University of Padova

Introduction

The University

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

Courses at the University of Padova are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market. Its Healthcare degrees, for instance, cover a wide range of new courses such as Pediatric Nursing (Medical School), or Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Psychology). Engineering degree programmes are available in the fields of Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Industrial and Information Engineering.

University of Padova degrees also reflects today’s needs to safeguard both the environment with courses in Environmental Sciences and Technology (Agriculture Sciences) and consumers with Safety and Hygiene of Food Products (Veterinary Medicine). Research into pharmaceuticals is also covered with Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (Pharmacy), as is research into hi-tech products with a course in Materials Science (Sciences). Great emphasis is also placed on Humanities, such as History and Conservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage (Arts and Philosophy), and on teacher training with a course in Primary Education (Education).The University’s traditional courses for professionals in Law, Economics, and Business Management are run alongside courses that analyse complex social systems such as Sociological Sciences (Political Sciences) and Statistics, Population and Society (Statistical Sciences).

Furthermore, highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education. After a demanding selection process, each year 30 students are chosen to attend the School’s high-level in-house courses and to use its special services.

10 Top Reasons to choose the University of Padova

  • A diverse portfolio of study programmes - a multidisciplinary university offering a comprehensive range of constantly updated study programmes.
  • High-quality education - ranked among the first universities in Italy for the quality of its education, providing students with a solid cultural background and professional training. A qualification from the University of Padova means the achievement of an ambitious objective and a recognised education.
  • World-leading research university -ranked 151-200 in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the best Italian university for the quality of research results in the first ever two reports by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems). Among the best European universities for the number of the top 10% most frequently cited publications.
  • Quality support services - according to Almalaurea surveys, 9 over 10 students were satisfied with their academic career at the University of Padova and their student life.
  • One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe - established in 1222 by students and teachers with the aim to defend freedom of thought in study and teaching. The University has a glorious history and boasts among its scholars and professors Galileo Galilei – who taught in Padova from 1592 to 1610 – and Elena L. Cornaro-Piscopia - the first ever woman to receive an academic degree from a university in 1678.
  • An international community - a university with a long tradition of international cooperation, participation in international networks of excellence as well as in research and education projects, welcoming students and scholars from all over the world.
  • Competitive tuition fees and incentives - the University offers competitive tuition fees in comparison to other top-ranked European universities, plus a vast array of incentives for deserving and/or low economic background students.
  • Student-friendly city - a unique learning environment in a university which is deeply connected to its city and urban pattern. University students represent 30% of the city population.
  • A city, unlike any other - Padova, blends historical tradition, art and culture with flourishing business and service industries.
  • Strategic location - easy connections to main Italian and international cities allow you to travel for tourism or visiting home.

Highlights

Academic Offer

The University of Padova is unique in its multi-disciplinary offer, spanning over 8 schools and 32 departments. Students at the University of Padova can choose from a wide range of the first cycle (80), second cycle (84) and single cycle (9) degree programmes, as well as a vast array of Postgraduate courses and a school of excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori).

Courses entirely held in English are on the increase, now including 20 full degree programmes, 20 doctoral programmes, more than 700-course units and numerous short specialisation courses.

Research

The University of Padova fosters top-quality research activities and actors in all scientific areas, increasingly attracting public and private funding. 5.2% of Italian public funding for scientific projects of national importance are awarded to researchers at the University of Padova, whereas European funds for research projects at Padova have soared by 40% over the last three years. 28 projects are funded by the European Research Council (ERC). These are ground-breaking research projects, led by excellent scientists who chose Padova to carry out their outstanding research activities.

Synergies with the Industry

The university research is deeply connected with its territory, as witnessed by the high number of ongoing contracts with public and private bodies for experimental activities. Commercial research services alone account for 32% of departments’ income. A particular effort is being made to enhance cooperation between university research groups and the industry, with special emphasis on SMEs in North-East Italy. On top of that, a mention is worth to the almost 50 spin-off companies established within the University of Padova and supported by its start-up incubator.

Career

Career Service guides students and new graduates in their transition from the academic to the professional world. Links have been established between the University and firms, private and public institutions and professional associations to create and promote internships as an opportunity to share information and experiences. “Vetrina degli Stages” helps students and new graduates to look for internships and training opportunities. A list of the associated firms is available for subscribers, who can decide whether the job description corresponds to their job aims.

Opportunities

While studying in Padova, you are also allowed to work part-time (20 hours/week) both within and outside the university. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to visit other European countries with your Italian residence permit. Finally, after having obtained your degree, you have the right to stay for an entire year in Italy or any other EU country!

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Master in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

The Master’s degree course in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology will offer you the latest developments in neuroscientific research, its clinical applications and highly-specialized laboratories where to acquire a good variety of practical skills. [+]

Course description

The program of the two-year MSc is designed to offer a training in a specialized area of psychology and aims to be recognized as a high-level qualification for academic and professional purposes at international level.

The course units range from psychology, neurology and psychiatry and their clinical applications (in collaboration with the Departments of Neuroscience and Medicine).

The whole degree is strongly focused on laboratories- equipped with instruments such as TMS, tDCS, GEODESIC software – which allow our students’ theoretical learning to be integrated with the use of this technology to the purpose of enhancing their practical skills too.

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Master of Science in Biotechnology for Food Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

The MSc in Biotechnologies for Food Science explores how to produce healthier and safer food following a cross-cutting, farm/field-to-fork approach. [+]

Course description

The MSc in Biotechnologies for Food Science explores how to produce healthier and safer food following a cross-cutting, farm/field-to-fork approach. Focused on the application of advanced biotechnological methodologies in food production and safety, it is the ideal trait-d’union between the requests of consumers and producers in the agro-food sector and the research applied to production and food-safety.

Thus, the course has a strong component on cutting-edge disciplines like genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, metabolomics, and nanotechnologies, all in the context of animal and crop production as well as food quality and safety. Theoretical lessons are mixed with a relatively high number of practical training, including the ECTS dedicated to the thesis work (25), covering the whole second semester of the second year.... [-]


Master of Science in Data Science

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Engineering cooperate in this program, whose aim is to provide tools for extracting knowledge from data coming from several application domains. [+]

Course description

The program intends to build Data Scientists whose solid technical background is complemented by a multidisciplinary preparation on various fields in which big data emerge. Highly required by Industries, Consulting Companies, and Public Institutions, Data Scientists design and implement the analysis of big data, and provide managers and stakeholders with a clear account of their results. Graduates will be able to master tools coming from Engineering, Computer Sciences, Statistics and Mathematics for collecting, managing and analyzing big data, and to translate their work into highly valuable information.

Course structure

First year

I semester

Fundamentals of Information Systems (12CFU) Stochastic Methods (6 CFU) Statistical Learning (part I) (6 CFU) Cognitive, Behavioral and Social Data (6 CFU) ... [-]

Master of Science in European and Global Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

The course is aimed at providing students with conceptual, analytical and methodological tools which will enable them to understand political, social and cultural processes and develop and manage projects at the European and global level. [+]

The course is aimed at providing students with conceptual, analytical and methodological tools which will enable them to understand political, social and cultural processes and develop and manage projects at the European and global level.

Available places: European candidates: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 50 (1 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project) Course description

EGoS is a Master’s degree completely taught in English to train the future leading class who will be working in European and global politics, administration and communication.

Students acquire knowledges, competences, methods and tools to understand political, social and cultural processes, to develop and manage projects at the European and international levels. They learn to effectively intervene in multi-actor and multi-level settings through innovative, critical and interdisciplinary approaches and the cross-fertilization of ideas and practices.... [-]


Master of Science in Forest science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

Forest Science Master Degree prepares high-profile graduates with a holistic, innovative and international vision on the management and conservation of forests and natural resources. [+]

Course description

Forest Science offers two different curricula.

Forest and Land Management forms specialists in sustainable management, conservation and integrated valorisation of forests and natural resources and is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to forestry. Subjects taught include applied ecology and functioning of natural ecosystems, management of wildlife and insects, biotic and abiotic disturbances and related mitigation tools, applied forestry and forest operations, forest pathology, bio-economy and resource valorization, hydrology, fluviomorphology, integrated management of erosion in steep slopes of mountainous areas. Students acquire awareness and understanding of the organization of forest and mountain ecosystems and skills for sustainable management of forests and rural landscape, especially in an Alpine and Mediterranean environment.... [-]


Master of Science in ICT for Internet and Multimedia

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

The Master degree in "ICT for Internet and Multimedia," offered by the University of Padova, captures the evolution of professional engineering figures and represents a modern teaching offer that combines both solid fundamental knowledge and advanced technological competences. [+]

Course description

The Master degree in "ICT for Internet and Multimedia," offered by the University of Padova, captures the evolution of professional engineering figures and represents a modern teaching offer that combines both solid fundamental knowledge and advanced technological competences. For this reason, the program contains both strong theoretical courses and applied research-oriented teaching towards advanced technologies for the future society. The graduate in "ICT for Internet and Multimedia" is able to master complex systems, manage data, plan strategies, and perform innovative activities in the broad area of ICT, with specific focus on communication networks and signal processing, but also an underlying awareness of the physical reality that enables such systems to operate and communicate.... [-]


Master of Science in Italian Food and Wine

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

This Master course is focused on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-quality Italian agro-food products, including wine. [+]

Course description

This MSc degree will focus on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-value food products including wine. 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 program 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.... [-]


Master of Science in Local Development

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

This degree course is held entirely in English, and provides a thorough understanding of specific forms and social, economic, regional and institutional dynamics that characterize the processes of local development in different contexts and at different levels of development, and knowledge aimed at promoting the implementation of a sustainability process (policies, operational practices). [+]

Course description

This degree course is held entirely in English, and provides a thorough understanding of specific forms and social, economic, regional and institutional dynamics that characterize the processes of local development in different contexts and at different levels of development, and knowledge aimed at promoting the implementation of a sustainability process (policies, operational practices).

In particular, this degree course objective seeks to provide an in-depth application of the different methodologies used for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects for local development.

This degree course includes activities dedicated to acquiring advanced knowledge in the fields of political, economic, regional and social organization, statistics for the measurement of local and sustainable development, intercultural learnings, design, and development of group dynamics.... [-]


Master of Science in Mathematical Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

A degree course specialized in the education of high-level expertise in modeling natural phenomena and financial problems; an interdisciplinary activity between engineering and applied mathematics. [+]

Course description

The ever-increasing importance in every engineering branch of modeling tools,i.e., virtual prototypes simulating complex physical and societal phenomena, requires a new generation of professionals able to exploit the full potential of the current simulation resources, possessing fundamentally different and innovative work proficiencies. The expertise of modeling engineers cannot be restricted to classical devices, tools, and instrumentation, but requires a deeper and systematic knowledge of the basic concepts of mathematical and numerical modeling, with a wider vision on the intimate inter-relationship between data, physical processes, and computational methods.

The Master degree in "Mathematical Engineering", offered by the University of Padova, captures the evolution of professional engineers proposing an advanced study program that combines both solid fundamental knowledge of the physical processes and deep theoretical and technological competences. This degree exposes the student to a multidisciplinary education lying between engineering and applied mathematics, providing the attendants with the ability to mold their expertise towards several specific disciplines, though still receiving a solid general-purpose engineering and modeling culture.... [-]


Master of Science in Molecular Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

The aim of this degree is to form expert Molecular Biologists, with advanced theoretical knowledge, research competence, and practical skill. [+]

The aim of this degree is to form expert Molecular Biologists, with advanced theoretical knowledge, research competence, and practical skill.

Available places: European candidates: 35; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 4 (2 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

Course description

The Master's degree in Molecular Biology is intended for students with a bachelor in Molecular Biology or similar degrees. The aim of this Master degree is to shape Molecular Biologists with a good theoretical knowledge and a practical expertise in bench-work procedures, instrumental operations and analytical methodologies involved in data acquisition and analysis.... [-]


Master of Science in Physics of Data

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

The onset of big data has led to an explosion of datasets with a far more complex structure and beyond standard physics. In this program, we will provide new theoretical and computational tools to tackle this challenge within the physicist mindset. [+]

The onset of big data has led to an explosion of datasets with a far more complex structure and beyond standard physics. In this program, we will provide new theoretical and computational tools to tackle this challenge within the physicist mindset.

Available places: European candidates: 30; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 10 (3 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project).

Course description

The program intends to build an academic and professional figure that combines advanced knowledge in the field of Physics with a high-level training in Data Science.

The modeling and the theoretical interpretation of complex natural phenomena from large amounts of data are at the core of the research in Physics. The Big Data revolution presents in this sense the challenges and opportunities for the physicist of today. In addition to the figure of Data Scientist, specialized purely in the analysis of large amounts of data, it is increasingly clear the need to also train figures able to develop the methods and techniques that are fundamental for such analysis - in this sense, we named the program of Physics of the Data.... [-]


Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Padova aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. [+]

Course description

The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Padova aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. The context is international, having as its main area of investigation warm-temperate environments at a global level.

The normal duration of the course is two years and requires 120 university credits (or CFUs). The Master degree in Sustainable Agriculture will be awarded upon completion of the course. With the aim of strengthening this global approach to sustainability, the degree program has been included in an internationalization project in collaboration with the University of Georgia, USA, which enables students to achieve a dual degree in “Sustainable Agriculture” (Italy) and “Crop and Soil Science” (USA). Students can also participate at the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees for the double degree in Plant Health In Sustainable Cropping Systems, Erasmus+ Program Key Action 1.... [-]


Master

Master in Economics and Finance

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

This advanced level course is taught entirely through English and will interest people aiming for specialist or managerial positions in financial advisory firms, private industry, central and local government bodies or international institutions. These are contexts which require a great deal of competence in both internal and international Economics and Finance, where it is important to be able to interpret and manage complex financial phenomena or elaborate and evaluate public policy. [+]

This advanced level course is taught entirely through English and will interest people aiming for specialist or managerial positions in financial advisory firms, private industry, central and local government bodies or international institutions. These are contexts which require a great deal of competence in both internal and international Economics and Finance, where it is important to be able to interpret and manage complex financial phenomena or elaborate and evaluate public policy. Students will choose between two curricula: Banking and Finance or Economics and Public Finance. The former deals with banking management, risk management, and the development of company finance functions in small to medium-sized enterprises. The latter deals with the management of public bodies, focusing in particular on collective choice processes, investment project planning, and how on-going or final evaluations are made of initiatives.... [-]


Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

An educational program to train future entrepreneurs and managers with an open-minded approach, working in a global setting and leveraging on training experiences focused on the cross-fertilization of ideas and practices. [+]

An educational program to train future entrepreneurs and managers with an open-minded approach, working in a global setting and leveraging on training experiences focused on the cross-fertilization of ideas and practices.

Students will explore the innovation frontiers going beyond technological innovation to include also market-driven innovation and social innovation, combining the languages and frameworks of economics and management through integrated courses. Students will not only benefit from theoretical analyses and cutting-edge research developed at DSEA, but they will also go through learning-by-doing processes within the managerial labs proposed in EI.

A global perspective on the business, technological, and institutional scenarios, coupled with solid roots in the experience on how doing business and promote economic development in multiple countries (experiencing Made in Italy model). The double perspective of economics and management will be constantly applied through the Degree, supported by law.... [-]


Master in Environmental Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Padua

The course represents the natural completion of the first-cycle degree in Environmental Engineering, with the aim of preparing a graduate who, through a multidisciplinary approach that considers different aspects, i.e, legal, chemical and physical, geological and geotechnical, hydraulic and hydrological, is able to design and manage engineering solutions with minimal impacts on the social and physical environment. [+]

Characteristics and objectives

The course represents the natural completion of the first-cycle degree in Environmental Engineering, with the aim of preparing a graduate who, through a multidisciplinary approach that considers different aspects, i.e, legal, chemical and physical, geological and geotechnical, hydraulic and hydrological, is able to design and manage engineering solutions with minimal impacts on the social and physical environment. The ultimate goal is to train engineers with advanced professional and scientific knowledge on the interrelations between the various physical, biological and chemical processes involved in environmental systems or systems that interact with the environment; therefore, the graduates will be able to design effectively works aimed at the treatment and disposal of wastes (liquid, solid and gaseous), and those aiming at the defense and protection of land from extreme events; they will be capable of preventing situations of degradation and risk for the environment, to assess and monitor the protection of the territory as well as the quality of the environment in its various forms, to ensure the preservation of natural resources and restore contaminated environments, including the development of research strategies and/or technology transfer.... [-]


Master in Physics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Italy Padua

The Second cycle degree in Physics offered by the University of Padova and is intended for students with a keen interest in either the theoretical or experimental aspects of frontline physics and astronomy. It is possible to specialize in the physics of the fundamental interactions, physics of matter or physics of the universe. [+]

Course description

The program deepens the knowledge of basic elements of modern physics (atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics) and of theoretical physics (analytical mechanics, quantum mechanics, mathematical and numerical methods). It is possible to strengthen the knowledge of specific fields like biophysics, nanoscience, physics of matter, nuclear and particle physics, physics of the fundamental interactions, astrophysics. Finally, the program provides direct experience of the laboratory techniques and computer calculation techniques and data analysis.

The graduate in Physics will know and understand the most relevant phenomena of the physical world at different scales, starting from the macroscopic world down to the atomic physics, the physics of condensed matter, nuclear and subnuclear physics up to the physics of the universe. The understanding of the physical world will be based on experimental evidence and a proper use of the theoretical modeling and its mathematical instruments, including numerical techniques.... [-]


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University of Padova

Address Via 8 Febbraio, 2 35122 Padova
35122 Padua, Veneto, Italy
Website http://www.unipd.it/
Phone +39 049 827 5111