The course is highly suited to those wishing to advance a production or technical management career and individuals with responsibility for theimplementation of technical governance.
The course has been specifically designed for part-time distance learning so that you can acquire and practise skills in your work environment. Modules are delivered by a combination of interactive elearning and intensive advanced residential courses.
The course is taught by staff from the School of Bioscienceswith expertise in brewing and related sciences, together with invited contributions from specialist brewing practitioners; all are internationally renowned leaders within their field.
Our Postgraduate courses were developed with the support of the EPSRC and the BBRSC Modular Training for Industry Scheme.
75% of course materials are delivered by distance learning, designed to be studied part-time and to fit around your work. The latest innovations in web-based learning are used to ensure an interactive feel to the course and promote deeper learning of the scientific principles of brewing – these innovations include:
In 2012, 87.5% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £23,361 with the highest being £33,000.
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. OurCareers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment eventswhere you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.
Brewery Waste Management and Environmental Issues
This module considers water effluents and waste treatments and disposal. Students are introduced to scientific principles and relevance to industrial practice of · Sources of water, forms of treatment and the characterization of waste water · The disposal of brewery effluents · Disposal and potential uses of spent grains · Disposal and potential uses of spent yeast · Reduction in energy consumption in the brewery and other topics related to maturation of beer as deemed appropriate.
This module considers the occurrence, frequency and biology of the non-brewing yeast microorganisms that are associated with the spoilage of the process or final product. The impact of occurrence of microorganisms on process and beer will be considered. Students are introduced to scientific principles and relevance to industrial practice of · Spoilage microorganisms associated with the brewing process and final beer product · Sampling, Detection and Identification of brewery microorganisms · Disinfection of brewery yeast · Cleaning- in - place operations · The principles and practice of brewery hygiene · HACCP and other topics related to brewing microbiology as deemed appropriate
Sensory and instrumental analysis of beer
This module covers elements of sensory science and instrumental analysis, both at a theoretical level and as they are applied to evaluate beer quality. Experimental design and data analysis are covered as an integral part of analytical and sensory best practice. Topics include: Instrumental Analysis: Basic principles of instrumental analysis (sensitivity, selectivity, resolution, signal to noie, reproducibility, reference methods & standards...) Separation science: chromatography theory & applications (particularly HPLC/GC) Experimental design and data analysis Beer analyses (chemical & physical): e.g. Ethanol( ABV, SG, OG etc); Beer colour & flavour attributes; Bitterness (IBU); VDK; DMS; acidity; bulk composition (protein/carbohydrate/ash/minerals) dissolved gases (CO2/O2); foam stability/head retention; viscosity mesurement; polyphenols. Output specifications, tolerance and monitoring. Brewery Quality Systems Sensory analysis: Theory of sensory analysis/designing and running sensory trials. Facilities and recruitment of assessors Introduction to main sensory methodologies (e.g. discrimination testing/quantitative methods/ descriptive/ profiling, threshold determination/ hedonic tests) Beer flavour wheel/ Quantitative descriptive analysis of beer Ethical considerations/consumer testing and behaviour Experimental design & analysis of sensory data: ANOVA, PCA and other topics related to instrumental and sensory analysis as deemed appropriate.
Beer flavour development
This module looks at flavour quality across the brewing process, examining the key materials, processes and quality parameters which influence beer flavour from grain to glass. · What is flavour? · Flavour perception (including basic mechanisms of the senses of taste, aroma, trigeminal chemoreception, somatosensation, vision) Flavour as a human experience. Interactions between sensory modalities. · The key components of beer flavour quality (volatile/ non volatile flavour components and balance; sweetness-bitterness balance; chloride-sulfate ration; trigeminal effects: temperature/ carbonation; mouthfeel (e.g. beer foam, viscosity) influence of pH; multisensory considerations) · Freshness - what is it? What does it mean in beers? How might it be maintained? · The development and control of key beer flavour characters or off-notes throughout the brewing process. In this section of the course a cross-process approach will be used to identify key control points and examine the inter-play between raw materials and process in determining each factor (e.g. DMS, di-acetyl, fusel oil, t-2-nonenal, acetaldehyde...) · Trouble shooting flavour defects in beer · Flavour stability/ staling of beer during storage: oxidation/ maturation. To include methods for monitoring beer staling · Flavour stability and beer storage: oxidation/ maturation; staling of beer and its control. · Developing products with flavour `balance´
Beer Quality Development
This module looks at flavour quality across the brewing process, examining the key materials, processes and quality parameters from grain to glass. · Introduction: components of beer flavour quality (volatile / non-volatile flavour components; sweetness-bitterness balance; chloride-sulfate ratio; mouthfeel; effects of pH; multisensory considerations) · Contribution of the mineral / ionic composition of water to beer flavour · Flavour generation during malting (Part 2) · The flavour chemistry of mashing/ wort production · The flavour chemistry of hops: iso-á-acids; hop oil components / late hopping · Flavour formation pathways during fermentation (yeast biochemistry & microbiology) · Key aroma compounds for beer quality: (DMS, di-acetyl, fusel oil, t-2-nonenal, acetaldehyde....) · Flavour stability and beer storage: oxidation/ maturation; staling of beer and its control. · Developing products with flavour `balance´ and other topics related to flavour quality as deemed appropriate.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
Other requirements:Relevant workplace experience may, in some circumstances, be accepted as qualification for entry to this course.
No work experience is required.
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In the most recent QAA Institutional Audit (2009) the University received the highest possible commendation and was praised for a number of features, including the contribution of our Graduate and Student Service Centres to supporting and enhancing the student experience and the University's systems for listening and responding to the student voice.
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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
Studying at Nottingham is an experience that goes far beyond traditional lectures. A flexible approach to teaching combines established teaching methods, such as tutorials, with interactive and web-based methods.