Creative experimentation and a thirst for knowledge are the best qualifications for studying Beverage Technology. The special profile in the degree program is seen in the practically-oriented focus; the students produce fruit juice and fruit-based drinks, distillates, sparkling wine and – not least – beer. They treat the products from the raw ingredients through process engineering to inspection, declaration and marketing – and through this are very well qualified for management jobs within the beverage industry.
From the production to the shopping basket: the students develop a comprehensive understanding of food and supply chains. The theoretical and practical foundation of the production of fresh goods are just as much on the timetable as logistics and storage technology, corporate management and sales management. In close vicinity to the hub of the global flow of goods, at Frankfurt Airport, and nestled in an excellent corporate network, they study at the pulse of the entire industry.
Together with Fresenius University (Idstein), Geisenheim University educates the experts-to-be in food safety. The students analyze, assess and ensure the quality of food in an inter-disciplinary environment – they combine the competencies of food technologists and chemists. Apart from legal issues and technology, chemistry, biology and analysis are in focus, since guaranteeing food safety means the application of the natural sciences. Case studies, projects and excursions cater for optimal networking.
Innovative robotics in the vineyard, the most modern production processes as well as traditional techniques in the cellar and the direct transfer of research findings in the practice characterize the degree program. Budding enologists receive the basic tools for the growing and development of high quality wines as well as their sales. Through many internships and projects they will have the opportunity to gain career-relevant experience. The expertise in organic viticulture in Geisenheim as well as in vine cultivation and climate change research provides the students with a real increase in knowledge – and so does the international network.
Students on the master’s degree program Beverage Technology develop their skills in the areas of process engineering as well as food safety and technology. They gain a deeper understanding of the provenance, effect, analysis and quality testing of enriching elements in beverages. With their skills in product and process development for the beverage industry and in investment, our graduates are professionals who are much sought-after by industry as well as by inspection and supervisory authorities and research institutions.
Core modules such as Biochemistry in Plant Production or Technology and Microbiology in Enology are the key features of the academic education of master’s students on the Enology degree program. Students can set their own individual accents through their choice of profile modules, which could be anything from Wines of the World and Organic Viniculture to Distribution and Logistics for Wine and Special Enology. The students are thus comprehensively qualified for management and leadership roles in production, quality management, sales and human resource management in companies within the wine and beverage industry.