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The study programme fees cover tuition only. You need to take into account additional expenses you will incur on each stage of the study programme from travel to accommodation and more. The below table is an example of fees at each stage of the programme. In some cases the residential seminars include accommodation.

Fees marked with a * do not include accommodation during the residential seminar. In Europe, the fees are on the basis of sharing a room with a colleague of the same sex, where single rooms are available a supplement will apply to single occupancy. Taxes such as VAT or GST is payable based on the place of supply of services/product and not on where you live. Where UK VAT does not apply you may be liable to pay the VAT of the country where the services / product takes place.

2021 – 22 Study Programme Fees
Without tax (if EU VAT number provided)With tax (UK VAT at 20%)
Application fee (non-refundable)GBP 200GBP 240
Europe & UK (£)North America (£)Australasia (£)
Without tax (if EU VAT number provided)With tax (UK VAT at 20%)Tax not applicableWith tax (GST at 10%)
Stage one fee / Stage two feeGBP 4,050GBP 4,860GBP 3,500*GBP 3,850*
Stage two theory only (TO) feeGBP 2,540GBP 3,048N/AN/A
Stage two practical only (PO) feeGBP 4,050GBP 4,860GBP 3,500*GBP 3,850*
2021 stage two exam entry feeGBP 1,770GBP 2,124GBP 1,770GBP 1,947
2021 stage two PO exam entry feeGBP 1,600GBP 1,920GBP 1,600GBP 1,760
2021 stage two TO exam entry feeGBP 945GBP 1,134GBP 945GBP 1,039.50
Without tax (if EU VAT number provided)With tax (UK VAT at 20%)
Research paper registration feeGBP 630GBP 756
Research paper submission feeGBP 630GBP 756


As an MW student, you are given the chance to apply for scholarships and bursaries from IMW supporters and friends in the trade, many of which include a financial or travel element. See below for some recent opportunities that could help with your study programme journey. 

Lallemand bursary

IMW supporter Lallemand – a leading producer of wine yeast, bacteria and their nutrients, and a distributor of oenological enzymes – established the bursary in 2010. It was open to stage one and stage two students in the study programme. In its 2021 bursary, stage two student Emily Brighton was announced as the winner of the first prize and received £1,500 towards the cost of her MW student journey, and stage one student Lenka Davis was awarded the second prize and received £500. Lallemand felt that adding a second prize would be beneficial in these difficult times. 

George T. Gamblin Memorial scholarship

The George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by Mary Margaret McCamic MW in honour of her late father, a retired doctor and former U.S. Naval officer. The scholarship is awarded annually to a stage two Master of Wine student who demonstrates a particular appreciation for how wine taps into our creative senses. Eligible students are required to submit a wine-related creative piece, and the topic will very in format each year. Evmorfia Kostaki was awarded the 2020 scholarship and received $500 USD to be used toward her Master of Wine studies.

Constellation Brands North America scholarships

In August 2017, IMW principal supporter Constellation Brands re-introduced two annual study programme scholarships for students based in North America. The most recent recipient, stage two student MW Sandeep Ghaey, was awarded a scholarship in January 2020 and received $2,000 to support his preparation for the MW examination. He will also spend a day visiting Constellation Brands in Napa with crucial personnel from winery production and marketing and meet the Constellation Brands’ MWs Nova Cadamatre MW and Mark de Vere MW.

FICOFI scholarship

The FICOFI scholarship is open to stage two students based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan or Singapore. The 2021 recipient, stage two student Aki Wong, received £5,000 to be put towards MW study programme fees, examination sitting fees as well as to cover some travel costs or any expenses related to accessing wine tastings important for her studies. In addition to the monetary prize, FICOFI also offers the opportunity to attend a few Le Club FICOFI events in Asia to taste Grands Crus wines served at these events and engage with the attending wine producers.

Wine Scholar Guild scholarship

Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) is the leading provider of specialised certification programmes on the wines of France, Italy and Spain. Its study and certification programmes offer wine industry members and committed students of wine the opportunity to specialise in the wine country of their choice. Three MW students were selected for the 2021 WSG scholarship: Charles Foley, Xin Huang and Nicholas Poletto have each been awarded full tuition for, respectively, the Italian Wine Scholar, Spanish Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar programme in distance-learning format.

SommFoundation, David A. Carpenter scholarship

The mission of the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation (“SommFoundation”) is to assist wine and spirits professionals to achieve the highest level of proficiency and accreditation in the food and beverage industry. The David A. Carpenter Masters of Wine scholarship, sponsored by David and Diane Carpenter, was created to further the mission of SommFoundation and is open to North America practical only students. The 2020 scholarship was awarded to Phillip Anderson and Lindsay Groves, who received this $2,500 (USD) to assist with the cost of their studies.

AXA Millésimes scholarship

For over ten years the scholarship has been offering five scholars unique insight into the portfolio of  IMW’s principal supporter AXA Millésimes properties in Bordeaux and the Douro. Entrants are usually asked to write an essay, set by managing director Christian Seely. The 2020 scholarship was open to all stage one and two students in the study programme, and the chosen scholars were Nicoletta Dicova, Cherie Xin Huang, Tiago Macena, Fleur Pushack and Elena Rameder. As soon travel allows, the winners will visit Chateau Pichon Baron in Pauillac, as well as neighbouring Château Pibran, and leading 1er Cru Château Suduiraut in Sauternes.

IWSC Foundation scholarship (the Conversion Group)

The IWSC Foundation is a non-profit organisation and the charitable arm of the IWSC. Since 2018, the IWSC Foundation has awarded 10 scholarships of £5,000 to students to assist with their MW study journey, and in 2021 a new scholarship initiative will be announced, which will provide five students from stage one, and five students from stage two, a grant of £5,000 each (totalling £50,000).


The IMW runs a series of introductory courses and information sessions around the world, for anyone interested in applying to the study programme. These sessions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be rescheduled when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, for anyone interested in applying to the programme, you can watch this webinar, recorded on 4 May 2020 which explains the MW approach to the exam syllabus, with a special focus on the writing and tasting skills required to become a Master of Wine. If you would like to apply, you will find everything you need to know here.