Nutritional Sciences - master

Studente in laboratorio
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-70 - Food industry
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian

The degree programme is designed to prepare graduates to undertake professional roles geared at the continuous improvement of food products, in terms of both quality and cost- effectiveness, through sustainable industrial processes, assimilating and proposing innovations in the various professional occupations in the sector.

Graduates are qualified to work in the food industries, in companies engaged in the production, processing, conservation and distribution of food products, in large-scale retail, in public and private bodies engaged in planning, analysis, control, certification and scientific surveys for the protection and development of food products, in training organisations, research offices and as freelance professionals.

By way of example, graduates are trained to pursue the following professional occupations:

  • the management of food conservation, processing and commercialisation lines;
  • the study, design, management and testing of production processes for foods and related biological products, including waste treatment and by-product recover processes;
  • procedures relating to the supply of raw materials and food systems and the distribution of finished products, food additives, etc;
  • production chain quality management for food products, additives, technological adjuvants, semi-finished products, packaging and all other aspects relating to food production and processing;
  • expert and arbitration roles connected with the duties listed above;
  • market research and related activities in connection with food production;
  • research into and the development of food processes and products.

Application and admission: Open with entry requirements examination.

English language

Students must have level B2 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B2 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December.

Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

ERASMUS+ opportunities, access procedures and selection criteria are described in a specific call for applications for the Food area. We have selected 40 partner universities throughout Europe based on their affinity with this programme of study.

The fields to be developed abroad include microbial biotechnology, applied nutrition, food plant design and management, innovation economics and management, logistics and packaging technology, process modelling, enhancement and innovation.

The learning agreement is defined in cooperation with the study programme's Erasmus manager, both for the choice of exams and the organization of the internship at the partner university. Before completing the learning agreement, you must obtain the formal approval of the exams to be taken at the host university by teachers holding equivalent or similar courses at the University of Milan. The conduct of an experimental activity abroad, as part of or the entire internship activity, requires a letter of consent from a teacher of the partner university and the formal approval of the objectives, the project and the internship period by a teacher of the study programme acting as supervisor.
At the end of the study period abroad, you will deliver the transcript of records issued by the host university and obtain credit and grade recognition by resolution of the Academic Board.

At the end of the study period abroad, you will deliver the transcript of records issued by the host university and obtain credit and grade recognition by resolution of the Academic Board.

We actively participate in the Erasmus+ Placement Programme, providing student mobility opportunities for thesis work in highly qualified facilities (universities, public and private research centres) that are selected also based on individual study programmes.

Highly recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Applied nutrition 6 48 Italian BIO/09
Design and management of food plants 6 64 Italian AGR/09
Economics of innovation in the food industry 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Microbial biotechnology 9 84 Italian AGR/16
- Industrial fermentations5
- Unità didattica 1: Biotecnologie genetico-molecolari4
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biochemistry of food processes 6 56 Italian BIO/10
Food packaging and logistics 6 64 Italian AGR/15
Quality management systems 6 56 Italian AGR/15
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Process modeling, optimization and innovation 6 64 Italian AGR/15
Optional
Animal production and quality of meat and aquaculture products 6 56 Italian AGR/19
Avdanced dairy technologies 6 56 Italian AGR/15
Bio-based food processes 6 56 Italian BIO/10 CHIM/11
Biochemistry and microbiology of animal derived foods 6 48 Italian AGR/16 BIO/10
Biotechnology of food fermentation 6 64 Italian AGR/16
Marketing of agri-food products 6 64 Italian AGR/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced dairy microbiology 6 56 Italian AGR/16
Cereal products: traditional and innovative technologies 6 56 Italian AGR/15
Food economics and european legislation 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Preservation and transformation of products of animal origin 6 52 Italian AGR/15
Raw materials and technologies in chocolate and confectionery industries 6 56 Italian AGR/15
Use and recycling of agri-food biomasses 6 56 Italian AGR/13
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 40 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Un insegnamento a scelta orientata (1) tra i seguenti:

Lo studente può scegliere uno degli insegnamenti riportati nella tabella sottostante.
Per la scelta nell'ambito di "percorsi formativi" suggeriti, si veda il paragrafo "Struttura del corso".
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Avdanced dairy technologies 6 56 Italian First semester AGR/15
Biotechnology of food fermentation 6 64 Italian First semester AGR/16
Cereal products: traditional and innovative technologies 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/15
Preservation and transformation of products of animal origin 6 52 Italian Second semester AGR/15
- Un insegnamento a scelta orientata (2) tra i seguenti:

Lo studente può scegliere uno degli insegnamenti riportati nella tabella sottostante.
Per la scelta nell'ambito di "percorsi formativi" suggeriti, si veda il paragrafo "Struttura del corso".
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Animal production and quality of meat and aquaculture products 6 56 Italian First semester AGR/19
Food economics and european legislation 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/01
Use and recycling of agri-food biomasses 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/13
- Un insegnamento a scelta orientata (3) tra i seguenti:

Lo studente può scegliere uno degli insegnamenti riportati nella tabella sottostante.
Per la scelta nell'ambito di "percorsi formativi" suggeriti, si veda il paragrafo "Struttura del corso".
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Bio-based food processes 6 56 Italian First semester BIO/10 CHIM/11
Biochemistry and microbiology of animal derived foods 6 48 Italian First semester AGR/16 BIO/10
Marketing of agri-food products 6 64 Italian First semester AGR/01
Advanced dairy microbiology 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/16
Raw materials and technologies in chocolate and confectionery industries 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/15
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Molecular bases of taste 4 32 English CHIM/06
Product design and development 4 32 Italian AGR/15
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced techniques for microscopy, microanalysis and image analysis of foods 4 48 Italian AGR/15
Food Structure 4 44 Italian AGR/15
International agrifood markets and policy 7 72 English AGR/01
Microbial cultures for industrial food applications 4 32 Italian AGR/16
Molecular traceability of foods 4 36 Italian BIO/10
Nanotechnologies in the food industry 4 36 Italian AGR/15
Probiotic microorganisms: biotechnology and applications 4 32 Italian AGR/16
Quality and functionality of dairy products 4 40 Italian AGR/15
Technology and use of oils and fats in the food industry 4 40 Italian AGR/15
Study plan rules
- Lo studente ha a disposizione 8 CFU da destinare ad attività formative liberamente scelte tra gli insegnamenti offerti dall'Università degli Studi di Milano; 4 di questi CFU possono essere acquisiti seguendo con profitto seminari, convegni, corsi di aggiornamento, od altre attività organizzate dall'Ateneo o da un altro Ente. Per le regole da seguire nella scelta di queste attività si veda il paragrafo "Struttura del corso".
Di seguito sono elencate le attività formative a libera scelta proposte dal Collegio Didattico di Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari:

Molecular bases of taste 4 cfu; ssd CHIM/06; 1°semestre;

Colture microbiche per l'industria alimentare 4 cfu; ssd AGR/16; 2°semestre;

Design e sviluppo di prodotto 4 cfu; ssd AGR/15; 1°semestre;

International agrifood market and policy 7 cfu; ssd AGR/01; 2°semestre;

Microrganismi probiotici: biotecnologie e applicazioni 4 cfu; ssd AGR/16; 2°semestre;

Nanotecnologie nell'industria alimentare 4 cfu; ssd AGR/15; 2°semestre;

Qualità e funzionalità di latte e derivati 4 cfu; ssd AGR/15; 2°semestre;

Struttura degli alimenti * 4 cfu; ssd AGR/15; 2°semestre;

Tecniche avanzate di microscopia, microanalisi e image analysis applicate agli alimenti **

Tecnologia ed impiego delle sostanze grasse nell'industria alimentare **

Tracciabilità molecolare degli alimenti 4 cfu; ssd BIO/10; 2°semestre;

* Insegnamento attivo ad anni alterni a partire dall'anno accademico 2020-21;
** Insegnamento attivo ad anni alterni a partire dall'anno accademico 2019-20.
Location
Milano
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