Food and Health, M.Sc. | University of Padua | Padova, Italy
24 months
2626 EUR/year
2626 EUR/year
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The Food and Health degree from University of Padua addresses the complexity underling the interactions among food, nutrition and human health in an international context, with a paradigm-based structure “from food harvest to global health”. 


The modern teaching approach aims at filling the existing gaps among the different disciplines currently offered in this area, providing multidisciplinary, complementary, highly integrated knowledge. 

The Food and Health degree from University of Padua offers both strong theoretical courses and applied research-oriented teaching on food production, food quality and human nutrition, in order to analyse how they relate and affect human health, via dietary habits.

The degree programme in Food and Health, which is based on the 'from food harvest to global health' paradigm (European Commission, 2020), provides advanced training in the field of food and health, from an environmental sustainability perspective. More specifically, the programme intends to train professionals to address the complexities and issues concerning the relations between food, nutrition and health, within an international context.

Career opportunities

Potential areas of employment:

  • Product development and research specialist in the food industry
  • Expert in food and nutrition areas of private and public administration
  • Agri-food and nutritional advisory specialist of GDO or food manufacturers
  • Food quality and nutritional expert in international organizations
  • Independent consultancy practitioner
  • Food quality and nutrition expert in public health
  • Clinical Dietitian Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Food quality and nutrition communications specialist
  • Advisory specialist in NGOs, charities and projects concerned with food quality and nutritional issues
  • Researcher in food quality, nutrition and health

The University of Padua is ranked 123 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 for Life Sciences and Medicine.

It is also among the top 200 in the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2022 for Life Sciences and Medicine.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Food safety hygiene and microbiology
  • Food chemistry and technology
  • Nutrition and metabolic pathways: from organs to cells
  • Genomics of Nutrition
  • Communication skills
  • Food microbiota, human microbiome, plant bioactive compounds and food quality
  • Plant bioactive compounds and food quality
  • Food microbiota and human microbiome

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

First Call:

  • 2 November - 2 February

Second Call:

  • 2 March - 2 May


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Agricultural Science, Forest Science, Food science, Animal Science, Dietetic, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Biology, Biomedical engineering, Biotechnology, Molecular biology or related fields.
  • Additional entry requirements – Entry title and GPA

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2626 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2626 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2626 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2626 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Padua

750 - 1100 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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