Whether you’re here to study whisky for the fun of it, are looking to upskill or kickstart a career change, join us for this intensive and industry relevant – but above all enjoyable – journey into the heart of Scotch.

Written and delivered by industry experts, the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky presents their knowledge, insight, experience and judgement in a fun and accessible format. However you choose to study, you can be sure to receive the highest quality teaching that will prepare you for success in the final two-hour invigilated exam.

Upcoming Courses

  • £1,100.00

    £1,100.00Diploma in Single Malt Whisky (New York, 10 & 11 September 2022)

    In-person, Kings County Distillery, New York
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  • £960.00

    £960.00Diploma in Single Malt Whisky (19 & 20 September 2022)

    In-person, Arniston House, Scotland
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  • £960.00

    £960.00Online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky (30 September 2022)

    Online, American time zone
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  • £960.00

    £960.00Diploma in Single Malt Whisky (10 & 11 October 2022)

    In-person, Arniston House, Scotland
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  • £960.00

    £960.00Online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky (11 November 2022)

    Online, Asian time zone.
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  • £960.00

    £960.00Diploma in Single Malt Whisky (13 & 14 March 2023)

    In-person, Arniston House, Scotland
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  • £960.00

    £960.00Diploma in Single Malt Whisky (18 & 19 September 2023)

    In-person, Arniston House, Scotland
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Study online

& earn the diploma from the comfort of your own home.

  • Self-study

    Anytime access to the seven online modules means you can learn to your own schedule, approaching the interactive material on-demand, at your leisure.

  • Live sessions

    Join tutorials live (or catch the uploaded recordings) to revise and ask any questions of the teacher. Optional drop-in dram sessions allow for more social networking.

  • Community

    Ask questions as you go (should you wish) and discuss the material with your cohort of likeminded whisky lovers in a private community section.

Can you receive the sample kit? ⚠️

If you decide to study the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky online, you will receive 15 x 30cl whisky samples, a black lapel pin, branded notebook and Glencairn glass by post.

Please note, we are currently able to ship the required whisky sample kits to the following countries/territories: UK, EU, USA, UAE, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan and Turkey.

If you are located in a country that is not listed here, please drop us an email at info@edinburghwhiskyacademy.com and we can confirm whether online study will be possible. 

Study in-person

& earn the diploma in a traditional classroom environment.

  • Group Study

    Learn as a group (of no more than 20). Day one includes a private tour of the local distillery, while day two includes a tasting of world whiskies.

  • Food & Drink

    The course is non-residential. Breakfast, a two-course lunch and snacks are provided (all dietary requirements considered).

  • Assessment

    Seven modules are assessed in the afternoon of the second day. (The first two modules are delivered online upon purchase for self-study).

Course Structure

& Learning Outcomes

  1. 1
    • Covers the origins of distillation, key historical and political events, plus commercial and technical developments within the industry.

  2. 2
    • Covers the legal requirements and definitions of Scotch, ingredients and processes used in different categories, legal boundaries and current developments. Plus financial considerations, global markets and future prospects.

  3. 3
    • Covers all raw materials used; water requirements, barley characteristics and yeast. Also, the processes involved in milling, mashing and wort recovery. Plus, the role of peat.

  4. 4
    • Covers the structure and operational processes of stills, importance of copper, mashing technology, fermentation, different phases of distillation, development of esters and fatty acids, reflux, spirit safe. Plus factors that ensure product quality.

  5. 5
    • Covers different types of oak, structure of wood, cask construction, heat treatments and seasoning. Warehousing systems, chemical reactions, variables and the importance of climate.

  6. 6
    • Covers common terms used in sensory analysis, how to conduct whisky tastings, compare and contrast spirits, the compounds responsible for key flavours. Plus, how smell, sight, taste and touch can influence the sensory experience.

  7. 7
    • Covers the definitions, raw materials and rules of production for various world whiskies and the impact diverse climates have on maturation.

  8. 8
    • A two-hour, invigilated closed book exam. All questions are multiple choice. To achieve the Diploma, you must score at least 60% in each of the seven modules. A resit will be required for any module in which you do not score 60% or more.