Apply for the Study Programme

Applications for 2016-17 are now closed. 
Applications for 2017-18 will open on 1 June 2017. 
The requirements for applicants are as follows:
  • Applicants must hold a Wine Qualification, this must be at least WSET Diploma level or bachelors or masters in wine (e.g. oenology, viticulture, wine business etc.) or an appropriately high level sommelier certificate.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years prior professional work experience in the global wine community. 
  • Applicants must find a referee to submit a letter of reference to support their application the referee should be a Master of Wine or another senior wine trade professional. Referee's can submit the reference  directly to the Institute via this link or email to using this template MW Application_Reference form_2016-17.docx  

  • During the application process the applicant is required to complete a practical and theory assignment. Assignments are assessed holistically to establish whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge, expertise and requisite communication skills to commence the programme.In 2015 students were asked to complete the following assignments under timed conditions using our online exam software. Applicants receive the list of wines prior to applying but only see the questions upon beginning each assignment. There was a time limit of 1.5 hour for the Practical Assignment and a 1.5 hour time limit for the theory assignment.  

The Institute reserves the right to make exceptions, which will be at the discretion of the Chair of Education and subject to a detailed written recommendation from a Master of Wine.

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For the latest Study Programme prospectus, please click on the following link:

Study Programme Prospectus

If you have questions about the Study Programme that are not addressed on the website, you can contact Marianne Crocker, the Institute's Education Officer, at 


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Any other questions regarding the study programme or the application process should be addressed to the Institute by email.