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Italian Food and Wine, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
The Italian Food and Wine MSc at the University of Padova degree focuses on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-value food products including wine.


The internationally-recognised Italian food production system is analysed as a model for defining and characterising the individual elements that contribute to the unique value of food products, inextricably linked to place of origin through historical, social and cultural ties (terroir). 

Thanks to the multi-disciplinary approach of ItF&W, you will develop capabilities and skills necessary to manage the complex system of high-value foods and wines, whose quality is profoundly linked to the traditions and places of origin. 

You will understand the multi-faceted characteristics that distinguish these foods from others in the marketplace and that can be exploited in product valorisation and consumer information strategies. To this aim, with the Italian Food and Wine MSc at the University of Padova you will study how high quality food and wine are produced, their link with the terroir, their sensory and nutritional properties, and how they are protected and can be valorised in the market.


The most relevant job positions are:

  • marketing of high-quality food and wine, both in the EU and international market;
  • design and implementation of promotion and protection strategies for these products;
  • management of the GI producers' organizations;
  • 'off-trade' and 'on-trade' buying activities, mainly in the international market;
  • information on high-quality food and wine management;
  • planning and management of territorial development strategies based on 'terroir-related' quality agro-food products.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Plant biodiversity and food
  • Animal biodiversity and food
  • Quality, processing and sensorial analysis of Italian Food
  • Quality, processing and sensorial analysis of Italian wine
  • Food microbiology and quality
  • Food safety and hygiene
  • Food traceability for food quality
  • Food, wine and nutrition

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the second cycle degree course must hold a first cycle/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification that guarantees:

  • essential skills on economics and/or food technology and/or agricultural sciences
  • existing skills in investigation techniques as well as the ability to apply research findings to real problems.
  • Proficiency in English at B2 level or equivalent (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL) according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required. 
  • If the candidate is a native speaker of English or has completed the first Bachelor/first cycle degree in English, no language certification is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 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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