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Brewing and Beverage Technology (Bachelor's)

Studying Brewing and Beverage Technology will give you the best answer to the eternal question: "What shall we have to drink?"


Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)

Duration of studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)



Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restrictions



Information about events for potential students can be found on the German page for the degree programme.

Study Brewing and Beverage Technology: your bachelor’s degree at HSWT

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.


What you will learn on the Brewing and Beverage Technology degree programme in Weihenstephan

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:

  • in technological industries (raw materials, product development or manufacturing processes)
  • in production technology (through to system design)
  • in quality management and sensor technology
  • on the business side of drinks manufacturing (production controlling, management, marketing)

The degree programme therefore forms the ideal basis for careers as qualified specialists and executives in the beverage industry.

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Lecturer and student in the laboratory

By studying Brewing and Beverage Technology, you will develop these skills:

  • You will be able to design and evaluate product development and manufacturing processes. 
  • You will have in-depth knowledge and skills in the specific methods and industries studied as part of your respective areas of specialisation.
  • You will also be able to complete tasks in the field of drinks production using formal methods when necessary and be able to devise solutions.
  • You will be able to appraise the quality and possible uses of raw materials.
  • You will be able to perform tasks in the fields of chemical and technical analysis, microbiology, sensor technology and quality assurance depending on the direction you take.
  • You will be able to perform management and leadership tasks using well-established business management tools and to evaluate changing market conditions.


Course structure of the Brewing and Beverage Technology programme

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)

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  • 1st semester

    1. Angewandte Mathematik
    2. Physikalische Grundlagen
    3. Grundlagen der Chemie
    4. Technische Kommunikation
    5. Einführung in die Getränkeproduktion
  • 2nd semester

    1. Mälzerei-und Würzetechnologiemit Brauanalytik
    2. Thermodynamik und Transportphänomene
    3. Werkstoffe und Anlagentechnik
    4. Betriebswirtschaftliche Grundlagen der Getränkeindustrie
    5. Grundlagen der Statistik
    6. Reinigung und Desinfektion
      1. 3rd semester

        1. Ernährungsphysiologie und Biochemie
        2. Grundlagen der Mikrobiologie
        3. Verfahrenstechnik I
        4. Marketing
        5. Getränkeverpackungs-und -abfülltechnik
        6. Grundpraktikum chemisch-technische Analyse (CTA 1)
        1. 4th semester

          1. Chemisch technische Analyse (CTA 2)
          2. Mess-, Steuerung-und Regelungstechnik
          3. Getränkemikrobio. und mikrobiologische Qualitätssicherung
          4. Technologie der Getränkeherstellung
          5. Verfahrenstechnik II
          6. General required elective module I
          7. General required elective module II
        2. 5th semester

          1. Practical training semester
        3. 6th semester

          1. Qualitätsmanagement
          2. Sensorik und Qualitätssicherung
          3. Prozessautomatisierung
          4. Unternehmensführung
          5. Subject-specifis required elective module
          6. Subject-specifis required elective module
          7. Subject-specifis required elective module
          1. 7th semester

            1. Kosten- und Investitionsrechnung
            2. Anlagetechnik und -design
            3. Subject-specifis required elective module
            4. Subject-specifis required elective module
            5. Bachelor's thesis
                • Module handbooks

                  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.

                  Brewing and Beverage Technology degree programme modules

                  1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2018/19

                  Weihenstephan Language Centre modules

                  1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum 98 (Bachelor)

                  Required elective modules for all degree programmes in Weihenstephan

                  1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule


                Careers in the brewing and beverages industry

                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:

                • Beer and drinks production
                • Quality assurance and control
                • Production of auxiliary materials and supplies, e.g. hops and malt
                • Operation and optimisation of production facilities
                • Facility design and plant engineering
                • Research and development
                • Marketing and sales
                • Consulting for companies
                • Association work in international organisations
                • Operations management
                Student taking samples in the laboratory


                Study Brewing and Beverage Technology with an additional practical component

                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!

                Brewing and Beverage Technology programme with intensive practical work

                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.

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                • How does the course with intensive practical work function?

                  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).

                • Structure of the work-study course with intensive practical work

                • Organisation and schedule for the work-study course with intensive practical work

                  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.

                • Admission requirements

                  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)

                • Certifikate

                  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.

                • Downloadable documents

                  1. Cooperation agreement (Kooperationsvertrag Brau dual)
                  1. Example agreement (Mustervertrag Bachelor)
                • Contact for the work-study programme with intensive practical work

                  If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch directly via

                  Prof. Dr Matthias Kunert, T +49 8161 71-2845 | matthias.kunert [at]

                Combined work-study programme - combining a university degree with vocational training

                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.

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                • How does the combined work-study programme work?

                  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).

                • Structure of the combined work-study course

                • Application process for the combined work-study programme

                  1. You will need to find a recognised training company in the brewing industry that is willing to cooperate and apply to this company by the end of the calendar year before the training starts (training should start no later than 1 September).
                  1. Apply to HSWT between 1 May and 1 July online with the following documents:
                  1. Copy of the training agreement (subsequent submission by 27 July)
                  1. Copy of the education agreement (with Chamber of Commerce and Industry companies), (subsequent submission by 27 July)
                  1. Certified copy of higher education entrance qualification (Nachreichfrist 27. Juli)
                  1. If cooperation with the company has not yet been established: Cooperation agreement in two copies (subsequent submission by 27 July)
                  1. Admission letters will be sent in August. As you will first be completing 13 months of vocational training, you do not need to enrol at this stage. However, it is vital that you keep the admission letter in a safe place so that you can present it again in the following year!
                  1. You must quickly reapply between 1 May and 1 July of the following year and present the admission letter from the previous year. This will secure your place.
                  1. Enrolment then takes place in September of the following year. You will need proof from your training company that your vocational training will carry on, otherwise you will lose your place.
                • Contractual matters relating to the combined work-study programme

                  Training agreement

                  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.

                  Education agreement

                  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.

                  Cooperation agreement

                  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.

                • Finding training companies ...

                  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.

                  Our current cooperation partners for the combined course is:

                  Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH
                  Römermauer 3
                  54634 Bitburg

                • Certificate

                  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.

                • Downloadable documents

                  1. Cooperation agreement (Kooperationsvertrag Verbundstudium Brau dual)
                  1. Sample education agreement (IHK Muster-Bildungsvertrag)
                  1. Training agreement (IHK-Ausbildungsvertrag)
                • Contact for the cobined work-study programme

                  If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch directly via

                  Prof. Dr. Matthias Kunert, T +49 8161 71-2845 | matthias.kunert [at]


                Brewing and Beverage Technology: requirements for admission and application to HSWT

                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.

                Why studying brewing at HSWT is the right choice

                • The Brewing and Beverage Technology programme at Weihenstephan Triesdorf-University of Applied Sciences is practical and multi-faceted.

                • A wide variety of internships (including in our laboratories in the technology centre and at the Bavarian State Brewery of Weihenstephan) and the opportunity to work on projects independently provide an optimal combination of knowledge and experience.

                • Applicants with subject-related professional qualifications without higher education entrance qualifications can also be accepted onto the course.


                Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

                … then please let us know

                how we can help:

                … please contact us

                Prof. Dr Volker Müller-Schollenberger, study advisor, T +49 8161 71-2842 |

                volker.mueller-schollenberger [at]

                Prof. Dr Matthias Kunert, questions regarding the dual (work-study) programme, T +49 8161 71-2845 |

                matthias.kunert [at]

                Tina Krüger, degree programme assistan, T +49 8161 71-6281 | tina.krueger [at]

                Degree programme ambassador

                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]

                Degree programme ambassador Daniel Vogel

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