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International Centre for Brewing & Distilling (ICBD)

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The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) is a unique teaching and research facility. ICBD is the only organisation in the UK to offer both Honours and Masters degrees in Brewing and Distilling.

Heriot-Watt ICBDSchool of Life Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
T: +44 (0)131 451 4675

Prof. Alex Speers
School established: Brewing instruction at Heriot-Watt began in 1903; ICBD is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2014
Programmes offered:

  • BSc in Brewing and Distilling (on campus)
  • MSc/PG Diploma in Brewing and Distilling (on campus & distance learning)
  • Short courses and contract research opportunities
  • Research degrees available - M.Phil. and Ph.D.

Registration deadline: Under-graduate: mid-August (on campus); registration may be made at any time for distance learning and post-graduate degrees
Commencement: mid-September
Number of students:
15 undergraduates per annum; 50 post-graduate students on campus; 90 distance learning students

Where are students from: Worldwide
Accommodation: There are undergraduate and post-graduate residences on campus
Language of instruction: English
What happens next? Approximately 95% are hired by industry while a few enrol for higher degrees (e.g. Ph.D.) at ICBD and elsewhere
Facilities: 2hl pilot brewery, distillery and maltings, full laboratory facilities with specialised analytical equipment such as confocal microscope, flow cytometer, genomics and proteomics facilities and an updated sensory suite. A major funding campaign (£250K) is underway to modernise analytical instrumentation.

Details updated: 17th July 2014

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