Bachelor of Wine Science

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What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Wine Science is designed to develop knowledge and skills in winemaking, wine science, viticulture, wine appraisal and business.

This course allows you to complete your studies while working in the wine industry or by combining full-time study, via distance education.

CSU's Bachelor of Wine Science comprises agribusiness, science, viticulture and wine production subjects. The science subjects give you the scientific background in chemistry, microbiology and plant sciences that underpins the applied wine production and viticulture studies.

CSU has contributed to the wine industry since 1975 by developing courses that offer a unique blend of science, business and practical training for wine industry personnel.

You will have access to an on campus commercial winery, which is at the forefront of viticultural practices and winemaking techniques. Teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field. This means you will graduate with the knowledge and hands-on experience that give you the edge in the wine industry.

During the Bachelor of Wine Science, you will:

  • build on the basic science foundation and gain an understanding of the science and technology of wine, encompassing wine production, wine microbiology, wine chemistry and winery engineering
  • gain an understanding of grape production, factors affecting grape quality, and methods for producing quality grapes
  • develop an understanding of wine quality and style by studying sensory wine appraisal. 

Career opportunities

CSU has an excellent reputation and long history in the wine industry, with diverse opportunities available to graduates in wine businesses of all sizes.

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Workplace learning

During the Bachelor of Wine Science, you will complete the equivalent of four weeks of workplace learning in an agribusiness, service or retail organisation.

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Leigh Krake

Wine Science graduate

Leigh Krake"I chose to study Wine Science at CSU because the University is highly regarded in the winemaking industry and I wanted the flexibility of working in the industry while completing a degree. To graduate with a degree and industry experience was very important to me. Many students are in winemaking positions by the time they graduate.

"Study by distance education is challenging but rewarding. I did most of my study at home, but during vintage I would take my books to work. I came away from residential schools feeling like the jigsaw puzzle had been pieced together! The course allowed me to network with many other budding winemakers in the industry. I made many great friends over my years of study. The people I met along the way made a great impression on me and I will always have good memories of my time at CSU."

Flexible study options

CSU's Bachelor of Wine Science is normally studied by distance education. You can vary your study load to fit with your work and lifestyle commitments, completing between one and four subjects in each session. 

You may also be able to select some subjects that are available for study on campus. If you are interested in this possibility, please contact the Program Leader for Viticulture and Wine on 1800 334 733 to discuss your options.

Study by distance education

CSU's Bachelor of Wine Science is available for study by distance education. When you study by distance education, you receive teaching materials from CSU - typically an electronic study guide and readings that can be downloaded through the CSU website.

Some subjects require you to attend residential schools at CSU in Wagga Wagga. Using CSU's facilities, these residential schools provide you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the area of study for an intensive period of two to four days. In addition to the skills you learn during lectures and laboratory sessions, you will meet other members of the viticulture and wine industry, building up your network of contacts and learning from their experiences.


Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or TAFE at Certificate level or higher may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU's Bachelor of Wine Science. Credit will be granted for subjects that are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the Courses Director.

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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Wagga Wagga


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6 years part-time



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