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Wine Science

Wine Science - quick facts
Taught by School of Chemical Sciences
Available as a subject for

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Master of Science (MSc)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)*

Further information

Science Postgraduate Prospectus

Wine Science Postgraduate Handbook

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*This subject is available as area of PhD study within other subjects in the Faculty of Science. Please consult our postgraduate advisers for availability.

Subject description

Grace Stewart, postgraduate candidate, Wine Science, School of Chemical Sciences


In the last twenty years, the global wine industry has become increasingly internationalised and sophisticated. Along with other new-world producers, the New Zealand wine industry has grown rapidly. This success has created demands for highly trained and skilled participants and for locally focussed scientific research of the highest standards.

The programme uses the experiences of winemaking in New Zealand to highlight the multiple dimensions and applications of wine science. A central theme is that wine science is more than simply winemaking. The programme is organised around the understanding of wine production as a process that runs from the vine to the mouth. Courses examine the science of grape production and winemaking, and analytical techniques in winemaking. Students also have the opportunity to learn about the organisation and operation of wine businesses and the industry as a whole. They are encouraged to pursue particular fields of interest by completing a research project in wine science and by enrolling in relevant specialised courses in associated departments.



Structure and prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Wine Science major

The prerequisite is a BSc, or other relevant degree as approved by the Programme Director.



Master of Science (MSc) - Wine Science major

The prerequisite is a PGDipSci in Wine Science.

Requirements: Research Masters


Career opportunities

Students receiving their Postgraduate Diploma or Master's degree in Wine Science often gain work experience by taking seasonal vintage jobs in New Zealand and also overseas. It's common for them to experience two vintages in one year by working in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Longer term, most of our graduates find permanent positions in winemaking, laboratory or quality assurance positions. A few also choose sales and marketing positions in the wine industry.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Wine Science postgraduate handbook. You can also visit the Wine Science website or contact:

Neill Culley
Programme Director
Phone: +64 9 373 7999
Email: n.culley@auckland.ac.nz