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MICRO-CREDENTIAL: BREWING & DISTILLING

Qualification : MICRO-CREDENTIAL (9)

Award Type and NFQ level : MICRO-CREDENTIAL

CAO/PAC code : MMC20

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 19 February 2024

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The course aims to equip learners with the necessary scientific knowledge and instrumentation competencies to develop skills relevant to the alcoholic drinks industry. The course was created in response to the strong demand for an analytical course to support the growing Irish craft brewing and whiskey industries.

This course in Brewing & Distilling Science is both co-designed and co-delivered by industry experts. The Department of Chemistry has been analysing Irish whiskies over the past number of years, and this coupled with their engagement with beverage industries provides the perfect platform for the co-creation of a course in Brewing & Distilling (B&D).

This is a focused short course which will provide an overview into the science behind key analytical skills and how to interpret scientific results. This course will run part-time commencing in March 2024 and will last 12 weeks. The lectures will be delivered under a blended approach and there is an opportunity to practice and develop these key skills hands-on in a modern laboratory facility over a 3-day residency at Maynooth University. As part of the course there will be a career development lecture by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling IBD (Irish Section). Upon completion participants will obtain an accredited Certificate in Continuing Education from Maynooth University.

This course is ideal for:

  • A new entrant to Brewing & Distilling (B&D) looking to upskill and develop applicable knowledge in quality control and analysis.
  • A professional already in the B&D industry who is looking to upskill to enhance their career development.
  • A craft brewer or whiskey distiller seeking a quality training opportunity to enhance employee skills.
  • Irish Whiskey, Spirits and brewing Aficionados as private individuals.

Applicants should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree in a science background. 

This course is also open to experienced industry professionals who do not hold a primary or higher degree with entry via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 

Further information on RPL can be found on the RPL website. Applicants who wish to apply via RPL must submit a completed RPL form with their application. Click the following link to access a copy of the RPL application form

Minimum English language requirements: For more information on the minimum English language requirements for non-native speakers, please see link to Maynooth University’s Micro-credentials Entry Requirements.

Denise Rooney

Head of Department

Department of Chemistry


Department of Human Health Institute

This micro-credential course in B&D provides a tailored education programme, merging the technical and scientific aspects of the B&D industry processes. It will equip learners with the necessary scientific knowledge and instrumentation competencies to develop their skills to work in the drinks industry. The course was developed over extensive consultation with industry professionals and will provide:

  • An overview into the science behind key analytical skills used in the B&D industry
  • An understanding of how to interpret scientific results
  • Hands-on opportunities to practice and develop these key skills in a modern laboratory facility.

Combined with workshops, group work, virtual lab simulations, hands-on practical sessions and lectures by academic and industry experts, graduates will be ideally qualified to work in the B&D industry or if already employed in this industry will bring an additional knowledge skill set to enhance their career prospects.  External lecturers on the programme will expertly contribute to the delivery on this industry led introduction to B&D science.

Topics will include:

-              Yeast: Introduction to relevant Analytical Techniques

-              Environment & Sustainability

-              Analysis in Fermentation & raw materials

-              Distillation

-              Sensory analysis & small molecule impact on flavour

-              Quality: Process Control and Clean in Place (CIP)

-              Career Development 

There will be a 3-day hands-on experience of analytical techniques applicable to the B&D industry at Maynooth University supervised by highly experienced technical staff.

Course Duration: 12 weeks, part-time

The world class B&D industry is a very significant contributor to the Irish Economy with products in over 125 markets and exports worth €1.44 billion. It is Ireland’s fastest growing manufacturing sector with a strong presence across the country and it has been predicted that this sector will create 23,000 new jobs by 2025. Currently, there are 38 operational Irish Whiskey distilleries, an estimated 34 Irish gin distilleries and 75 microbreweries in the country compared to 15 breweries and 4 distilleries in 2008. As a result of this rapid growth there is a need to educate and train this growing sector and provide a sound scientific knowledge base and understanding of modern instrumentation techniques. Graduates of the micro-credential will ultimately be able to appreciate, explore and implement the best practice in their own settings, whether this be in production, technical or research work.

Online application only https://v2.pac.ie/institute/19

PAC Code: MMC20

The following documents should be uploaded to your online application form: 

  • Birth certificate OR valid photo ID (eg. Passport or driver’s licence).
  • Marriage Certificate (for students who wish to register in their married name).
  • Certified copies of all official transcripts of results or degree parchments for all non-Maynooth University qualifications (if applying with a degree or qualification in a relevant subject).
  • Completed RPL form (if applying through RPL). 

 Note: failure to provide all necessary documents will result in a delay to your application being processed.

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