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Master of Wine Study Programme applications for the 2017-18 academic year are now open and will close on 17 July 2017. Applicants are required to complete an online Practical and Theory assignment and will need to provide a reference to confirm the applicant's credentials and abilities from either an MW or another senior wine trade professional.
 

Study Programme requirements

Reference information

Online application form

Online entrance examination

Application fee

 

MW Study Programme requirements

Applications must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Applicants must hold a wine qualification. This should at least be at WSET Diploma or equivalent. A Bachelors' or Masters' degree in wine (e.g. oenology, viticulture, wine business etc.) or an appropriately high level sommelier certificate would also be accepted.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of three years professional work experience in the global wine community.
  • The completion of an application form, including the provision of satisfactory responses to a number of questions.  
  • The provision of a reference confirming the applicant’s credentials, submitted directly and in confidence to the Institute by the referee. Please note the Institute sometimes changes the reference form, and so a new reference is required each time someone applies to join the programme. References should be provided by a Master of Wine or another senior wine trade professional with over 15 years experience in the trade.

Each applicant is looked at holistically, to consider their application as a whole. It is therefore important that each part of the application is carefully completed. Please note that historically the quality of answers to the open-ended questions in the application form have varied widely in quality. Poor, incomplete or hurried responses will put your candidacy at a strong disadvantage.
 

Information for referees

The references provided to support an applicant should certify in writing that the referee thinks the candidate, if ultimately successful, would be a suitable Member of the Institute of Masters of Wine. It should be clear that the referee has interviewed the candidate in relation to the MW Study Programme. 

The reference form should be submitted directly to the Institute and its contents will be kept confidential.

Referees can submit the reference directly to the Institute via this link or email to assignments@mastersofwine.org using this template [2017 reference form ]. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their referee submits the reference to the Institute in the correct manner.  
 

Online application form

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)
  • In no more than 500 words provide a statement of motivation on how you see yourself contributing to the Institute's mission: "Through our Members and our activities, The Institute of Masters of Wine promotes excellence interaction and learning in the global wine community."
  • Brief details on your wine tasting experience and how you intend to access wines throughout your studies, in preparation for the MW Exams
  • A statement regarding how you intend to dedicate sufficient study time to be appropriately prepared for the MW Examinations
  • Confirmation of your first and second choice of residential seminars
  • Supporting documentation for your application, such as copies of your WSET Diploma certificate

Before completing your application please ensure that you have read the following documents:

2017-18 Study Programme fee terms and conditions

MW Study Programme learning agreement

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Online entrance examination

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 between 1 June 2017 and 31 July 2017. 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 are listed below allowing the applicant to purchase the wines in advance of sitting the assignment:

  • Wine 1: Non-vintage Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, approximately 12-14 GBP
  • Wine 2: Non-vintage Brut Champagne, approximately 25-35 GBP
  • Wine 3: 2012 Côte Rôtie, Rhône Valley, France, approximately 40-50 GBP
  • Wine 4: 2015 Côtes du Rhône, Rhône Valley, France, approximately 9-14 GBP

If you cannot purchase these wines you may complete this assignment as a dry tasting exercise. You will not see the questions until you start the online exam. Once you have entered the exam, you cannot exit without uploading the paper. You are given 90 minutes to complete the paper. When the time has elapsed, your 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. Questions will be changed regularly between 1 June and 31 July.

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.

All papers must be uploaded/submitted by 31 July 2017.
 

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.
 

Results

We shall inform you if your application has been successful by 7 September 2017.
 

2017 Study Programme application fee

Without tax (if EU tax number provided)

With tax (Vat at 20%)               

GBP170

 GBP204


Application fees must be paid in order to access the online entrance examination - a link to download the examination software will be sent once the application fee has been received. Please note, the fee is non-refundable.  

Please note, anyone that attended an IMW introductory masterclass in 2017 is eligible to pay a reduced application fee of £100 (£120 including VAT). You will be asked to indicate if you attended a masterclass on the application form.

 

Fees

Your admission to the MW Study Programme is contingent on the payment of the Institute’s fees. These are set annually. By submitting an application for the MW Study Programme you acknowledge you will pay the relevant fees before entering the Programme.

Should you be accepted on to the programme we will invoice you for your fees in early September, and payment of fees will be due by 30 September 2017.


The fees for the 2017/18 Study Programme are as follows:
 

2017-18 Study Programme fees

Europe

(£)

North America

(£)

Australasia

(£)

 

Without tax

(if EU tax number provided)

With tax

(VAT at 20%)

Tax not applicable

With tax

(GST at 10%)

Stage 1 (inclusive of S1A fee)

GBP 3,600

GBP 4,320

GBP 3,110*

GBP3,421*

Stage 2 fee

GBP 3,600

GBP 4,320

GBP 3,110*

GBP3,421*

Stage 2 2018 examination entry fee

GBP 1,570

GBP 1,884

GBP 1,570

GBP1,727

Research paper fee (2017-18 session)

GBP 1,130

GBP 1,320

 Europe fee applies

Europe fee applies

 

The fees will cover the tuition of the given programme and, in certain cases, residential accommodation. Fees marked with * do not include accommodation. Please note, fees are subject to annual review.

Please take note of the following dates for the Stage 1 seminars in 2017-18. You must attend one of these seminars if you are accepted on to the programme.

Stage 1 Seminar

Dates

Adelaide, Australia

19-24 November 2017

Rust, Austria

14-21 January 2018

San Francisco, USA

26-31 January 2018


All Stage 1 students are required to sit the Stage 1 Assessment in one of the following locations in 2018:

Stage 1 Assessment

Date

Sydney

4 June 2018

London

4 June 2018

San Francisco

4 June 2018


In addition there are a number of optional course days available throughout the year:

Europe Course Days

Location

Dates

Day 1 and 2- Option 1

London

12-13 October 2017

Day 1 and 2- Option 2

London

16-17 October 2017

Day 3- Option 1

London

TBC

Day 3- Option 2

London

TBC

Day 4- Option 1

London

TBC

Day 4 - Option 2

London

TBC

North America Course Days

Location

Dates

Day 1 and 2- Option 1

Napa

23-24 October 2017

Day 1 and 2- Option 2

New York

26-27 October 2017

Day 3 and 4- Option 1

New York

TBC

Day 3 and 4 -Option 2

Napa

TBC

AUSS1 Course Days

Location

Dates

Day 1 and 2-Option 1

Sydney

TBC

Day 1 and 2- Option 2

Hong Kong

TBC

Day 3 and 4-Option 1

Sydney

TBC

Day 3 and 4-Option 2

Hong Kong

TBC


You can download the Study Programme prospectus here:

Study Programme Prospectus


If you have questions about the Study Programme that are not addressed on the website, you can contact Angus Brook, the Institute's Education Officer.
 

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More Information

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions area for more information.

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