Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time (on-campus), 2 years part-time (distance)


Level 7

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World-Class Wine Science and Viticulture

If you already have a science-related qualification, this graduate diploma will allow you to fast track towards a future specialising in oenology (wine science).

You have options to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or by distance (part-time only).  Students studying by distance will be required to attend compulsory residential schools in Hawkes Bay each year.

This programme is designed to build on your knowledge from prior degree study by focusing on scientific, technical and managerial aspects of grape growing and wine making.


This graduate-level programme builds on your knowledge of science from prior degree study or from significant industry experience by focusing on scientific, technical and managerial aspects of grapegrowing and winemaking.

The subject areas you’ll study include:

  • General and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Winemaking Science and Practice
  • Microbiology or Engineering Physics
  • Sensory Science
  • Wine Microbiology or Winery Engineering
  • Wine Sensory Assessment
  • Wine Chemistry

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

This graduate diploma will give you a competitive advantage over other graduates and will help you advance within your chosen field of oenology (wine science).

Once awarded the Graduate Diploma in Oenology you’ll be able to take on roles such as:

  • Assistant winemaker
  • Winemaker
  • Technical supplier
  • Winery enterprise manager
  • Senior cellar person


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (on-campus or distance)
  • July (distance only)


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.