School of Chemical Sciences


Wine Science

The international success of the New Zealand wine industry has created demands for highly trained and skilled participants and for locally focused scientific research of the highest standards.

The Wine Science Postgraduate Programme at The University of Auckland highlights the multiple dimensions and applications of Wine Science. It offers courses that 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. Lecturers and researchers already working in wine-related fields are involved in teaching courses alongside Wine Science staff and leading New Zealand winemakers.

The programme also has strong links with leading international programmes of wine science research, such as the Australian Wine Research Institute at Adelaide, and the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, USA. Early in 2003 the programme started at the Tamaki Campus.

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Postgraduate programmes


The School of Chemical Sciences has several postgraduate programmes in Wine Science. You can choose from the following options:

Postgraduate Diploma in Wine Science

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipSci) follows from a BSc and is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time diploma that teaches the processes of wine production. The course work comprises core courses in wine science and elective courses. Assessment for the courses is by a combination of coursework, assignments and final examination.

Prerequisite: a relevant Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology or in a related field.

Requirements: courses (120 points) including at least 75 points from WINESCI 701 to WINESCI 707, with up to 45 points from approved 700 level courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Food Science and Geography.

Entry: selection for the course will be based on academic merit, but a professional interest in wine science will be taken into account.

Master of Science (MSc in Wine Science)

The MSc in Wine Science follows on from a PGDipSci in Wine Science, and is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time degree. You will write a thesis based on a research project.

Application procedure


Students must apply for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes online using Student Services Online. The number of places available in the programmes is limited. Prospective students should contact the director Randy Weaver, or Associate Professor Paul Kilmartin, of the Wine Science programme in advance of enrolment. To apply you should hand in a full CV, an academic record or transcript and other relevant material. Individual programmes of study must be approved by the director.

Student Services Online

PhD studies in the area of wine science are also available through the School of Chemical Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences.

Neill Culley (Director)
Phone: +64 9 372 7054 or +64 21510187
Email:n.culley@auckland.ac.nz

Associate Professor Paul Kilmartin
Level 5, Room 529B
Science Centre, Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88324 (City Campus)
Email: p.kilmartin@auckland.ac.nz

Find a list of our Wine Science courses