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University Master's Degree in Fermented Beverages

Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Program overview
2 semesters
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
1,806 EUR
October 2022

1,806 EUR
October 2023

1,806 EUR
October 2024

Program description

University Master's Degree in Fermented Beverages

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 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 go on to do a doctoral program.
  • 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.

Students also have the option of not choosing a particular specialisation and doing a more general master’s degree, which is broader in scope and combines both esearch and professional objectives.

The course will be taught in Spanish (90%) and English (10%)

Admission requirements

This Master's Degree 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.

Depending on their prior training and the specialisation, students may be required to do bridging course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit our university website.

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Program content

Compulsory subjects

Yearly subjects

  • Master’s Thesis

First semester

  • Fermented Drinks
  • Food Safety
  • Chemometrics Applied to Wines and Foods
  • Preparation and Presentation of Projects
  • Sustainability Assessment: Life Cycle Analysis
  • Optional subjects

Second semester

  • External Practicals
  • Optional subjects

Optional Subjects:

  • Scientific Communication
  • Advanced Oenological Analysis and Sensometrics
  • Macromolecules of Grapes and Wine
  • Scientific Advances in Wine Yeasts
  • New Challenges in Malolactic Fermentation
  • Biotechnology and Microbiological Monitoring of Wine
  • Latest Advances in the Production of Vinegars and Distilled Beverages
  • Innovation in Pre and Post Fermentation Treatments
  • Other Microorganisms of Interest to Oenology and Viticulture

Scholarships & funding

The URV Master's Grants are aimed at exempting full-time students newly registered on a master's course from registration up to a maximum of 60 ECTS credits. For those master's degrees consisting of 90 and 120 ECTS credits, there is the possibility that students may receive the grant in the second year.

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • For students from member states of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Andorra* or resident in Spain: €1,806 / full time-course.
  • Rest of students*: €2,913.

*Students who have obtained their degrees outside of Spain will be charged with €218.15 as a Tax of academic career that will apply in the first registration only (price for course 2021-22).


Credits - 60 ECTS

Continuing studies

Doctoral programme in Oenology and Biotechnology

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. This way, if you graduate in the University Master's degree in Fermented Beverages you will 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.

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Universitat Rovira i Virgili

The Rovira i Virgili University (URV) is a young and dynamic university serving the needs of society, with an international outlook and a close relationship with our immediate socioeconomic environment. Located in Tarragona, approximately 100 kms south-west of Barcelona on...

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C. de l'Escorxador, s/n
43003 Tarragona Catalonia

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