There are four stages you must complete when applying to the MW Study Programme:


A supporting reference from a Master of Wine or senior member of the trade must be provided as part of the application process. The reference form will be made available here in the coming weeks.


Online Application form

Applications for 2016-17 are now closed. Applications for 2017-18 will open on 1 June 2017.

The application form requires the following information:

  • Personal/contact details.
  • Details of three years’ work experience within the wine industry (including dates worked at each position).
  • Details of wine qualifications.
  • Details of academic qualifications (degree level and above).
  • A statement of motivation on how you see yourself contributing to the Institute's mission: "Through our Members and our activities, to promote excellence interaction and learning in the global wine community." (this should be no more than 500 words)
  • A brief statement outlining the areas of wine you are interested in researching.
  • Confirmation of your first and second choice of residential seminars.
  • Send documents supporting your application, such as copies of your WSET Diploma certificate.

Application fee

The application fee for 2017 is listed below

Without tax

(If EU tax number is provided)


With tax

(VAT at 20%)







Practical and Theory assignments

On receiving your details and application fee, information on the Institute’s examination software (called Examsoft) will be sent out, enabling the download of the online assignments for completion. It will take up to one week from your application fee being paid to receive your online assignments.

You must complete one Theory assignment and one Practical (tasting) assignment. These assignments must be completed under timed exam conditions using the Institute’s exam software from your own computer, in your own time. Both Practical and Theory assignments must be written in English. Through these assignments, the Institute is assessing your wine knowledge, experience, understanding and ability to communicate effectively.

Practical assignment

Details of the wines from the 2016 application assignment are listed below - for information - this allowed the purchase of the wines in advance of sitting the assignment:

  • Wine 1: Sancerre from Loire Valley, France, approximately 20-25 GBP, from either the 2013 or 2014 vintage.
  • Wine 2: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (unoaked), approximately 8-12 GBP, from either the 2014 or 2015 vintage.
  • Wine 3: Cru Bourgeois from Bordeaux, made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon, approximately 20-25 GBP, from either the 2011 or 2012 vintage.

  • Wine 4: California Cabernet Sauvignon, approximately 8-12 GBP, from either the 2013 or 2014 vintage.

For applicants who were not able to purchase  wines the exercise can be completed as a dry tasting exercise. Questions are not displayed until the online exam starts. Once you the exam is started, it cannot be exited without uploading the paper. There are 90 minutes to complete the paper. When the time has elapsed, assignments will automatically be saved and submitted.

Examples of Practical Questions asked in 2015 can be found here: Practical Entry Exam Questions 2015.pdf

Theory assignment

You must answer one question from a choice of two theory questions. Questions will only become visible once you start the assignment. On entering Examsoft, you cannot exit without uploading the paper. You are given 90 minutes to answer one of the two questions available. When the time has elapsed, your assignments will automatically be saved and submitted.

Examples of Theory Questions asked in 2015 can be found here: Theory Questions for Applications 2015.pdf

The theory assignment and practical assignment can be taken at different times.

What next? 

Each application is considered holistically by a panel of MWs, taking into account your professional experience, reference, motivation for joining the Study Programme and marks in the entry exam. All of these components will help the admissions panel to identify candidates who show the potential to be successful MW students.


The Institute agrees to provide the MW study programme to you in return for the payment of the Institute’s tuition fees. The Institute sets the fees on an annual basis. By submitting an application for the MW study programme you acknowledge that you will become liable for the payment of the relevant tuition fee on acceptance of you by the Institute onto the MW study programme.

More Information


Please refer to the General Information section, where many of the frequently asked questions are addressed. You can also view our online videos introducing the study programme here.
Any questions regarding the study programme or the application process should be addressed to the Institute by email.