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About Biotechnologies for food science at University of Padova


Level: Second-cycle degree

Field of study: LM-9, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Biotechnology for Food Science

Start date: September 2018

Location: Agripolis, Legnaro (PD)

Course description

The MSc in Biotechnologies for Food Science explores how to produce healthier and safer food following a cross-cutting, farm/field-to-fork approach. Focused on the application of advanced 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. Thus, the course has a strong component on cutting-edge disciplines like genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, metabolomics, and nanotechnologies, all in the context of animal and crop production as well as food quality and safety. Theoretical lessons are mixed with a relatively high number of practical training, including the ECTS dedicated to the thesis work (25), covering the whole second semester of the second year.

The MSc is open to Italian and foreign students from EU and abroad, interested in learning and implementing effective value-added biotechnological practices for the production of high-quality food products both in the EU and in international markets. Applying students might possibly have a three-year Bachelor’s degree in a field connected with the MSc curriculum, such as Biotechnology, Food Technology or Food Safety. A good background in molecular biology, biochemistry, and microbiology is usually requested.

Course structure

  • Applied Genomics for Animal and Crop Improvement (8 ECTS)
  • Molecular Basis of Disease, Immunology, and Transmissible Diseases (6)
  • Applied Bioinformatics (10)
  • Food Microbiology and Food Microbial Biotechnology (8)
  • Epidemiology and Risk Analysis (6)
  • Laboratory of Advanced DNA; RNA and Protein Analysis (9)
  • Traceability Tools for Species Authentication (8)
  • Biotechnology for Crop Protection (8)
  • Advanced Technologies for the Agrifood Sector (Nanotechnologies, Proteomics, Metabolismics) (7)
  • Biotechnology in Plant Protection (7)
  • Food Toxicology and Food Regulation (8)
  • Final Dissertation (23)
  • Advanced Language Competencies (3)
  • Practical training (1)

Career opportunities

As advanced biotechnologies increasingly move from research to production, the job market demands professional profiles with a strong interdisciplinary biotechnological background, interacting with all the different actors of the agro-food sector. The broad cross-disciplinary expertise offered by our MSc open job opportunities in private and public research centers, 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, and large food retail chains.

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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fees

Information on 2018/19 fees will be available in 2018: amounts will largely stay the same as for A.Y. 2017/18.

For academic year 2017/18: euro 2.597,00.

The above amounts can be significantly waived (minimum fee: 561,00 euro/A.Y.) 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.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of euro 182,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

Scholarships and fee-waivers

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

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to meet specific curricular requirements and have specific skills and abilities in: (a) biological systems (from a molecular and cellular point of view); (b) biotechnology for the production of goods and services through the analysis and use of biological systems; (c) scientific method and its application to concrete situations and adequate knowledge of ethical regulations and issues.

Admission to the MSc depends on preliminary assessment by the Teaching Commission of the candidate’s reasons, knowledge and competences by means of an interview which may be conducted over the internet. In its assessment, the Commission will take into account competences developed in the aforementioned disciplinary areas.

Should it not be possible to assess degree equivalence, foreign degree classification compared with the Italian standard and determine whether the requirements are met, the Commission will assess the candidate’s overall curriculum.

At the end of the assessment process, the Commission will decide whether or not the candidate meets curricular requirements and has an adequate educational background; a merit list will be drawn up only for non-EU citizens residing abroad.

This list will solely to be used in the event that the number of eligible candidates exceeds the number of places available.

Language requirements

English knowledge must be minimum at B2 level (CEFR)


For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

Deadline: 28th February 2018. Please check the Call for application on the University website.

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