Who can apply?

MOW_0457.jpgThe Study Programme is open to any person, regardless of gender, nationality, or country of residence, who can meet the entry requirements. 

The entry requirements for applicants who wish to join the Study Programme prior to taking the Master of Wine Examination are as follows:

  • Applicants must hold a Wine Qualification.  This should be at least WSET Diploma level.  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 prior professional work experience in the global wine community. 
  • Applicants must submit a letter of reference to support their application from a Master of Wine or another senior wine trade professional.

During the application process the applicant is also 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.

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

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

Study Programme Prospectus

Find out more at a masterclass or an information session

Every year and around the world the Institute of Masters of Wine holds Masterclasses and Information Sessions to raise awareness of its study programme and to provide information to prospective students. Masterclasses offer a two day introduction to the Study Programme, with MW-led tastings and Theory sessions. Information sessions are around an hour in length and provide an overview of the Study Programme and an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the Institute and the MW Study Programme.

For more information click here.

Applications to join Stage 1 of the Institute's Study Programme are now closed.

Applications will re-open on 1 June 2017.

Study Programme Prospectus (5MB)