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Brewing and Beverage Technology, M.Sc.

Program overview

In the Brewing and Beverage Technology master's degree program you learn how to solve technological, technical, and operational problems in the brewing and beverage industry and supply industry. The program teaches you to both develop technologies, processes, and innovative products as well as optimize process steps. A unique characteristic of this degree program is the breadth of subjects offered across different faculties which students are able to study in the elective component. As a result of interdisciplinary collaboration, you combine findings from biology, physics, and chemistry, with engineering concepts in process engineering and plant construction. This results in you acquiring a particularly diverse and application-oriented scientific education.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

Applicants to the master’s program in Brewing and Beverage Technology must possess a first university degree in a subject within the discipline of brewing and beverage technology or a related field qualifying them for professional work.

Applicants must also submit proof of the following:

•   Mathematics: 20 credit points (LP)

•   Chemistry: 15 LP

•   Process engineering: 10 LP

•   Brewing and beverage technology science: 15 LP

•   Or biosciences: 15 LP

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

The curriculum of this master's program is both complex and interdisciplinary. Thus, you should possess an interest in and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches and topics. It is also advantageous to be able to work independently and to be a self-starter as the master’s program often requires you to work autonomously.

Program structure

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 four 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.

The curriculum is taught through a mix of integrated courses, seminars, and labs. By completing the master's thesis independently at the end of the program, you demonstrate your ability to conduct scientific work. The proposed course schedule can be found in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulationsapplies to applicants.

Content and modules

The master’s degree program in Brewing and Beverage Technology is modular in design. 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 compulsory and freely elective modules of the Brewing and Beverage Technology master’s program can be found in the course catalogue in TU Berlin’s module database, the module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also include detailed module descriptions providing information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more. The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations.

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An industry internship is a compulsory component of the Brewing and Beverage Technology master's program curriculum. The internship must last at least 10 weeks. Students are to submit proof of having completed the internship before registering for their final exam in the program.

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 industry internship is also intended to provide you with professional orientation, offering you insight into how you might wish to specialize and advance your knowledge. The 10 weeks should be spent in more than one of the following:

•   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.)

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

The Brewing and Beverage Technology master’s study program prepares you for an interdisciplinary field. Application-oriented knowledge in fields such as advanced brewing methods, plant construction, process control, and bioprocess engineering, builds on the basic knowledge you gained during your bachelor’s studies in natural science, planning technology, and engineering. In close collaboration with the Institute’s research activities, you apply these skills to complex topics in the brewing and beverage industry and develop current topic areas further. You acquire the necessary modern analytical methodological skills to control and optimize different production processes and identify and characterize products acquired through microbiological or biochemical processes.

After your studies

The demand for well-trained specialists in brewing technology is high in Germany. Similarly, career prospects in the global market are good. Graduates of our Brewing and Beverage Technology master’s study program find work in a wide variety of fields. These include the beer and beverage production industry, working for seed producers, malt houses and fermentation companies; engineering offices providing planning, consulting, and evaluation services; the operation and optimization of plants and systems; the pharmaceutical and chemical industries; supply industries; and in research and development.