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MSc Viticulture & Oenology

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Full time | Plumpton College | 18 months | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Viticulture Wine Making (Industrial)

Course type


Course Summary

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.

At the beginning of your course, you’ll be required to attend a two-week intensive course in vinegrowing and winemaking. During your first semester, you’ll study three modules which will enable you to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of current research in biochemistry, grapevine physiology, microbiology and wine chemistry. The second semester will focus on climate, sparkling wine and sustainability. If you’re looking to complete your postgraduate diploma in viticulture and oenology, you can choose to write an independent study and end your studies at this point. Alternatively, if you’d like to study for your full Master’s degree, you’ll normally take an in-depth research methods module before starting your Master’s project. During your third semester, you’ll complete your Master’s project, which can be taken either in the UK Wine Research Centre, or in another suitable location.


The specific content of the module will be determined by the focus of the student?s research project. The project title and scope will be agreed between the student and a supervisor in the Wine Division, normally in the second semester of the programme, though students will be encouraged to seek an industry-led project, possibly within the context of an internship. Associate supervisors from industry and other institutions may also provide some support.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements are attainment of Level 3 literacy in chemistry and/or biological science plus an honours degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be accepted. Applicants will be interviewed at the college, or via an internet-based video link. Right at the start of their programme, applicants will normally be required to complete a short intensive bridging course covering the principles of vinegrowing and winemaking.. A further course requirement is a pass grade or higher at the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines.