Bachelor of Science (Honours) Brewing and Distilling (BRD) CW108

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW108
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  • New Course
  • 4 Years
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What is the Course about?

Brewing is the process by which beer is produced. The sugars in grain are fermented into alcohol with a yeast and hops are added for flavour. Distilling is the fermentation and purification process for the production of distilled spirits including whiskey and brandy. The brewing and distilling industry in Ireland is growing rapidly.

  • Whiskey exports up by 60% since 2009 with 60 million litres exported per annum
  • A growing Irish beer sector employing 2,000 people and supporting thousands of farming families
  • Direct employment in distilling to grow by 30% by 2025
  • Massive growth in microbreweries with 100 expected by 2025
  • Plans to invest €1 billion in the Whiskey industry and to grow market share by 300%
  • 28 distilleries now operating or being developed on the island of Ireland
  • Thousands of indirect jobs in areas like raw materials, marketing, supply chain, tourism, logistics and research

Successful brewing and distilling requires the application of both scientific and engineering principles. This four year programme, the first undergraduate brewing and distilling programme in Ireland, equips students with the necessary scientific knowledge and instrumentation competencies to work in the brewing and distilling industry. Combined with modules in product development, marketing and regulatory affairs, graduates will be ideally qualified to work in these expanding industries. The programme incorporates an industry work placement in Year 3 and a research project in Year 4.

"The Brewing and Distilling Programme at IT Carlow will not only provide students with an excellent background for entry into the brewing and distilling industries, it will also provide knowledge and technical skills for entry into the wider food and beverage sector"
Dr James Bryce, Director of Studies for Brewing and Distilling, Heriott Watt University, Edinburgh.

Special Features:

This is the first programme of its kind in Ireland designed specifically to meet the demands of a growing industry.

  • Industry-based work placement
  • Access to brewing and distilling facilities as part of the programme
  • Collaboration with industry

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can progress to MSc and PhD programmes at IT Carlow or other third level Institutes or research centres.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates will be skilled brewing and distilling experts and will gain employment in a variety of roles in the brewing and distilling industries including production, laboratory and technical work, quality assurance or product development, in large or small scale breweries or distilleries. Graduates may even start their own company. Skills can be used globally so there are endless international opportunities.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director/Work Placement Co-ordinator
Dr Gerard Murphy, BSc, PhD