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Food Safety and Food Risk Management

General information for the a.y. 2024-2025

Interuniversity programme with Università degli studi di Parma and Università di Bologna and Università degli studi di Ferrara

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences


The Master's Degree Programme in Food Safety and Food Risk Management is an inter-university programme delivered in English and addressed to Italian and foreign students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of food safety assessment and risk management, including the development and implementation of agri-food production safety names. The development of global markets sets important challenges, such as the drafting of international sanitary and phytosanitary agreements and those on technical barriers related to agreements in the WTO (World Trade Organization), which require specialists in the agri-food sector with a high level of knowledge acquired in an advanced study programme aimed at developing multidisciplinary scientific skills, in order to manage present and/or emerging risks in agri-food production, to ensure the sustainability of the sector.

Programme contents

The teaching programme includes a first year at the University of Parma to acquire skills in the characteristics and traceability of food and its components, in chemical and microbiological changes as a function of production and transformation processes, and in the study of factors governing the safety of raw materials. The second year is at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Reggio Emilia campus) and provides an exploration of the safety and management of agro-vegetable products, with an emphasis on the assessment, mitigation and management of risk in primary production in a context of global trade, product losses in supply chain processes, microbial and mycotoxicological problems and pesticide residues.

Job opportunities

Master's graduates in Food Safety and Food Risk Management operate at different levels of the agri-food chain, including the development of appropriate regulations governing the safety and sustainability of production. In international organisations, control bodies, and agri-food companies, master graduates play leadership, coordination and responsibility roles for safety and sustainability management aspects related to production, procurement and handling of raw materials, process control, new product development, marketing and distribution nationally and internationally.

More information

Course Director:
prof. Gianni Galaverna
UniversitÓ di Parma
Tel 0521 906270

Coordinatore per UNIMORE
prof. Emilio Stefani
Tel: 0522 522013
Tutoring delegate:
prof. Sergio Ghidini