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This challenging programme is designed to enable you to develop a deep and systematic understanding of wine science and related disciplines, with a view to applying this knowledge to make complex viticultural and oenological decisions.
The course covers key areas such as sparkling wine production, climate change, and sustainability. You’ll have opportunities to visit other wine-producing areas in Europe throughout your course. Supported by our friendly wine department staff, you’ll be able to benefit from their considerable international expertise and research experience in addition to our outstanding wine centre facilities; enabling you to access an outstanding Master’s level education.
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Entry requirements are a pass grade in WSET Level 2 Award, Level 3 in chemistry or biological science, an honours degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be accepted. Applicants will be interviewed at the college, or via video call. At the start of their programme, applicants will be required to complete an intensive bridging course covering the principles of vinegrowing and winemaking.
Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS band score 6.0 overall or above, with no less than 5.5 in each component of the 'academic' IELTS test.
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"After working in horticulture for a number of years I developed a strong interest in plant science and enrolled on a Foundation Degree in Horticulture followed by a BSc (Hons) in Bioscience at Bicton College. Living in France for a number of years piqued my interest in wine, so I am now studying for an MSc in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College. I was impressed with the facilities the college has to offer, as well as its international reputation for quality wine research. The wine industry is such an exciting area to be involved in, particularly with the recent expansion of wine growing in the UK. The course is extremely varied, with a good balance of practical skills and research-based theory, staff are supportive and I feel I am learning a huge amount daily. After completing my MSc at Plumpton, I hope to pursue a career in vine protection.”
I grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, after passing my A-Levels I headed to Jesus College, Oxford to study Chemistry and was awarded a Master of Chemistry (MChem) in 2003. It was at Oxford that I attended a Chemistry of Wine evening that piqued my interest in wine but despite my enjoyment of the evening I limited my interest to enjoying a good bottle with friends when I could and the occasional vineyard visit. It was later, about 3-4 years into a career with a financial services firm in London and having spent most of my holidays in wine making regions, that I decided to take my growing interest more seriously. I studied for my WSET levels 2 and 3 and despite a lot of enjoyment (gin tasting at 9am anyone?!) I knew the tasting/importing/MW type of career was not for me, but I absolutely loved the small section we studied on viticulture and wine making. I realised I had found a passion that I could apply my chemistry background to.
My husband Nick and I had a little boy, Max, in 2014 and about 3 months after I returned to work it became clear to me that if I was going to be away from Max I should be doing something that I loved and was passionate about; I wanted to make wine!
I visited Plumpton College and spoke to Matteo Marangon about the new MSc in Viticulture and Oenology, I was convinced this was the right qualification for me and would give me the skills and insight I needed to help fulfil my dreams. So after 11 rewarding years, I quit my job as an Assistant Director in Corporate Finance and made the leap.
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