Master of Viticulture and Oenology

Be part of a renowned institution

Adelaide is one of the great wine capitals of the world with over 200 cellar doors within an hour of the CBD. Our winemakers are innovators and cultural leaders within a sector helping drive the nation’s economy. In fact, 70 percent of Australian wine research happens at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.

This intensive two-year degree has an international reputation for excellence. It’s suited to students with a relevant bachelor degree or equivalent in a science field.

What will you do?

  • Study at the largest agricultural teaching and research precinct in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Make wine in our state-of-the-art Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory.
  • Build hands-on scientific and technological skills in the vineyards and winery.
  • Learn from over 150 researchers and partners in grape and wine science.
  • Access cutting-edge research at the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production.
  • Undertake a research project and submit a thesis of 10,000 words OR complete a professional placement of at least 10 weeks (375 hours).

Where could it take you?

You could manage a vineyard or winery. You might experiment with the latest technologies to innovate and develop efficiencies in related industries. Perhaps you’ll focus on sustainable and natural practices, building an organic, biodynamic or solar-powered future for the wine industry.  

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM180
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent in a Science related field including (but not restricted to) Agriculture, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Plant and General Science and Engineering.

Please note the program is only available for Semester 2 entry.

How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM180

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $38,475

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

The grape and wine industry offers a number of career opportunities within Australia and internationally.

As a graduate, you’ll be qualified to manage a vineyard, direct and carry out vineyard operations, direct wine-making operations and manage the winery.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Grape Production, Grower Liaison Officer, Vineyard Management, Winemaking, Brewer, Distiller, Wine Exporter, Wine Scientist, Winemaker, Winery Manager

Degree Structure

The master's is a 48 unit program of advanced coursework, including all core courses, a range of electives, and the option to undertake either a 12 unit research option or a 12 unit professional experience component in either a viticulture or oenology discipline. Students undertaking the graduate diploma will take the same courses as those undertaking the first year of the master's program; satisfactory completion will enable a student to apply for the master's program. Graduate diploma undertake all core courses (except Advances in Oenology).

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Choice of:
  • Professional Experience
    or
  • Research Project
Electives

 

Additional relevant courses selected with the approval of the Program Advisor

Assessment

Assessment includes assignments, practical reports and a final examination.

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Testimonial

The University has a high reputation in my study field. Adelaide is located right in the centre of the Australian wine industry. This allows me to access the latest wine technology and keep close to the industry. The lifestyle of an Australian coastal city is also a bonus.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021