Life / Master's degree programme
Food Safety and Food Risk Management

General information for the a.y. 2022-2023

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 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.

Course content

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.

Career options

Master's graduates in Food Safety and Food Risk Management operate at different levels of the agri- food supply chain, including the Development of an adequate Regulation regulating production safety and sustainability. In international bodies, in the control bodies, in agri-food companies, Master's degree graduates play leading, coordination, and responsibility roles for the management aspects of safety and sustainability related to production, procurement and handling of raw materials, process control, development of new products, marketing and distribution at national and international level.

More information

Course Director
prof. Gianni Galaverna (Unipr)
prof. Sergio Ghidini, dott. Andrea Baroni

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences