Second cycle degree in

Biotechnologies for food science

Class: LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies

y2024 WUR Subject Biological Sciences badge 150
Class LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies
Duration 2 years
Branch Legnaro
Language English and Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator FABIO VIANELLO
Access Open access with admission requirements
Reference structures Department of comparative biomedicine and food science, School of agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine

Call for Applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024 
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024 APPLICATION PLATFORM
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024

The course is divided into two curricula, Biotechnologies for Food (in Italian) and Biotechnologies for Food Science (in English). The course prepares students to carry out complex coordination and guidance activities needed in the biotechnology sector. The course covers a variety of subjects from biotechnological methodologies to the characterization and understanding of the agro-food chain. Students experience laboratory activities and a full semester dedicated to experimental activities aimed to prepare students for final exams. An innovative course that prepares students to operate both in the field of food safety and quality control as well as professional food production that operates under present-day challenges.


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Characteristics and objectives
The MSc course provides advanced learning and develops professional skills for planning and coordinating complex activities in the biotechnology sector. More specifically, upon course completion the student will be able to implement innovative technologies applied to food production and control of food quality and safety. The course is articulated in two curricula: Biotecnologie per l'alimentazione (taught in Italian), and Biotechnologies for food science (in English), that might include also courses taught in both languages. In the first 18 months (three semesters), students will acquire highly specialized knowledge through lectures and a substantial share of practical lab experience. Such a knowledge will span from biotechnological methods to analysis of agro-food production chain. The last semester is entirely dedicated to experimental activity (lab internship) for the final exam. Lab internship may be carried out at universities, public and private institutions, and private companies that have signed an agreement with the University of Padova, as well as at laboratories abroad that have collaboration or exchange agreements and offer opportunities for research on themes coherent with the MSc course learning goals.

Occupational opportunities
After successful completion of the MSc course in Biotechnologies for Food Science, our students will have a high professional profile enabling them to occupy positions of responsibility in R&D departments for companies in the biotechnology sector as well as those ones involved in primary production, food processing, food storage, and large retail chains. Additional job opportunities might be found in public and private institutions that are active in food analysis, control, and certification, protection and valorization of typical food products, in higher education institutions, or as self-employed consultants.