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Biotechnologies for Food Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #234 (QS) ,
The MSc in Biotechnologies for Food Science programme at the University of Padova 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 Biotechnologies for Food Science programme at University of Padova 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Applied Genomics for Animal and Crop Improvement
  • Molecular Basis of Disease, Immunology, and Transmissible Diseases
  • Applied Bioinformatics 
  • 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 Protection
  • Advanced Technologies for the Agrifood Sector (Nanotechnologies, Proteomics, Metabolismics)

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                General Requirements

                Applicants are expected to meet specific curricular requirements and have specific skills and abilities in: 

                • biological systems (from a molecular and cellular point of view); 
                • biotechnology for the production of goods and services through the analysis and use of biological systems; 

                • scientific method and its application to concrete situations and adequate knowledge of ethical regulations and issues.

                English knowledge must be minimum at B2 level (CEFR)

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  2602 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 2602 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                • EU/EEA

                  2602 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 2602 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                The total amount can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”.

                Living costs for Legnaro

                • 600 - 900 EUR/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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