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Beverage Technology (MSc)


This Master's programme is offered in cooperation with Geisenheim University.


This Master's programme enables students to solve beverage technology problems in industrial practice. Beverage technologists provide impulses in the development of new plants and machines, are in charge of planning production plants and investments. This distinguishes them from Bachelor graduates. They are the motors of product and process development and develop methods and criteria for the evaluation of products and processes, among other things. Due to the sensitivity of special beverage ingredients to external factors, in-depth knowledge of the occurrence, effect, analytics and quality control of value-giving ingredients is taught in addition to technical and technological requirements. Graduates are qualified to find employment in control and monitoring authorities or to take over departmental management in corresponding specialist departments of ministries. They also have the competence to work scientifically and to do a doctorate in the analytical and process engineering field. Economic skills are taught in the profile modules.

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


Accredited since December 10, 2010

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

Duration of Studies

  • 4 semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the study programme

The study programme is divided into two sections. The first section is completed at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), the second at Geisenheim University.

The degree programme is composed of 20 modules:

  • 8 core (compulsory) modules
  • 8 profile (elective) modules
  • a written Master's thesis (equivalent to 4 modules).


Half of the course modules are compulsory (core modules), the other half can be selected from the entire range of courses offered by faculty 09 of JLU and by other departments of the JLU as well as HS Geisenheim, department of oenology and winegrowing (profile modules). At least four profile modules must be completed in Giessen and at least two in Geisenheim.
Specialisation is possible through the choice of profile modules. The degree programme is successfully completed when all modules have been passed.

The core modules (compulsory modules) in the first year of study at JLU are:

  •  Process technology in food and service companies
  •  Applied Statistics
  •  Quality assurance and assessment of plant food raw materials
  •  Food Science


The core modules (compulsory modules) in the first year of study at HS Geisenheim are:

  • Microbiology of beverages
  • Plant design and process technology
  • Food safety
  • Food technology and process engineering of fruit products


Further Information

A description of the core- and specialisation modules can be found in the special regulations with module descriptions and module plans (in German)

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Courses offered in the course catalogue

Electronical course catalogue (in German)


Application: Admission requirements

Commencement of studies

Summer semester and winter semester
It is strongly recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission requirements

The admission to this study programme requires a relevant Bachelor's degree. The following programmes are currently considered to be relevant

  • Beverage Technology
  • Brewing
  • Viticulture and Oenology

The examination board may recognise other degrees as equivalent within the scope of the application and admission procedure after a case-by-case examination. In addition to mathematical-scientific prerequisites, a sound knowledge of the following areas is required:   

  • Microbiology
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Soft drinks
  • Filling and packaging technology
  • Process engineering
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Quality Management


  • The study program is not subject to admission restrictions.
  • The enrollment period for the winter semester begins in early June and for the summer semester in early December.
  • The end of the enrollment period is determined each year, please check the application portal during the enrollment period.

For international applicants, different rules apply in some cases. More...


Stays abroad in Giessen for international students (incomings)

Information for incoming students

Information and consultation


Stays abroad during the study programme (outgoings)

Information for outgoing students

Information and consultation


More Information

More Information: Documents

PDF documents about the study programme

We would also be pleased to provide you printed copies, please use our contact form.

Examination- and study regulations

Courses offered in the course catalogue


Contact 2

The study advisory takes place at JLU in the first phase of the study programme

Prof. Dr. Matthias Frisch
Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung II
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26
35392 Gießen
Tel.: (+49) 641 - 99 37540

Consultation hours: by appointment


The study advisory takes place at Hochschule Geisenheim University in the second phase of the study programme

Dr. Christian von Wallbrunn
Institut für Mikrobiologie und Biochemie
Von-Lade-Straße 1
65366 Geisenheim
Tel.: (+49) 6722 - 502  331

Consultation hours: by appointment


Central Study Advisory

Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk