This two-year master provides you with sound knowledge of current and future challenges in food sciences, combining innovation and authenticity, and offering you the opportunity to interact closely with the food industry. The program is a joint initiative with the Universities of Parma and Udine, known worldwide for their excellence in higher education in the field of food sciences.

Course Description

The course aims at training professionals who are able to work confidently in areas of food sciences, such as technology, engineering, microbiology, chemistry, and sustainability.

After the first year, you can choose between five different profiles:

  • Applied Engineering and Genetics;
  • Food Quality and Management;
  • Nutrition Sciences;
  • Food Chemistry;
  • Food Packaging.


The latter two learning tracks are offered in partnership, respectively, with the University College Cork, Ireland, and the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Students will have the opportunity to spend up to two semesters in one of these European partner institutions.

The program is supported by industries belonging to AssoImprenditori Alto Adige - Sezione Alimentari - and Südtiroler Bauernbund - Unione Agricoltori e Coltivatori Diretti Sudtirolesi. This partnership will allow students to write their research thesis with joint tutorship from both the university and the food industry.

At a Glance

  • Degree class: LM-70
  • ECTS credits: 120
  • Duration of the course: 2 years
  • Courses will be taught in English
  • Places available: 30 EU + 5 non-EU
  • Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
  • Tuition fees: €1.345,50 per year

Structure of the course

The first year mainly includes modules on Food Technology and Food Microbiology, which are common to all learning tracks. From the second year onwards, modules become specific to the profile chosen. You will be able to choose from five profiles and a range of modules in order to customize your course.

Exchange programs and internships

Currently, we offer exchange programs with almost 20 partner universities all over the world as part of a large network of collaboration with industries in Italy and abroad where you can complete your internship. In particular, this master has a partnership with the University College Cork, Ireland and the Technical University of Munich, Germany, two global leaders in food sciences.

Employment prospects

Graduates of the program are placed in companies in the food industry, and specialise in research and development; food processing; product design and development; management and control of food processing; food automation technology; the development of methods to guarantee food authenticity; quality control; and the development of innovative processes to enhance the nutritional value of foods and the sustainability of the food chain.

The course provides students with the tools to pursue a career as a consultant or to work in managerial roles, mainly in the food industries, and in companies that link the food supply chain, from manufacturing to storage and distribution, including large-scale retailers, and public and private centers dedicated to planning, managing and improving processes. Our graduates design and innovate all food processes and products to guarantee and enhance the sensory, nutritional and sustainable quality of the food chain.


In order to gain admission to the course, you will be required to submit certification of a B2 level of competence in the English language. If you do not have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our campus.

Detailed information about the study program can be found in the study manifesto, which contains information about the study plan, admission requirements, language requirements, application process, admission procedures, enrolment and tuition fees.

Selection Criteria

Grades from your undergraduate degree (Bachelor or equivalent).

Online Application

  • Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: March - April 2019
  • Late Application - for EU citizens only: May - July 2019

Publication Ranking List

  • Early Bird: by mid-May 2019
  • Late Application: by the beginning of August 2019

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Last updated May 14, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
2 years
1,346 EUR
Tuition fees: €1.345,50 per year
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