Brewing & Distilling Science (Certificate)

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  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    20th September 2022

Course Summary

This programme provides candidates with the scientific background required to work in craft and traditional breweries and distilleries. The modules on the programme are closely aligned with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) syllabi for the Diploma in Brewing and Diploma in Distilling examinations (specifically Diploma 1 and 2).

Admission Requirements:

Candidates are expected to have at least a Level 6 qualification in science or engineering on the on the National Framework of Qualifications.


Applications from students who have passed the

  1. IBD General Certificate in Brewing
  2. IBD General Certificate in Distilling or
  3. MTU Certificate in the Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations 

    are also considered.


Process, Energy and Transport Engineering

All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2022-2023 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students


Course Fee: €500 per module. This includes course notes and MTU exam fee. There are 3 modules in total on the programme.


Applicants whose companies are eligible for support via the Taste4Success Skillnet may be eligible for a fee reduction (currently €100 reduction).



MTU (course is located in the Bishopstown Campus, Cork) is the only higher education institute in Munster providing such training.

  • Partners in programme design included representatives of the Irish Branch of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, accredited tutors of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, representatives of Taste 4 Success Skillnet and senior engineers and technologists from local industry.
  • Candidates may choose to take any number of modules on a stand-alone basis and will receive individual certification for each module completed.
  • All modules are at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
  • Lectures will be supplemented by industry relevant laboratory practicals, guest lectures and visits to breweries, distilleries and maltings.



It is expected that classes will be conducted online and/or live streamed from campus and that laboratory practicals will take place in small groups in MTU Bishopstown Campus on two separate Saturdays (10am – 4pm). Therefore, it will be possible for students to take these modules and only have to attend campus for labs, the final exam, and any site visits.

Attendance at laboratories is mandatory whereas attendance at site visits is not. Lecture sessions will take place from 6.30pm  - 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings. The programme is delivered over 3 Semesters.

The programme takes 1.5 years to complete with modules taken in the following sequence.



On successful completion of all three modules, graduates will be awarded a MTU Certificate in Brewing & Distilling Science (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


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  • Online application is now open with the course commencing on 13th September 2022.

  • Places on the programme are limited to 20 and places will be allocated to applicants in the order in which applications are received (assuming that applicants are suitably qualified and have provided/uploaded appropriate evidence of previous qualifications).

  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on the course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee of (€1500). The fees for the remaining two modules will be due prior to commencing the modules.

  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.

  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, scans of certificates and other details relevant to the application.


Application options


Option 1: Self-Funded

Applicants who are self-funded will be required to pay a programme acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on the programme is offered. This programme acceptance fee is offset against the cost of the first module. Subsequent modules (€500 per module) are paid for at the beginning of each semester.


Click on the 'Apply now >>' button below to apply if you are a self-funded applicant.


Note 1: It is understood that students may only have an interest in particular modules on the programme therefore students may ‘step off and on’ the programme at any stage and will be awarded ‘single subject certification’ for each module completed. Students who complete all 3 modules will be awarded the MTU Certificate in Brewing & Distilling Science (Level 7).


Note 2: MTU Certification and Examinations are separate to those offered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). Students wishing to take the IBD examinations in addition to the MTU examinations should click here 



Option 2: Supported by Taste4Success Skillnet

Applicants whose companies are eligible for support via the Taste4Success Skillnet may be eligible for a fee reduction of €100 and should take the following steps:

Step 1: contact Breda Barber at to determine if you are eligible for a fee reduction.
Step 2: If you are eligible for a reduction then click on the 'Apply now >>' button below to apply for a place on the programme.
Step 3: Tick the ‘My employer will pay in part/full for my enrolment on this course’ button on the application page.
Step 4: Ensure that you input the appropriate waiver or discount code (as supplied by Taste4Success) into the ‘Additional Information’ box on the application page.


Taste4Success will pay your module fee to MTU on your behalf and you or your company will in turn pay Taste4Success €400.



Apply now >> 


Ian O'Sullivan Programme Coordinator

Breda Barber (For information relating to fee reduction eligibility)

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