Brewing and Beverage Technology (Master of Science)

Tradition or innovation? The good news is that you do not have to choose. Here at the TUM Campus in Weihenstephan, you can combine both! In the Master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology, we will accompany you on your way to becoming an expert in the industry. The fields of process engineering, process automation, and brewing and beverage technology are the focus of the course. Develop your profile with a variety of elective modules: Whether industrial beer and beverage production, research and development, or the optimization of production methods and planning of supply facilities. The course is rounded off by courses in law and economics. Deepen the scientific side of beer brewing and beverage production and develop it further in the digital age – start with your Master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology at Weihenstephan.

 

Studying Brewing and Beverage Technology successfully: What can you expect?

Type of study: full time

Standard period of study, credits : 4 semesters, 120 ECTS

Start of degree program: winter semester

Admission category: Aptitude Assessment for Master

Language of instruction:  German

Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)

Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)

The art of brewing beer has been taught at Weihenstephan for over 150 years. This traditional knowledge makes our graduates sought-after experts in their field worldwide. The special feature of the Master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology is the combination of this in-depth knowledge of beer production with modern, innovative processes and the enrichment through interdisciplinary knowledge.

The degree program has two focuses: on the one hand, process engineering and process automation, and on the other hand, subject-specific specialization, in this case brewing technology, on a scientific basis. Starting from a wide range of electives, you can follow your interests and identify an individual focus for your studies. Whether international brewing processes, renewable energies, or comprehensive business management knowledge – develop your profile in the areas that inspire you! You can also choose your Master's thesis to complement the subject matter.

In addition to the theoretical lectures in the lecture hall, you will also attend practical courses. Sometimes you will go out into the field, sometimes into the laboratory, and you will work on sensor-supported precision plant cultivation, observe computer-controlled processes in animal husbandry, learn how to decode the genome of plants and animals, investigate interactions between plants and fungi or learn about physiological processes in our farm animals. In any case, it will always be exciting!

After completing your Master's degree, a global job market with excellent career prospects is open to you. You will find interesting jobs primarily in the brewing and beverage industry, but also the food industry, plant engineering, and construction or chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Thanks to their broad-based education, graduates can be employed in a wide variety of fields. The following fields of activity are possible for you:

  • Development of new, innovative, sustainable products and processes
  • Planning and development of new production facilities and manufacturing processes
  • The organization, monitoring, and optimization of production processes
  • Quality assurance during ongoing production operations
  • Monitoring of beverage production processes
  • Operational control, production management or technical management in beverage and food manufacturing companies
  • University or industrial research and development
  • Purchase and evaluation of raw materials
  • Logistics and warehouse management

You can also continue your academic career with a doctorate after your studies.

Compulsory modules in engineering include rheology, hygienic processing, and scientific-technical computing. The scientific specialization deals, for example, with beverage bottling plants, beverage process engineering, and selected chapters of brewing technology. This is where the process engineering and beverage technology content crystallizes as a combination.

50 of your 120 credits can be earned through elective modules – this allows you to develop your interests. These credits can be earned not only through lectures, but also from a wide range of lab practices to gain a practical understanding of the theory.

Besides this, an elective internship gives you valuable insights into possible future fields of activity. It is part of your practical training and contributes to your individual profile development. You will gain deep insights into the food industry and get to know different work processes.

At the end of your studies, you will write your Master's thesis on a topic of your choice.

Interested? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!

The Master's program in Brewing and Beverage Technology follows directly on from the Bachelor's program in the same subject at the TU Munich, enabling you to expand and deepen the scientific and beverage technology foundation gained in the Bachelor's program or to specialize in a particular subject area. For example, you will learn how to develop new production processes and to optimize existing production methods. You will also learn how to introduce and control quality assurance methods. The analytical control of product properties also plays an important role. Knowledge of product properties and production processes will help you to develop innovative products, processes, and technologies independently. Sustainability is also becoming increasingly important in the brewing and beverage industry.

With your Bachelor's degree, you already have a sound mathematical and scientific education and knowledge in the field of process engineering and brewing and beverage technology. In the Master's program, engineering science and process engineering play a large part. You will learn essential process engineering operations such as the supplied equipment of industrial companies as well as the planning and implementation of brewery plants. You systematically go through the individual process steps – from beverage production to filling and packaging, and look at how the product can be protected from environmental influences.

At the same time, you will deepen your specialist knowledge in the field of brewing and beverage technology in the Master's degree program. In brewing technology, the initial focus is on the characterization and production of beverages. Seminars and practical courses will give you practice in the microbiological, chemical-technical, and sensory evaluation of products. You will apply different fermentation technologies and monitor the brewing process. The production processes  aren’t the only focus here, but also how economical certain beverage production processes are.

Through elective modules, you can enrich your study profile with further knowledge from areas such as biotechnology, energy supply, or economics.

These modules will also strengthen your knowledge of scientific work so that you are well prepared for a future career in research and science.

During the application period, you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You simply upload your documents for admission to the Brewing and Beverage Technology degree program directly to the portal.

To apply, you must have a qualified bachelor's degree of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent degree in the fields of Brewing and Beverage Technology, Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering, Food Technology, or a comparable course of study at a German or foreign university.

In a subsequent aptitude assessment, we will check whether you have the necessary prerequisites and motivation for the program.

The admissions process is described in the appendix to the Academic and Examination Regulations of the program.

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  • Curriculum
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    This timetable is intended to give you an overview of the planned compulsory and elective modules of a semester. It is for orientation purposes only and will not be updated during the semester! 

    Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.

    You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses, but also your personal appointments.

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  • Board of Examination
    The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Prof. Dr. Ing. Thomas Becker. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to recognition.co[at]ls.tum.de.

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