered in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

Material from engineering, natural science, and math make up a significant component of the curriculum. It is recommended that students already possess a fundamental knowledge of technology and the natural sciences. It is particularly useful if you took advanced courses in these subjects in school as this can ease your start at university. As the curriculum has a strong interdisciplinary orientation, you should also possess an interest in interdisciplinary topics and fields of work.

Program structure

You first receive a comprehensive education in the mathematic, natural science, and engineering basic principles needed in brewing and beverage technology. In projects you gain experience with the working methods and approaches used in engineering and natural science. During your technical studies you attend integrated courses in which you learn about brewing and beverage technology in further detail as well as gain skills and competences, which you hone and expand in seminars and laboratory practical sessions. The final program component is the scientific bachelor’s thesis which you complete independently.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations.

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of six semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of these regulationsapplies to new students.

Examination regulations

Content and modules

  • The bachelor’s degree program in Brewing and Beverage Technology consists of various modules. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules in the bachelor’s program can be found in the course catalogue in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the contents of modules, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, etc. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations.

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Internships

This bachelor’s program includes two mandatory industry internships: a basic internship and a technical internship. We strongly recommend completing the 6-8-week basic internship before beginning your studies.

During the basic internship you learn about production and processing methods used in industry and gain initial experience in a technical or industrial field. You must spend at least six weeks in more than one of the following areas:

  • Malting (barley delivery, lab, steeping, malting boxes, drying, etc.)
  •         Brewing (brewhouse, fermentation and filter rooms, bottling, lab, etc.)
  •         Beverage production operations (winery, production, lab, bottling, etc.)
  •         Supply industry (aroma manufacturers, hops production, plant manufacturers, etc.)
  •         Biotechnological operations (fermentation, lab, etc.)

The technical internship is also intended to provide you with professional orientation, offering you insight into how you might wish to specialize and advance your knowledge. During the technical internship you learn about work in industry and technology from an engineering perspective. It provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and methods skills you have acquired in your studies to an industrial environment.

The two industry internships combined last a total of 12 weeks. Students are to submit proof of having completed all 12 weeks before registering for their final exam in the bachelor’s program.

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.


Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).


Acquired skills

As a graduate of the Brewing and Beverage Technology bachelor’s program, you possess a detailed education in natural science, for example in microbiology, biochemistry, and genetics, as well as thorough knowledge gained in the fields of engineering sciences and modern analytics. Additionally, the study program provides you with an understanding of the relationships between the fields of brewing and beverage technology.

After your studies

Graduates of our bachelor's program can choose to pursue the consecutive master’s program in Brewing and Beverage Technology to further their knowledge and skills or begin employment directly. Typical fields of employment include production, development, initial operation of plants, and quality assurance. A job in sales is also possible. Graduates often work in the beer and beverage production industry, malt houses and fermentation companies, supply industries, as well as research and development.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Undergraduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Specific contact points for the degree program