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Master's Degree in Agrifood Sustainability

University of Pavia
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Week of Orientation and University Culture
9/12/2022
English
Start dates
Pavia
September 2022

Pavia
September 2023

Pavia
September 2024

About this program

Master's Degree in Agrifood Sustainability

The Master's Degree Course in Agri-food sustainability provides a solid preparation in agricultural sciences and technologies, through a multidisciplinary vision, aimed at achieving an high production, attentive to the health of environment, agricultural producers and consumers, focusing on sustainability (one health).

The course includes experimental and demonstrative activities held in the agricultural lands owned by the University and through various projects of the Lombardy Region with partner agricultural companies, both conventional and organic.

The graduate will therefore be able to plan and manage agricultural production (in particular the quality of supply chains), acquiring a broad agro-ecological knowledge that includes food market, developing and managing innovation of companies and agricultural supply chains; as well as taking into account post-production and the agri-food products' impact on human health.

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Admission requirements

Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

Students must possess a Bachelors Degree ( 3 years) in Agricultural sciences and technologies or Agri-food Sciences and technologies or equivalent. BScs in different disciplines must be related to the areas covered by the course.

Candidates who possess a Bachelors Degree awarded by a non-Italian University and are applying for admission to the Masters Program in Agrifood Sustainability must possess a Bachelors Degree ( 3 years) in “Agricultural sciences and technologies or “Agri-food Sciences and technologies or equivalent. Candidate must possess 45 credits (ECTS or equivalent) in the following subjects: Botany (general), Botany (environmental and applied), Zoology, Physiology, Genetics, Geography (physical and geomorphology), Chemistry (general and inorganic), Food chemistry, Hydraulic and maritime constructions and hydrology, Sanitary engineering. Students will be asked to fill a table containing the list of exams related to these subjects.

An appointed committee will evaluate the academic credentials and will evaluate the suitability for the program. If required, the committee will eventually evaluate candidates preparation and eligibility for the admission through interview.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Curriculum 1: Agroecology and Sustainable Farming (ASF)

  • Plant nutrition and quality of Agrifood production
  • Conservation and promotion of plant genetic resources
  • European Agrifood Law
  • Food marketing
  • Local horticultural production chains
  • Agroecology and biodiversity conservation
  • Sustainable grass crops, integrated productions, organic farming
  • Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture
  • Plant pathology
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: Forests ecosystems and ecology of farming system / Forests and environmental sustainability in agriculture
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: Soil conservation and precision agriculture / Soil geochemistry and precision agriculture
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: Spectroscopic Methods for Food Safety / Weed systematics / Agronomic utilization of residuals / Soil microbiology / Local livestock breeds at risk of genetic erosion or extinction / Lithology and Agrifood productions / Seeds for sustainable agriculture / Soil Science
  • Other activities ( for foreing students it can be Italian language for foreign students)
  • Traineeship

Curriculum 2 : Food Quality and Nutrition (FNQ)

  • Plant nutrition and quality of Agrifood production
  • Conservation and promotion of plant genetic resources
  • European Agrifood Law
  • Food marketing
  • Local horticultural production chains
  • Agroecology and biodiversity conservation
  • Sustainable grass crops
  • Fundamentals of food technology
  • Vegetable foods and agrochemicals for plant defence. Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Integrated course of nutrition and human health
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: Secondary plant metabolism and medicinal plants / Secondary plant metabolism and nutritional and nutraceutical properties of mushrooms
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: Spectroscopic Methods for Food Safety / Weed systematics / Agronomic utilization of residuals / Soil microbiology / Local livestock breeds at risk of genetic erosion or extinction / Lithology and Agrifood productions / Seeds for sustainable agriculture / Soil Science
  • Other activities ( for foreing students it can be Italian language for foreign students)
  • Traineeship

Scholarships & funding

The University of Pavia offers several kinds of scholarships/funding for a sum up to 6.000 euro per year per student.

Tuition

156 – 4000 euro per year. The tuition fee is adjusted to the student’s family’s financial situation. Non-EU students residing abroad and holding a study visa can also choose to pay the flat rate determined according to their citizenship which ranges from 400 euro to 4500 euro per year. 

Application fee: €35,00

Qualification

Master's degree

Career paths

The degree program will allow graduates to:

  • Manage agricultural companies;
  • Carry out environmental monitoring and analysis of agro-ecosystems;
  • Exploit and promote local biodiversity in a sustainable way;
  • Use soil conservation and protection tools and techniques;
  • Optimize traditional techniques;
  • Be able to evaluate, improve and certify process and product quality also through the use of innovative methodologies.

Graduates of this master's degree course can be hired in:

  • Farms of various levels and dimensions, including in the organic sector;
  • Storage and processing companies,
  • Agro-food marketing companies;
  • Professional consultancy for small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Social agriculture and non-profit (NGO) organizations;
  • Associations and institutional bodies representing the social and productive partners or international organizations (UN, FAO, etc.).

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University of Pavia

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest Academic Institutions. It was founded in 825 as a “School of law, rhetoric and liberal arts” by King Lothair I, and in 1361 it was officially established as a “Universitas...


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Why study at University of Pavia

Pavia: a city campus

Located in Lombardy Region, only 30 KM south of Milan, the City of Pavia offers a lively, genuine, cooperative and safe environment with a high quality of life. Pavia is the Capital of the fertile Province of Pavia, which is known for a variety of agricultural products -including wine, rice, cereals and dairy products- and is situated at the heart of Italy’s manufacturing district. Tts fascination remains intact with the center’s maze of narrow streets, ancient churches and elegant buildings, all bordered by the Ticino river. The countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, meeting places and sports competitions combine to offer students a unique University experience.

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University of Pavia

Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia
Italy

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