Master Brewer

The pinnacle of professional brewing qualifications

Master Brewer


Highly Advanced

Hours of Study:

120 hours per each of 5 modules


Bookings open Monday 30th September 2019 for June 2020 exam


Exam and self-directed learning materials

Optional Support:

Residential Courses


from £275 per module


You must be an IBD member and have achieved the IBD Diploma in Brewing or an exempt qualification. 

It is a requirement that all candidates for the Master Level qualification are sponsored by their employing organisation, with a senior person nominated as the candidate’s Sponsor. The role of the Sponsor is to support the candidate with resources and opportunities to carry out the full qualification programme, including the project - Module 5.

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

What will I learn?

While the IBD’s Master level qualification is all about demonstrating your expertise and competence, by embarking on this programme you will take control over your own learning and development. Your sponsoring mentor will help you to construct your study plan, built around the IBD syllabus, to be examined in five parts.

  • Module 1 - Raw Materials and Wort Production
  • Module 2 - Fermentation and Beer Processing
  • Module 3 - Packaging of Beer
  • Module 4 - Resource Management and Regulatory Compliance
  • Module 5 - Practical Project

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

What will I achieve?

The IBD Master Brewer qualification is the world's highest level of recognition for your competence in the technical management of the brewing production process, through a combination of knowledge and experience. It demonstrates your ability to learn from what has happened in the past, together with interpretive skills to deeply understand processes and continuously improve them. The IBD Master Brewer qualification is the culmination of many years of learning and putting science into action.

After achieving the award you may use the "M.Brew" post nominal.

Further Support:

Residential Courses Available

We offer a week long series of lectures and industry visits per module. During the course you will have lectures from specialist IBD accredited trainers, attend technical visits, work in groups and work over previous exam questions. This is a great opportunity to network with counterparts from all over the UK and the rest of the world. Please note we highly recommend sitting one module per year.

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Introductory Membership Offer

Join the IBD family with a specially reduced membership 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?

The IBD believe in life long learning. For those who attain our highest level of qualification we offer a number of professional development opportunities which enable you to give back to the community, while enhancing your own skills in new areas. You may find yourself helping to train the next generation of brewers and distillers, sitting on our examinations board or contributing to the continuous cycle of learning material improvement. There are many roles and opportunities for our Master Brewers within our community of global experts, what will yours be?

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