Kandidatprogram Food Production Management

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Grundnivå (Högskole- och Kandidatexamen)
3 år, 180 ECTS
Stipendium sökbart
University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Kandidatprogram Food Production Management

Food Production Management at Cattolica

The Food Production Management programme curriculum provides knowledge and skills for students aiming at managing the different levels of the agri-food chains. Students learn the innovative principles and techniques of agriculture, from the fields to the table, to produce safe, sustainable and high quality food. Focus will be on the supply chains of dairy, cured meats, viticulture, cereals and horticultural produce. In particular, high quality “Made in Italy” products value chains are used as study cases.

The competences acquired on the degree can be applied to:

  • the production, quality and sanitation in ‘made in Italy” husbandry;
  • the transformation and conservation techniques of plant and animal products;
  • food safety and legislation;
  • the impact on environmental sustainability;
  • aspects relating to the economic valorisation of agri-food products, with particular emphasis on those of Italian tradition and to the management of the enterprises.

It is the first degree programme of this kind in Italy entirely focused on agri-food sustainability and its economic and environmental components.

Delivery mode

Our hope and intention for 2021/22 intake are to entirely restore in-person teaching, while respecting any health and safety requirements set by national and local competent authorities. 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, should students not be able to attend classes in person, a hybrid format of in-person and on-line will be guaranteed to enable attendance from home, while guaranteeing full access to all learning opportunities and resources.

Applications for academic year 2021/2022 are now closed. Updates about applications for academic year 2022/2023 will be posted on Università Cattolica website starting from September 2021. You may also express your interest by contacting us.

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Admission requirements

Secondary School Diploma Requirements

The following requirements are based on the guidelines for admission published every year by the Italian Ministry for Education.

All candidates must:

  • complete high school studies and hold their Secondary School Diploma before August 30, 2021
  • 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.

Qualifications obtained after 11 or 10 years of global schooling do not allow access to Italian universities, unless candidates satisfy one of the following additional conditions:

  1. They attended one (in case of 11 years) or two (in case of 10 years) years of university studies and took all the exams included in the relevant study plan. No transfer of credits can be requested for the university studies.
  2. They can provide evidence that they attended a pre-school year (this usually applies to some Latin American countries), which can be taken into consideration only if its attendance was compulsory, and its syllabus included development of reading and writing skills in the local language. Its validity must be certified by the relevant Italian Embassy.
  3. They successfully completed a Foundation Course from an Italian University. Foundations courses from non-Italian universities are not automatically accepted and their suitability as diploma integration will be evaluated case by case. 

Proof of English Proficiency

Candidates need to upload a recognized English language certificate to the online application. Students who apply to degree courses taught in English satisfy the language requirement if they provide one of the following certificates, issued starting from January 1, 2019:

Recognized certificates

Test administrator

Minimum score required

Academic IELTS


Cambridge: First, AP

Cambridge: BV, BH 

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Cambridge IGCSE SL

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Course content

The first year lectures will cover the basic statistical, physical, chemical, physiological and genetic concepts through lessons and practical sessions.

In the second year, the students will be introduced to applied studies of microbiology, crop agronomy, cultivation, animal husbandry and welfare, agri-food economics, food technology, traceability, food safety, sustainability and certification. In the third year, the programme will broaden to provide a general grounding in the principal features of Italian husbandry (cereals, tomatoes, wine, cheeses and cured meats).

The degree study programme also comprises an in-company internship and the submission of a final dissertation report that both enhance the students’ ability to apply methodologies learnt and knowledge gained to concrete situations.

First year:

  • Applied statistics and physics- 9 ECTS
  • Chemistry- 10 ECTS
  • Plant physiology and genetics- 9 ECTS
  • Biochemistry- 8 ECTS
  • Applied agronomy and horticulture- 8 ECTS
  • Food economics- 10 ECTS

Second year:

  • Applied agri-food microbiology - 6 ECTS
  • Food technology - 9 ECTS
  • Crop protection - 9 ECTS
  • Animal science - 9 ECTS
  • Sustainability & Food law - 10 ECTS
  • The Wine Trail 
    • Applied viticulture - 6 ECTS
    • Applied enology - 6 ECTS
    • Integrated vineyard protection - 6 ECTS

Third year:

  • Food safety - 8 ECTS
  • Cheese and Cured Meat Hub
    • Milk, meat production and technology - 12 ECTS
    • Microbiology of diary and meat food - 6 ECTS
  • Tomato, Pasta and Bakery Hub
    • Vegetable production and technology - 6 ECTS
    • Cereal grains, processing and technology - 12 ECTS
  • Free programs - 12 ECTS
  • Internship and Final exam - 9 ECTS

Tuition fees and scholarships

Please visit our website to learn more about the costs of attending University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Career opportunities

The programme 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 programme gives access to graduate programmes: for example our Master of Science in Agricultural and Food Economics, or a Master in Viticulture and Enology.


Degree awarded upon completing the course: Laurea in Food Production Management.

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