Biotechnologies for food science - a.y. 2020/21

The Master’s degree explores how to produce healthier and safer food following a cross-cutting, farm/field-to-fork approach. Theoretical lessons are mixed with practical training, offering hands-on experience in advanced DNA RNA and protein analysis together with lab sessions in bioinformatics. Focused on the application of innovative biotechnological methodologies in food production and safety, it is the ideal trait-d’union between the requests of consumers and producers in the agro-food sector
and the research applied to production and food-safety.


Level: Master

Field of study: Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Biotechnology for Food Science

Start date: October 2020

Location: Agripolis, Legnaro (PD)

  Programme structure

1st Year: Applied Genomics for Animal and Crop improvement; Applied Bioinformatics; Molecular Basis of Disease, Immunology and Transmissible Diseases; Food Microbiology and Food Microbial Biotechnology; Epidemiology and Risk Analysis; Laboratory of Advanced DNA, RNA, and Protein Analysis; Traceability Tools for Species Authentication; Biotechnology for Crop Production
2nd Year: Advanced Technologies for the Agrifood Sector; Biotechnology In Plant Protection; Food Toxicology and Food Regulation; Practical Training; Dissertation

  Career opportunities

Graduates work in private and public research centres, in public institutions dealing with animal health and food safety as well as in the private agro-food sector, from animal and crop production, food processing, to large food retail chains.

  Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with proven skills in Biology, Biotechnology for the production of goods and services, ethical regulations and issues

  Language requirements

English language: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent


If you have an international entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the following timeline:

  • First Call for Applications - a.y. 2020/21: 7th January-7th March 2020
  • Second Call for Applications - a.y. 2020/21: 7th April-7th July 2020

If you have an Italian entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the instructions provided in the Call for applications which will be published in late Spring on the University’s website (Italian version)

Application fee

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2019/20. Please check:

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2019/20) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees > Key Documents.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information: