• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


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

These elements also include more recent developments in technology, nutrition, food safety, diet and health, and sensory science that are at the heart of a growing international demand for terroir-related high-value foods. 

The specific learning outcome for graduates of this programme will be a deep understanding of the multi-faceted characteristics that distinguish these foods from others in the marketplace and that can be exploited in products’ valorisation and consumer information strategies. 

The ultimate objective of this multi-disciplinary Italian Food and Wine programme at University of Padova is to train professionals who are well-versed in the complex system of producing high-value foods and wines whose quality is profoundly linked to traditions and place of origins.

Career opportunities

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
  • Value adding quality schemes and consumer demand
  • Food and wine history, anthropology and society 
  • Communication skills 
  • Food safety, hygiene and traceability for food quality 
  • Food microbiology and quality
  • Food, wine and nutrition

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General 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

    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.
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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.


The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organisations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. Below is a list of the funding opportunities that are most often used by international students in Padova.

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