• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The program in Food Production Management at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 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.
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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 agrifood value chains of their interest.

Learning objectives

The Food Production Management program offered by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 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 taking with limited information, ability to work in 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Deadline EU citizens and residents: October 30
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied statistics
  • Physics
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry 
  • Plant physiology 
  • Applied genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied biochemistry

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

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

  • You 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.
  • You can give evidence that you 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 mother tongue. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8040 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8040 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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European Residents

A student may pay from a minimum of about € 3600 to a maximum of about € 8900 per year. 

Living costs for Piacenza

  • 700 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The UCSC International Scholarship is an annual tuition fee reduction promoted by Università Cattolica in order to foster the access of international student to the degree programs.  The discount covers about 37% of the total cost. Applicants are notified of the award by e-mail when they receive an offer for admission. 

This scholarship is automatically extended from year to year for the normal duration of the degree program. Successful candidates must maintain full-time enrolment status in order to finish their degrees on time. Should the candidate be unable to graduate on the expected date, all additional costs will be at the student’s expense.

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