The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) is part of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences. The research programme emphasizes the biochemical and microbiological aspects of brewing and distilling, especially cereals, including malting, and fermentation.
The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) is a unique teaching and research facility. The centre is based on a partnership between industry and academics, and makes up part of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences located in the Riccarton campus of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
The ICBD is the only organisation in the UK to offer both Honours and Masters degrees in Brewing and Distilling. As such, the centre not only supplies the industry with new-blood graduates, but with services, expertise and facilities consistent with the standards required in the local, national, and international markets. A variety of courses are available both on campus and by distance learning.
Chair of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association and ICBD Honorary Professor, Alan Wolstenholme, and Julie Hesketh-Laird, Deputy Chief Executive and Acting CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Associations on Thursday 9th February. MSP Fergus Ewing and Dr Annie Hill (ICBD and Co-Founder of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association) also attended the signing which took place at Glasgow Distillery.