Master's degree (validated by the Royal Agricultural University)

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What does the course cover?

The course covers key areas such as sparkling wine production, climate change, and sustainability. You’ll have opportunities to visit other wine-producing areas in Europe throughout your course. Supported by our friendly wine department staff, you’ll be able to benefit from their considerable international expertise and research experience in addition to our outstanding wine centre facilities; enabling you to access an outstanding Master’s level education.   

At the beginning of your course, you’ll be required to attend a two-week intensive course in vinegrowing and winemaking.  During your first semester, you’ll study three modules which will enable you to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of current research in biochemistry, grapevine physiology, microbiology and wine chemistry. The second semester will focus on climate, sparkling wine and sustainability. If you’re looking to complete your postgraduate diploma in viticulture and oenology, you can choose to write an independent study and end your studies at this point. Alternatively, if you’d like to study for your full Master’s degree, you’ll normally take an in-depth research methods module before starting your Master’s project. During your third semester, you’ll complete your Master’s project, which can be taken either in the UK Wine Research Centre, or in another suitable location. 

What study trips are there? 

In your second semester, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to visit a classic European wine region as part of the two compulsory modules in the programme. You’ll also have the chance to join study tours organised by Plumpton College which have previously included Bordeaux, Montpellier, Dijon, North-East Italy, Barcelona and the Mosel Valley.

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In your final semester, you’ll be able to take part in an in-depth investigative research project into a specialist topic in viticulture and oenology. You’ll have the possibility to conduct these projects in partnership with industry and in other European countries; providing you with a broad range of real-life professional experience.   

Entry Requirements:

Upper second class Honours degree (science-related subject) and WSET Level 2.


Full-time: 1 year (14 months)

Part-time: 2 years (26 months)

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is P864.

I like the flexibility that Plumpton offers. In Italy, you need to have a background or degree in Oenology but Plumpton offers the possibility for students who don’t necessarily have a degree related to viticulture allowing us to bring different backgrounds and knowledge to the table.

Being an overseas student what I like about Plumpton is that they not only supported me with my studies but socially as well. I often receive newsletters with what’s on and social events taking place in Brighton as well as job opportunities or advertisements related to the wine industry. 

The MSc at Plumpton is the only English-speaking MSc available in Europe - you get to taste wines from all over the world. In Italy, I worked as a sommelier and 95% of customers are drinking Italian wines, whereas London is a shop window for tasting wines from all around the world.

Andrea Balducci

Full-Time MSc student


You can be assured that in choosing Plumpton, you'll be studying in the heart of the South East of England's dynamic wine production industry and benefiting from our close proximity to the London wine trade. We manage 10 hectares of vineyards here - producing about 40,000 bottles of award-winning still and sparkling wine each year. 

At our Plumpton Wine Centre, you'll discover our outstanding purpose-built facility consisting of a commercial winery, laboratories, research winery plus a wine sensory evaluation room for you to use throughout your studies. 

Future Opportunities

This course gives you the opportunity to develop advanced skills in vinegrowing and winemaking; making you highly employable in senior roles requiring a high technical knowledge and considerable degree of responsibility. Ideally, this qualification will enable you to apply the knowledge and understanding gained through your previous qualification, within a wine industry context, at a high level. You could go on to choose a role as a vineyard manager, viticultural consultant, winemaker or winemaking consultant either in the wine trade, or wine production, anywhere in the world where wine is produced or sold. Alternatively, you may choose to continue your studies to achieve a PhD qualification in a related subject.

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