Studying Brewing and Beverage Technology will give you the best answer to the eternal question: "What shall we have to drink?"
Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)
Duration of studies
Language of instruction
German (proof of proficiency is required)
Programme start date
Information about events for potential students can be found on the German page for the degree programme.
Start your comprehensive, practice-orientated university education for the entire beverage industry here at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences.
Over the last few decades, the production steps and methods used to produce alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages have changed enormously as science and technology have evolved. The Brewing and Beverage Technology course therefore primarily teaches students about these new techniques used by the beverages industry to improve quality consistently, guarantee cost-effectiveness and develop and market new products. Many students looking for a course in the field of food and drink choose this practical, varied technical degree.
In the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, nutritional physiology and microbiology, you gain the basic scientific knowledge necessary to understand the other major areas of study. Our graduates boast comprehensive expertise:
The degree programme therefore forms the ideal basis for careers as qualified specialists and executives in the beverage industry.
The standard period of studies is seven semesters. The fifth semester is a practical training semester spent in industry. 30 credits can be gained per semester (in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, ECTS), a total of 210 credits overall.
In the three-month bachelor’s dissertation conducted in the seventh semester, students complete their studies by focusing on a practical or applied research topic under academic supervision with a Bachelor o Engineering (B. Eng.).
Brewing and Beverage Technology module overview (Modulübersicht)
Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.
With a degree in Brewing and Beverage Technology, you will be able to take on particularly skilled specialist and managerial jobs in the beverage industry and related fields, for example in beverage production businesses (such as breweries, mineral wells or distilleries), the supply industry and related professional fields, as well as in retail and services involving brewed drinks and other beverages.
Our graduates can be found across the entire value chain, from raw materials all the way through to the finished products and marketing. They are highly sought-after all-rounders not just in the food and beverage industry, but also in apparatus and system construction, in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry, in environmental engineering, in the software industry or in the public sector. Our graduates engage in a wide range of tasks.
The work of brewing and beverage technology specialists includes:
Can't you decide whether you wish to start vocational training or a study programme in beverage technology? Would you like to increase the percentage of practical work in your study programme and gradually integrate into a company? If so, our work-study programmes in Brewing and Beverage Technology are perfect for you!
At the university, the course with intensive practical work corresponds to the regular Brewing and Beverage Technology course in terms of content and timing. In addition to the degree programme, you enter into a cooperation agreement with a company and can use this opportunity to enhance your practical skills.
On this kind of work-study course, you will carry out practical activities at one of the university’s partner firms during your holidays and during the practical semester. This does not result in your being awarded a second vocational qualification as on the Brewing 'combined' work-study course, but rather strengthens the link with the company through intensive practical placements. Unlike the Brewing 'combined' work-study course, other companies from the beverage industry may also cooperate in addition to breweries and malting plants (for example mineral water and fruit juice industry, soft drink manufacturers).
The course with intensive practical work corresponds to the regular course in terms of content and timing.If you want to start the Brewing and Beverage Technology course with intensive practical work at HSWT in the winter semester, you need to apply in early summer of the year you would like to begin the course.
You start by studying at the university. You should enter into a cooperation agreement with a company by the middle of the second semester at the latest, since the first practical placement should take place during the semester break following the second semester at the latest. If the agreement commences before the end of the first semester, it is even possible to start the practical placement in the first semester break.
In total, you must therefore complete at least 30 weeks of practical training during the breaks and the practical semester (excluding holiday and the Bachelor’s thesis). The bachelor’s thesis is completed at the relevant company. On the placements, you carry out individual company-specific projects in accordance with the study profile. Students receive a monthly grant throughout the work-study course. The grant amount and any potential coverage of the student fees is agreed between the company and the individual student. It may be possible to enter into a working relationship with the relevant company once your studies end.
In addition to the admission requirements for the Brewing and Beverage Technology bachelor’s degree programme, you need a training agreement with a partner firm in order to swap to the course with intensive practical work.
Sample training agreement (Muster-Bildungsvertrag zum Download)
Once you have successfully completed your programme, you can request a certificate. This certifies that you have completed a study programme with intensive practical work.
It is also possible to do a degree with a combined vocational qualification in beverage production or brewing in Weihenstephan. It only takes about 4.5 years to gain the academic qualification of Bachelor of Engineering and a vocational qualification.
If you are on the vocational training degree programme, you will complete a vocational training element lasting a minimum of 13 months before you begin studying at the university. You start your vocational training on 1 September the latest and switch to the study programme with the usual classes in the winter semester of the following year. Further training periods take place in blocks during semester breaks and as part of the practical placement semester. At the end of the second academic year you will take the initial part of the final examination (brewer and maltster qualification). After a total of 22.5 months of practical training you will take the second part of the examination. You will then complete a six-week project as part of an engineering placement. Additional practical placements are planned following the sixth and during the seventh semesters as part of the bachelor’s thesis.
There will be no vocational school sessions. For this integrated degree programme, the qualification as a brewer and maltster is therefore obtained through two external assessments (extended final examination).
It is only possible to complete a work-study course if you have a work-study training agreement. The following is important: You must send your application to us online and by post by 1 July (this deadline is final) and send us a copy of the registered and thus approved training agreement by no later than 27 July along with any other application documents.
In addition to the training agreement concluded with the company, work-study course students at Chamber of Commerce and Industry companies conclude an education agreement for the duration of the work-study course. In addition to the training agreement, work-study course students who are completing their training at a Chamber of Crafts company, where possible, conclude an internship agreement for the period following the apprenticeship exam, which at a minimum includes an engineering placement. This agreement does not need to be submitted to HSWT at the same time as the application.
The training and education on the combined course are tightly interwoven, so a significant degree of coordination and mutual consideration is required between the training company and the university. To this end, it is necessary to conclude a cooperation agreement between the company and the university (one-off). If there is not yet a cooperation agreement in place between the company and HSWT, this agreement must be submitted to us (in two copies) by 1 July, and by no later than 27 July of the application year.
Generally speaking, you can choose any recognised training company in Germany for the work-study programme. Recognition as a training company is compulsory for any cooperation with the Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences.
You can find training companies via the relevant Chamber of Commerce and Industry or Chamber of Crafts and via the various brewery associations.
You can apply to any recognised training company and ask whether it would support you in your work-study programme.
Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH
Once you have successfully completed your programme, you can request a certificate. This certifies that you have completed your bachelor's course and the appropriate vocational training either simultaneously or in a time-sharing arrangement.
There are no admission restrictions for the bachelor’s degree programme in Brewing and Beverage Technology. You simply need to have a valid university entrance qualification or professional experience in beverage production. We have published more detailed information on enrolment at HSWT on our general applications page.
We recommend that you complete an internship in the beverage industry before starting the course, however this is not compulsory.
Do you have questions which have not been answered here?
Prof. Dr Volker Müller-Schollenberger, study advisor, T +49 8161 71-2842 |
Prof. Dr Matthias Kunert, questions regarding the dual (work-study) programme, T +49 8161 71-2845 |
I’m Daniel Vogel and I’m the degree programme ambassador for Brewing and Beverage Technology. I study at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, so I can answer your questions personally. If you’d like to know more about what the degree programme involves or what it’s like to live in Freising, just email me at: daniel.vogel [at]student.hswt.de
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