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Herbal Sciences and Technologies  Scienze e tecnologie erboristiche

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field L-29 Pharmacy
Application and Admission Limited enrolment with admission test. How to apply.
Course Duration 3 years
Course Attendance Not mandatory
Course Language Italian
Course Location Lecture rooms in Città Studi - Milano
Head of Studies Gelsomina Fico
Course Website Programme Description

Course Objectives

In line with related specifications, the degree programme is designed to provide graduates with sufficient basic and applied knowledge and professional competences in the Herbal Studies sector, as well as the fundamental training required to enter master degree programmes in the related field of study.

Graduates possess a sufficient grounding in the discipline and the ability to apply this knowledge throughout the production chain. They are familiar with the survey methods specific to the sector, and know how to utilise research and experimentation results for professional purposes, as well as how to harness their knowledge to solve problems that arise along the production chain.

They are capable of attaining required information and assessing the implications in a production and market context, so as to carry out procedures targeted at improving the quality of medicinal plants and their derivatives.

They can also communicate arguments relating to their sphere of competence effectively, both orally and in writing. They possess the basic cognitive tools required to ensure the continuous updating of knowledge in the sector, also through the use of new communications technologies.

Career and Employment

Graduates have an excellent command of survey and experimentation methods, also in relation to data collection and the communication of results, as well as sound competences in the use of advanced texts.

They are qualified to perform technical and managerial tasks and assume professional roles in:

  • the transformation of medicinal plants
  • quality management in the industry
  • the commercialisation of herbal substances and their derivatives for use in the preparation of herbal, food and cosmetic products, in compliance with the provisions of the national and Community laws currently in force.

In particular, graduates are qualified to pursue careers in activities relating to the recognition (including the detection of adulterations or contaminations), gathering and conservation of medicinal plants and the storage, control (analysis and dosage of the active substances), cultivation (design, planning, management, monitoring, and control of cultivation processes), distribution (both wholesale and retail) and supply of medicinal plants and their derivatives.

They possess a good grasp of the biological and toxicological effects of the active substances of medicinal plants and the finished goods as well as their possible uses for health products (including the food and cosmetic sectors); the management of their quality; and knowledge of the legislation and ethical regulations of the sector.

They can also provide technical and scientific consultancy services in relation to the monitoring of the sanitary condition of medicinal plants and their derivatives in State Administrations (in particular the Ministries of Health, Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies, Commerce and Craftsmanship, and Finance); and with publishing companies operating in the herbal sector.