Diploma in Brewing

The industry benchmark for the advanced technical brewer

Diploma in Brewing



Hours of Study:

120 hours per each of 3 modules. 


Booking opens in September for June 2020 exam


Exam and self-directed learning materials

Optional Support:

Tutor Guided Learnng

Face to Face Learning


from £405 per module


Candidates should have first completed the IBD’s General Certificate in Brewing or have a solid understanding of the science and technology of brewing. Candidates should ideally be working at or towards senior / head brewer level.

If no exam centres are suitable, please contact us at customer.support@ibd.org.uk

Bookings open in September

Course Components
Study at your own pace with our Online Learning resource containing bite sized modules and over 200 practice exam questions

What will I learn?

You will be taught in depth brewing science, covering all aspects of the production process. This qualification is split into three modules, each of which builds on the knowledge gained through the Certificate level programme.

Module 1

This module goes into great detail about the biochemistry of raw ingredients and how the special properties of barley, hops and adjuncts enable the brewing process. The module then moves on to learning about the physical and biochemical changes that occur during wort production.

Online learning is available for this module now

Module 2

In Module 2 you will study the biology of yeast and the science of fermentation. You will learn about the various processes involved in the finishing of beer and in its preparation for packaging. This Module also details the quality aspects required in producing beer and looks at the methods which enable you to produce a highly consistent product. 

Online learning for this module will be coming late 2019

Module 3

In Module 3 you will be taught about the engineering aspect of brewing, gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of heat transfer, fluid dynamics and the gas laws in brewing. You will learn about how processes are controlled, and about the safe operation of equipment and handling of materials. This Module also looks at the environmental impact that brewing has and the ways in which this can be minimised.

Online learning for this module will be coming in 2020

Download the full syllabus to find out exactly what you will learn and how the examination works. 

What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised brewing qualification in the world. The Diploma in Brewing demonstrates to your employer your advanced, applied understanding of brewing science in order to control the brewing process to produce a high quality and consistent product.

Obtaining this qualification allows you to use the “Dipl. Brew” post nominal .

Further Support:

Tutor-guided learning

An 18-week programme of interactive online tutorials in small class sizes backed up with a learner discussion forum. Led by experienced IBD tutors, this programme is designed to work in combination with the self-directed course, embedding the key learning objectives and giving you the opportunity to ask for help where you most need it.

Face to Face Learning Available

An intensive 5-day classroom-based programme in which the whole syllabus is revised and brought to life with practical sessions and multiple-choice question practice. This interactive learning experience gives context to the learning material through hands on sessions with raw ingredients, off-flavour taste testing and problem-solving games.

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Introductory Membership Offer

Join the IBD family with a specially reduced rate while you study. This allows you to attend events designed to support your learning and encourage networking. You also gain access to our journal and our monthly members magazine which contain additional resources for exam candidates.

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What can I go on to study?

For those that have achieved the Diploma level qualification, the journey to Master Brewer is the next stage in your professional certification programme. The IBD’s Master Brewer qualification is the industries highest level of recognition for those performing in senior roles within the industry. To achieve this qualification takes many years of study and experience, but is backed up and supported by IBD mentors, tutoring programmes and our network of global experts. Becoming a Master Brewer is not quick or easy, but the journey is rewarding and the opportunities many for those that achieve it.

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