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Master Brewer

The Master Brewer is the highest level of brewing qualification offered by the IBD. It is a measure of the level of a candidate's competence in the technical management of the brewing processes. Although they are competence-based assessments, it is essential that the candidate has a background which includes a detailed technical knowledge of the scientific theory and principles that underpins the process.


Typical candidates are team leaders or operational/technical managers in breweries. Successful candidates are considered to be sufficiently technically competent to take up senior production management positions in the industry.

- 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 


Entry Requirements

  • Entry is restricted to those holding the IBD Diploma in Brewing or exempt qualification.  
  • IBD membership is a requirement.
  • It is recommended that candidates have at least 5+ years industry experience.
  • 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.


Study Requirements 

  • It is recommended that completion of the Master qualification is planned over five years. The minimum recommended study time is 3 - 4 hours per week (total 120 hours) per Module.
  • Before applying we recommend that you read the Syllabus 
  • As this is a competence based examination candidates receive no direct Learning Material. Candidate's are recommended to revise over the Diploma Learning Material, Examiners Reports, Brewer & Distiller International, Journal of the Institute of Brewing and relevant textbooks to form the basis of their study. The Diploma Learning Material can be accessed under Learning Resources.  


Examination Requirements 

  • Examinations are sat in centres around the world, to find your closest one please click here.
  • Modules 1-4 consists of a two hour short answer examination and  two hour essay-style answer examination. Module 5 consists of a practical project dissertation.
    - Master Brewer 1 Sample Questions can be found here
    - Master Brewer 2 Sample Questions can be found here
    - Master Brewer 3 Sample Questions can be found here
    - Master Brewer 4 Sample Questions can be found here
  • IBD Examination Regulations can be found here

Examination Dates

Module Examination Date Early Bird (EB) Deadline EB Fee* Final Deadline (FD) (FD) Fee*
1 4 Jun 19 31 Jan 19 £275 1 Mar 19 £340
2 5 Jun 19 31 Jan 19 £275 1 Mar 19 £340
3 6 Jun 19 31 Jan 19 £275 1 Mar 19 £340
4 7 Jun 19 31 Jan 19 £275 1 Mar 19 £340
5 Dissertation N/A £275 30 Sep 18  

*Note: Fees may be subject to VAT.

Are you looking for training to complement this examination?
If you are interested in receiving training for this examination please visit the Training area of our website.