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University Master's Degree in Fermented Beverages- 12th edition

The overall objective of this master's degree is to train students to become researchers and professionals in the field of fermented beverages, especially wine, sparkling wine and beer.
It therefore offers three clear professional specialisations:

  • Oenology research: This specialisation trains future researchers in the field of oenology and food biotechnology and gives students the chance to follow their studies with a doctoral programme.
  • Science and technology of sparkling wines : This specialisation trains future professionals in oenology or viticulture who wish to specialise in the production of sparkling wine, a sector that is widely represented in Catalonia.
  • Science and technology of beer: This specialisation trains professionals from different fields (biotechnologists, winemakers, engineers, etc.) in the process of brewing different types of beer on an industrial and artisanal scale.

There is also the option of doing the master without choosing a particularly specialisations, but rather a more generic profile. This way the degree, then, is broad in scope with both research and professional objectives.

University Master's Degree in Fermented Beverages
Duration 60 ECTS credits - 1 year 
Specializations The master's degree includes three possible specialisations:
  • Oenology research: The research track aims to train students to be researchers in the field of oenology and food biotechnology, with the competencies and skills necessary to prepare a doctoral thesis or join an R&D department working in the sector.
  • Science and technology of sparkling wines: The sparkling wines track aims to train students to be professionals in viticulture or oenology who wish to specialise in the production of sparkling wine, a sector that is widely represented in Catalonia. This track enables to do work placement in wine companies; with which the Faculty of Oenology has close ties.
  • Science and technology of beer: The beer brewing track aims to train professionals from different fields (biotechnologists, oenologists, engineers, etc.) in the process of brewing different types of beer on both industrial and artisanal scale. This track receives the collaboration and support of the Centro di Eccellenza per la Ricerca sulla Birra (CERB) in Perugia, Italy, as well as several Spanish brewers, including large firms and microbreweries, which offer work placements and technical visits for students.
Type Face-to-face
Timetable Morning and afternoon sessions from Monday to Friday
Mobility The students of this master's degree have the opportunity to go on a research visit for the master's thesis in European universities with which the URV has a bilateral agreement. For the research track we have a double degree agreement with the University of Bordeaux.
Internship Internship, which accounts for 9 ECTS credits, is compulsory and it is done during the second semester. The internship may be in a wine company (for the sparkling wines track) in a brewery (for the beer brewing track) or in a research laboratory at the URV, a research centre, or an oenology or biotechnology company that carries out R&D (for the research track).
Students can suggest a place for the work placement themselves or choose one that matches their professional interests from those offered by the tutor of the master's degree.
The aim of the internship is to enable students to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired in their academic training, thus preparing them for professional practice and facilitating their transition into work.
At the end of the internship, students must submit a written report describing all the work done.
Language of instruction Spanish: 80%
Catalan: 15%
English: 5%
Places available 30
Faculty

Faculty of Oenology

Associated doctoral programme Oenology and Biotechnology
Course date From October 2017 to June 2018
Master's degree thesis June or September
Academic coordinator Dr. Nicolas Rozès
Contact us

Master’s Office

977.779.944

postgraduate(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat

Master's degree website

University Master's Degree in Fermented Beverages

Specific grants for this master's degree

A minimum of 3 teaching assistant grants will be awarded for students on this programme.
The company COVIDES awards a mobility grant for a 4 months stay in Bordeaux University (dual-degree agreement).