Brewing with degree Master brewer ('Diplombraumeister')
Is practical work the most important thing for you when it comes to studying? The traditional and unique degree course in brewing prepares you perfectly for your future in the beer and beverage industry. Right from the start, the focus is on professional practice and brewing technology. Your previous training as a brewer and maltster or a 15-month professional internship will serve as a basis. At the TUM Campus Weihenstephan, you will learn not only the fundamentals of natural science but also everything about the technical, technological and biological processes of beer and beverage production. Start your study program to become a master brewer now.
Studying Brewing with degree Master brewer successfully: What can you expect?
Why study this particular degree program?
When studying to become a certified master brewer, the focus is on professional practice and brewing technology from the very beginning. For this reason, special attention is paid to the technical, technological and biological processes of beer production and beverage manufacturing. In addition to the basic competences of brewing and beverage technology, you will also deal with process engineering and biochemistry. To round off your profile and make it holistic, you will learn how to assess raw materials, optimize relevant production steps and implement quality assurance systems. A further aspect of the course is product development, which is becoming increasingly important.
In our fast-moving consumer society, your innovative spirit is in demand. In order to be able to guarantee high-quality new products, you need to be able to control the product properties analytically and through sensory testing, which you will learn with us, along with business management knowledge. After your academic training as a certified master brewer, you will be well prepared for the job market.
What are your career opportunities?
Master brewers from Weihenstephan are in demand worldwide! Due to the strong practical orientation together with the scientific background of the course, you will be a sought-after all-rounder on the job market after graduation. In addition to the beer and beverage industry, the food and chemical industries are also an option for you. Whether in quality assurance, industrial engineering or purchasing of raw materials – your studies will put you in a good position in all areas. You will also find jobs as a production manager, plant inspector or technical director.
Still not had enough of studying? Within two additional semesters, you can attain a Bachelor's degree in the related TUM degree program "Brewing and Beverage Technology" and thus open up a wide range of opportunities for further qualification up to a Master's degree or doctorate.
What is this study program about?
The first two semesters are reserved for your professional internship. Your brewery internship lasts 64 weeks – 52 weeks of which must be completed within the first two semesters. Alternatively, a successfully completed apprenticeship will allow you to be recognized as a "Brewer and Maltster".
In the third semester, you will take your preliminary diploma examination, which focuses on essential training in biology, chemistry, physics and beverage technology. Biology and chemistry lay the foundation for the fields of microbiology and yeast technology. The fields of physics and later mathematics form the foundation for the engineering specialization in plant construction as well as process and control engineering.
From the fourth semester onwards, technical specialization takes place in the field of brewing and food technology. In addition to engineering fundamentals, you will acquire practical analytical methods in various laboratory internships. Within the scope of your diploma thesis in the seventh semester, you will learn how to handle scientific working methods and thus complete your studies.
Interested? Take a look at the curriculum right away.
What competences and skills will you acquire?
The focus of your studies is on practice-oriented brewing and beverage technology. However, in order to acquire the core competences of this field, you will need a fundamental knowledge of natural sciences and engineering. As a graduate of the degree program in brewing you can fall back on both and are therefore perfectly prepared for your professional future. Your knowledge enables you to uncover connections and apply them in a solution-oriented way. You can give free rein to your innovative spirit in the production of new beverages, evaluate products microbiologically, chemically-technically and through sensory testing, as well as monitor brewing processes. In addition, you will have learned to apply various fermentation technologies and to calculate and assess the economic efficiency of beverage production processes.
In addition, you will have already gained valuable work experience through your professional internship or training.
The degree program has an ISCED 645 classification, which means that it corresponds to the educational level of a Bachelor's/ Diploma program at a University of Applied Sciences. Admission to the degree program is possible with a university entrance qualification or a university of applied science entrance qualification; a corresponding regulation can be found in the Bavarian Higher Education Act. With the "Diplom-Braumeister" degree, direct admission to the bachelor's degree program in Brewing and Beverage Technology can be achieved without the need for a general university entrance qualification (Abitur). This ensures permeability at all university levels, as the consecutive master's degree program can be taken up after completion of the bachelor's degree, thus enabling students to pursue an academic career that could even lead to a doctorate.
How do you apply for a place of study?
During the application period you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You simply need to upload your documents for admission to the degree Master brewer ('Diplombraumeister') in Brewing directly on the portal.
Prerequisite for the studies is the advanced technical college entrance qualification, the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a professional qualification. There are no other admission restrictions; the study program is admission-free.
If you are subsequently admitted, you must submit a few certified hard copies for enrollment.
Please note that you must complete a 64-week practical training as part of your studies. Of this, 52 weeks must be completed during the first two semesters of study.
Discover our traditional study program in brewing with a degree as Diplom-Braumeister
Already in the middle of your degree Master brewer ('Diplombraumeister')? Everything you need!
Degree program documentation, module catalog
- Curriculum FPSO 2020
- Curriculum FPSO 2012 (expiring)
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
Please note! In the basic and orientation exams (GOP) in the 1st and 2nd bachelor semester you will automatically be registered for all examinations during the respective semester, i.e. independent registration is not necessary in the 1st academic year.
- 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.wzw[at]tum.de.
Internships & excursions
A professional practical training or a professional internship of at least 52 weeks is obligatory as a study achievement in this program.
For the first semester of attendance (= 3rd FS) a minimum of 52 weeks of work experience must be proven. In addition to the internship, a seminar has to be completed which will take place at the beginning of the third semester. If you have completed an apprenticeship as a brewer and maltster, you do not have to take the seminar. However, the training certificate must still be submitted to the study office.
Please send us your internship/training certificate early, but no later than 31.10. of the current year to praktikum.sfbl[at]tum.de - even if you had already submitted it with your application. Please note that the job reference cannot be handed in personally. As soon as we have received the certificate, you will receive an automatic confirmation from us that we have received the documents. Pay attention: This is not the same as recognition of the internship/training. The processing may take some time. Please be patient and refrain from asking about the status of your application. We will confirm the recognition separately as soon as the documents have been processed. You can also check the status in your TUMonline account (marked with a green P).
More information on practical experience during studies
Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)