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Fermented Beverages, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Tarragona, Spain
The overall objective of this master's degree at Universitat Rovira i Virgili 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, Science and technology of sparkling wines and Science and technology of beer.
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The master's degree in Fermented Beverages 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.
This master's degree in Fermented Beverages at Universitat Rovira i Virgili is designed for graduates of biosciences such as biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, oenology, pharmacy, food science and technology, medicine, veterinary medicine, economics, dietetics and nutrition, and holders of any diploma or degree in engineering, who wish to further their knowledge of the production of fermented beverages, in particular sparkling wine and beer, or to do research in oenology and biotechnology. It is desirable for students to have a good knowledge of the main language of instruction (Spanish), and a basic level of English in oral comprehension and writing.

Career 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. So that, graduates in the University Master's degree in Fermented Beverages have the following 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.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Final Project
  • Fermented Drinks
  • Food Safety
  • Chemometrics Applied to Wines and Foods
  • Preparation and Presentation of Projects
  • Sustainability Assessment: Life Cycle Analysis
  • External Practicals
  • Scientific Communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 9 months
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Letter of motivation for academic coordination. It must be specified the specialization you choose:

  • Oenology research
  • Science and technology of sparkling wines
  • Science and technology of beer
Proof of knowledge of Spanish (only if you are not from Spanish speaking country).Optionally, you can also submit:
  • Proof of knowledge of English (above the minimum required).
  • Proof of additional training related to the content of the master's degree (courses, seminars or other training activities, for which proof must be provided).
  • Proof of professional experience and stays abroad.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3132 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3132 EUR per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2913 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2913 EUR per year and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Tarragona

  • 580 - 960 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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