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Biotechnologies for food science

University of Padova
Italy, Padova
Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science Italy, Agripolis, Viale dell'Università, 16 - 35020 Legnaro (PD)
Tuition fee €2,600.00 per year

In order to accept your Offer at the University of Padova, you must pay the first instalment of tuition fees for a.y. 2019/20 (see below).

The total amount of tuition fees due per each academic year 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:

Application fee €30.00 one-time

This fee is non-refundable.

Deposit €187.00 one-time

In order to accept your place at the University of Padova, the payment of the first instalment is required. This fee is non-refundable.

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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 of food quality and safety. Theoretical lessons are mixed with a relatively high number of practical training, including the ECTS (23) dedicated to the thesis work, 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.

Programme structure

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

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.

Apply now! Academic year 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2019
Apply now! Academic year 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States