MPhil project: Whiskey Authentication in Ireland

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This Masters Scholarship is part of a joint research project between Teagasc

Food Research Centre (Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork), and Technological

University Dublin (TU Dublin).


DEADLINE: 30th June 2021


Irish Whiskey has Geographical Indication (GI) status under EU

regulation, which supports the development of the Irish Whiskey

industry, protects against imitation, safeguards the quality of the

product, and provides customer reassurance. Significant growth in Irish

Whiskey has highlighted concerns in relation to regulation and

authentication of the various types of Irish Whiskey produced. The main

approach to authentication is via the identification of volatile,

semi-volatile and non-volatile components called congeners created

within the process. Many of these congeners contribute to the overall

flavour and their presence and concentration can be unique to whiskey

types, brands, and can provide information in relation to the cereal

source of the alcohol, fermentation efficiency, distillation and casking

practices during aging. Therefore, congeners can also act as biomarkers

to verify authenticity and also to potentially highlight fraudulent

practices. This proposal brings significant scientific expertise and

capability at Teagasc Food Research Centre, and at TU Dublin to aid in

the protection of the Irish Whiskey global brand. The successful

candidate will have access to state of the art flavour chemistry

equipment and expertise at the flavour chemistry facility in Teagasc

Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland and state of

the art spectroscopic and analytical equipment in FOCAS and ESHI

research Institutes, TU Dublin.


The student will be based primarily at Teagasc Food Research Centre

(Moorepark) and will be registered at TU Dublin under the supervision of

Prof Kieran Kilcawley (Teagasc) and Prof Christine O’Connor (TU



What is funded

The scholarship funding is €24,000 per annum and includes University

fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and is tenable for 2 years.



2 Years



Student requirements for this project


  • Postgraduates applying for a Scholarship must have a first or upper

    second-class honours primary degree or the equivalent in a scientific


  • A BSc Brewing and Distilling, Food Science & Technology or Chemistry would be seen as advantageous.
  • A full clean driving licence.
  • Lab experience desirable but not essential.


Where English is not the first language see https://www.tudublin.ie/study/international-students/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements/


If you are interested in submitting an application for this MPhil project, please complete an Expression of Interest and email it to phd@tudublin.ie by 11th June 2021. The TU Dublin (formerly DIT) Expression of Interest form may be found on: https://www.dit.ie/researchenterprise/graduateresearchschool/prospective...


Closing date for full applications: 5pm, 30/06/2021




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