Distilling course launches to target ‘innovative graduates’

25th July, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has launched a range of distilling qualifications to meet demand for ‘graduates with the knowledge to drive innovation’.

Dr Catherine Barry-Ryan (left), programme chair, and Marie Byrne (right) commercial director of Chinnery Spirits

The new part-time study options launched by the DIT are aimed at industry professionals who are hoping to further their career in brewing or distilling.

The BSc Food Innovation – Brewing and Distilling course at the DIT will teach students the necessary scientific and engineering skills to pursue careers in breweries and distilleries.

As well as obtaining knowledge of the scientific principles fundamental to brewing and distilling, students will acquire the business acumen necessary to innovate in the industry.

Marie Byrne, adjunct lecturer at DIT and commercial director of Chinnery Spirits, who initiated the programme with support from Irish Distillers and Diageo, said: “Now, for the first time in Ireland, drinks industry professionals can acquire the knowledge and the academic accreditation to perform at the very highest levels within the industry while having the flexibility to continue working while they study.”

The part-time qualification will offer a range of entry points for those interested in studying brewing and distilling. The programme allows experienced employees to join in the second or third year, while applications from science graduates seeking a new career are also welcome.

Patricia Callan, director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, said: “Brewing and distilling form an important part of Ireland’s industrial heritage and the highly-skilled craftsmanship of Irish brewers and distillers have been central to the development of so many iconic Irish drink brands.

“The BSc course and its flexible learning opportunities in DIT seek to maintain and further advance these high standards while also promoting best practice and innovation in these crafts. This programme responds to that need and offers opportunities to gain a qualification and foothold in an exciting and growing industry.”

Earlier this year, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust announced plans to launch a Level 3 Award in Spirits course next year, following industry demand for an advanced qualification.

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