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Brewing and Beverage Technology

Studying brewing and beverage technology is the best answer to the eternal question: "What do we want to drink?"

Your studies in a nutshell
  • Duration  7 semesters
  • Language  German
  • Location  Campus Weihenstephan
  • Semester  Winter semester
  • Work  With in-depth practice
Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)
Admission restriction


Application deadline

29 April – 31 July 2024

Study Brewing and Beverage Technology: Your Bachelor's programme at HSWT

Start your practice-orientated and comprehensive university education for the entire beverage industry with us at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf.

The production steps and methods used in the manufacture of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages have changed dramatically as a result of scientific and technical developments in recent decades. The degree programme in Brewing and Beverage Technology therefore focuses on these new technical possibilities, which the beverage industry uses to constantly improve quality, ensure economic efficiency and develop and market new products. When looking for a degree programme in the food and beverage sector, many students opt for this practical and varied technical course.

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

Dozent und Student des Brauwesens im Labor

In the subjects of mathematics, physics, chemistry, nutritional physiology and microbiology, you will acquire the scientific foundations necessary for understanding the other core subjects. Our students impress with their interdisciplinary expertise:

  • in technological areas (raw materials, product development or manufacturing processes)
  • in production engineering (through to plant design)
  • in quality assurance & sensor technology
  • on the business side of beverage production (production controlling, corporate management, marketing).
  • The degree programme thus forms the ideal basis for the professional profile of qualified specialists and managers in the beverage and brewing industry.

After studying Brewing and Beverage Technology, you will have these skills:

  • You can design & evaluate product development & manufacturing processes.
  • Through your individual specialisation, you will have in-depth knowledge and skills in the respective methodological and industry-specific areas.
  • You can also work on tasks in the field of beverage production using formal methods and design solutions.
  • You will be able to assess the quality and possible uses of raw and base materials.
  • Depending on your position, you will work on tasks in the areas of chemical-technical analysis, microbiology, sensory analysis and quality assurance.
  • You will be able to work on management and leadership tasks with sound business management tools & assess changing market situations.

Programme structure for the Bachelor's degree in Brewing and Beverage Technology

The standard period of study is seven semesters. The fifth semester is a work placement semester. Students can earn 30 credits per semester (credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, ECTS), totalling 210 credits.

In the three-month Bachelor's thesis in the seventh semester, students work on a topic from company practice or applied research under academic supervision and thus complete the programme as a Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.).

Careers in brewing & the beverage industry

Studierende des Brauwesens beim Proben nehmen

With the Bachelor's degree, our students receive an application-oriented, scientifically sound and professionally qualifying qualification. It enables them to take on particularly qualified specialist and management tasks in the beverage industry and related areas, for example in beverage manufacturing companies (breweries, mineral springs, distilleries...), in the supply industry and related professions, but also in trade and services with brewing and beverage technology products.

Our students work along the entire value chain from raw materials to finished products and their marketing. They are sought-after specialists in the food and beverage industry, but also in apparatus and plant engineering, the chemical-pharmaceutical sector, environmental technology, the software industry and the public sector. Our alumni encounter a wide range of tasks.

The activities of brewing & beverage technologists include

  • Beer & beverage production
  • Quality assurance & quality control
  • Production of auxiliary & operating materials, e.g. hops and malt
  • Operation & optimisation of production facilities
  • Plant planning & construction
  • Research & development
  • Marketing & sales
  • Consultancy for companies
  • Association work in international organisations
  • Plant management

Brewing course with intensive practical work

At the University of Applied Sciences, the course with intensive practical work corresponds to the Brewing and Beverage Technology degree programme in terms of content and timing. In addition to the degree programme, you will enter into a cooperation with a brewery or beverage production company, where you can deepen your practical skills.

Contact for the degree programme with in-depth practical experience

Study programme combining university studies and vocational qualification

A degree programme with a combined vocational qualification in beverage production or brewing is also possible at Weihenstephan: In a total of around 4.5 years, you can also obtain a vocational qualification in addition to the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Contact person for joint degree programmes

Brewing and Beverage Technology: Requirements, admission & application to HSWT

There are no admission restrictions for the Bachelor's degree programme in Brewing and Beverage Technology. You only need to have a valid higher education entrance qualification or professional experience in beverage production. We have compiled more detailed information on enrolment at HSWT on our general application page.

An internship in the beverage industry before starting the degree programme makes it easier to get started, but it is not necessary to start the degree programme.

Information on the general admission requirements for studying at HSWT can be found here:

Why studying brewing at HSWT is the right decision

  • Practical relevance and complexity characterise the Bachelor of Brewing and Beverage Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf.
  • Various internships (e.g. in our laboratories, in the technical centre or in the Weihenstephan State Brewery) and the opportunity to work independently as part of projects allow an optimal combination of knowledge and personal experience.
  • Admission to the Brewing & Beverage Technology degree programme is also possible for applicants with subject-related professional qualifications without a university entrance qualification.

Degree programme ambassador

I'm Jakob Kastenholz and I'm an ambassador for the Brewing and Beverage Technology degree programme. As I study at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, I can answer your questions directly. So if you want to know what the degree programme is all about or what it's like to live in Freising, just send me an email to:

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