Grape and Wine Science

Lead improvements in grape and wine quality

Wine is an economic powerhouse, with the industry tipped to be worth over US$420bn globally by 2023*. But success is never guaranteed. In Australia, and indeed worldwide, producers face significant challenges, including climate change, resource scarcity and changing consumer trends.

Continued high-quality research in grape and wine science holds the key—and our new Master of Science (Grape and Wine Science) prepares you to play a leading role.

What will you do?

The Master of Science (Grape and Wine Science) is completed over two years full-time at the University’s renowned Waite campus, where fully 70% of Australia’s wine research activity takes place.

Part of one of the world’s longest established wine study programs, the degree is delivered by globally recognised researchers and academics within a faculty ranked among the world’s top 40 for Agriculture^. You will also learn from researchers from our outstanding partner organisations, including the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

Delivered through an engaging, student-centred blend of face-to-face and online coursework, it will equip you with:

  • a deep understanding of the science underpinning cutting-edge winemaking and viticulture, and its place within science’s broader scope
  • advanced capabilities working in interdisciplinary contexts, from grapevine physiology to wine chemistry and sensory science
  • high-level skills in collecting, analysing, critically evaluating and synthesising qualitative and quantitative data from biological systems
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, for a range of purposes
  • strong research skills—highly transferable to related disciplines and industries, such as food, analytical chemistry and microbiology—through a significant independent research project.

You’ll also have the option of:

  • gaining valuable real-world experience through an industry internship
  • undertaking life-changing overseas study tours at esteemed international universities.

Where could it take you?

You could guide a French winery’s efforts to continue enhancing its sparkling wine offerings despite climate change. You might drive the growth of hardy cool-climate varieties in Argentina’s Central Patagonian steppes. Perhaps you’ll help a US brand develop new products to appeal to Millenials.

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