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Viticulture and Oenology MSc

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.

Different course options

Full time | Plumpton College | 18 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date



Through a systematic understanding of grapevine anatomy and physiology and its interaction with the vineyard environment, students will be able to critically evaluate current commercial practice in the establishment and management of vineyards. Content will include: · The anatomy and physiology of the grapevine, focussing on the development of yield and fruit composition. · The effects of the vineyard environment on grapevine growth and development. · Commercial vineyard operations, including establishment, soil management, vine nutrition, plant protection, and canopy management.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have upper second class honours degree (science-related subject) and WSET Level 2. 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.