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Master's Degree in Fermented Beverages- 11th 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 train future researchers in the field of oenology and food biotechnology and give students the chance of subsequently studying for a doctoral degree.
  • 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 specialty, a more generic profile. The degree, then, is broad in scope with both research and professional objectives.

Carrer opportunities

This master's degree focuses mainly on basic and applied research in oenology and food biotechnology, as well as the production of fermented beverages, business management, marketing of products and equipment for the sector, laboratory work and communication.

Possible career opportunities:

  • R&D departments in public and private research institutions.
  • Applied research, consultancy and intervention in the field of oenology and biotechnology
  • Laboratory analysis of food.
  • Teaching at various levels.
  • Production of sparkling wines.
  • Viticulture for the production of sparkling wines.
  • Consultancy on viticulture and oenology for sparkling wines.
  • Beer brewing.
  • Consultancy in the wine and beer industry.
  • Marketing of fermented beverages and equipment for the sector.
  • Doctoral studies.
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 placement and technical visits for students.
Type Blended
Track Professional/ Research
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.
Work placement Work placement, which accounts for 9 ECTS credits, is compulsory and it is done during the second semester. The work placement 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 propose 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 work placement 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 work placement, students must submit a written report describing all the work done.
Language of instruction Spanish: 80%
Catalan: 15%
English: 5%
Places available 30

Faculty of Oenology

Associated doctoral programme Oenology and Biotechnology
Course date From beginning October 2016 to end of June 2017
Master's degree thesis June or September
Academic coordinator Dr. Nicolas Rozès
Coordinator's email address nicolasrozes(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat
Administrative contact Secretary's Office of the Faculty of Oenology
977 558 684
Master's degree website http://www.begudes-fermentades.master.urv.cat/es_index/ 
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).