Viticulture & Oenology: the science of grapegrowing and winemaking
This masters degree course consists of a curriculum specialising in cool-climate wine production, climate change effects on viticulture, terroir and sparkling wine. It also includes opportunities to visit other wine-producing areas in Europe. The Wine Department staff have considerable international expertise and research experience, and a brand new Wine Research Centre was completed in March 2014. This combination of experienced staff and modern research facilities will enable students to access an outstanding Masters-level education.
The programme aims to enable students to develop a deep and systematic understanding of wine science (oenology) and related disciplines, and then apply this knowledge to make viticultural and oenological decisions in complex circumstances.
Areas of study:
Students will be required to attend a two-week intensive course in vinegrowing and winemaking at the start of the programme.
The first semester comprises of three modules which enable students to gain and apply knowledge and understanding of current research in grapevine physiology, wine chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology.
The second semester focuses on climate & terroir and sparkling wine. Students wishing to complete with the Post-Graduate Diploma in Viticulture & Oenology may elect to complete a dissertation and end their studies at this point. Students who intend to study for the full Masters degree will normally take an in-depth research methods module prior to commencing their Masters project.
The third semester is designed to allow students to complete their Masters project, which can be undertaken in the newly opened UK Wine Research Centre, or in another suitable location.
Career and progression opportunities:
This programme enables students to gain advanced skills and knowledge in vinegrowing and winemaking. It therefore prepares them for careers which require the application of a high level of technical knowledge and the exercise of a considerable degree of responsibility. These positions include Vineyard Manager, Viticultural
Consultant, Winemaker and Wine Quality Controller for the wine trade, and will also give the opportunity to continue post-graduate education. Students can also progress towards the achievement of a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) qualification in related subjects. There is a high demand for these skills, not just in the UK, but also in emerging wine-producing countries who are seeking staff with a truly international approach to the subject and a strong understanding of the requirements of international markets like the UK.
The Science & Application of Grapevine Biology
Grape Berry & Wine Composition & Analysis
The Science & Application of Winemaking
The Science of Sparkling Wine
Climate & Sustainability
Research Methods for Viticulture & Oenology
Masters Wine Project
- Post-graduate Certificate in Wine Science: completion of 60 credits selected from semesters 1 and 2.
- Post-graduate Certificate in Viticulture & Oenology: completion of the three 20-credit modules from semester 1.
- Post-graduate Diploma in Viticulture & Oenology: completion of the 120-credit modules from semesters 1 and 2.
- Masters Degree in Viticulture & Oenology: completion of 180 credits and successfully conducting the Master project
This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Plumpton College