What will I learn?

The program in Food Production Management is designed for students who wish to gain a thorough interdisciplinary knowledge and practical experience on the application of innovation along the agri-food value chain, from the field to the table, to produce safe, sustainable and high-quality food. High quality “Made in Italy” products such as wine, dairy and bakery, will be used as study cases: students are expected to apply methodologies learnt and knowledge gained to group work projects on the assessment and improvement of agri-food value chains of their interest.

Learning objectives

The program has three main learning objectives:

  • To provide students with a solid background both in science basics (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) and in sectoral competencies (plant cultivation and protection, animal husbandry and welfare, processing and storing technologies, food quality and safety, economics and marketing, biodiversity and sustainability, etc.) which will be their toolbox for understanding and managing processes of the agri-food chains;
  • To develop students’ competencies on the structure and functioning of high-value agri-food chains, from primary production in both plant and animal sectors, to storage, transformation, and marketing. Case study on value chains will be analyzed using a 360-degree approach in which specific competencies will be considered together as interconnected and integrated parts of a same system;
  • To train students in developing their soft skills (relational skills, problem-solving, decision making with limited information, ability to work in a team) for assessing and improving agri-food value chains of their interest.

Career Opportunities

The program provides knowledge and skills for students aiming at managing the different levels of the agri-food chains (input supplying companies, farms, food processors, traders and retailers, support organizations) particularly in those situations where interactions along the value chains represent a success factor for improving and maintaining products’ quality, sustainability and, above all, market performance. This program gives access to a Master of Science in Agricultural Science, Master of Science in Food Science, Master of Science in Agricultural and Food Economics, as well as a Master in Viticulture and Enology at Università Cattolica.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€8,040.00 (US$ 9,537) per year
Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

Piacenza Campus

Via Emilia Parmense, 84,

PIACENZA,

Lombardy,

29100, Italy

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold a high school qualification conferred after a minimum of 12 years of previous global schooling and achieved after at least 2 years of attendance within the same national education system. If you have graduated from high school attending only the last year in a different education system. Qualifications obtained after 11 or 10 years of global schooling do not allow access to Italian universities. Students holding an American High School Diploma must additionally; earn at least 3 Advanced Placements (APs) in different subjects related to the degree program. English language requirements: Academic IELTS with a score of at least 6.0; TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 80; First Certificate of English (FCE) with a minimum score of 173 (Grade B), Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), Business English Certificate (BEC) Vantage with a minimum B Grade, Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher.

For international students

All applicants must submit transcripts of their completed two-years of high school, or their completed second-to-last year of high school and their most up-to-date record for their current, and last year of high school.

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS with a score of at least 6.0;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 80;
  • First Certificate of English (FCE) with a minimum score of 173 (Grade B)
  • Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
  • Business English Certificate (BEC) Vantage with a minimum of Grade B
  • Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher
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