The programme

Here you can find an overview of the degree programme, including information on its organisation and regulations, as well as a number of useful information. In addition, this section includes an overview of the University’s Quality Assurance system and the Student Orientation services available to prospective students, to help them choose the right course for them.

A.A. 2021/2022

Student orientation services

The new website of the Student Orientation Office, with new form and content, is the result of a long process aimed at providing a better and more comprehensive service to its many users. Users are mostly secondary school pupils approaching the University for the first time, and schools' University Orientation Services which organise activities to assist their pupils in post-school choices. Making a decision means choosing the best alternative to satisfy one's expectations, preferences and aspirations. 
 
More details: www.univr.it/orientamento (italian page)

dal lunedì al venerdì dalle ore 9.00 alle ore 13.00 (via S. Francesco n. 22 - Verona).

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Course of study in brief

The Master Degree in Agri-Food Biotechnology offers a high level professional preparation, which can be employed in research activity and development of processes, products and services in the agri-food production chain.
Graduates will be able to solve and manage problems related to agri-food biotechnologies in a sustainable way, including energy and environmental aspects, as well as to deal with the planning and fulfillment of basic research, applied research and technological transfer projects in the industry.
The course offers the possibility to deepen a wide range of scientific disciplines that include Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology, Plant physiology and nutrition, Plant pathology, Plant genetics, Food science also applied to health, Food and Environmental Microbiology, Industrial processes.
In addition to traditional teaching, the Master Degree includes hands-on teaching methods and many credits of laboratory and experimental internship, thanks to which the student will acquire knowledge and skills essential for the development of a project, by defining goals, strategies for implementation and feasibility, as well as experimental checks.

Master's degree representative: Prof. Luca Dall'Osto
 

Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS)

As part of the Quality Assurance system, complete, updated and easily available information on objectives, study plan, resources used and results achieved for each degree programme is made available through the SUA-CdS - Scheda Unica Annuale del Corso di Studio (Degree programme annual factsheet). This includes an Overview and three public sections (Learning Objectives, Student Experience, Learning Outcomes) which together provide a wide range of information about each degree programme. The SUA-CdS also contains an administrative section (Administration and Quality Management) that is for internal use only.

The Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS), which is currently available only in Italian, is a valuable tool that can be used by the University to design, implement and reorganise, as well as to evaluate, each degree programme. However, the SUA-CdS factsheet is also useful for students, to help them choose the right programme of study.
 

  • Degree type Corsi di laurea Magistrale
  • Duration 2  years
  • Part-time Study option available Yes
  • Admissions Subject to entry requirements
  • Degree class LM-7
  • Location verona
  • Language Italian
  • Mode of teaching Mixed
Il Corso di laurea magistrale in Biotecnologie agro-alimentari si propone di formare un laureato che possa presentarsi sul mercato del lavoro con un curriculum originale e già orientato quanto a capacità professionali. Pertanto i percorsi formativi offerti sono finalizzati a far acquisire allo studente le competenze professionali specifiche che sono richieste per un rapido inserimento nel mondo del lavoro, promuovendo altresì le competenze rilevanti per un'ulteriore qualificazione accademica.
I percorsi sono suddivisi in due fasi:
a) una fase caratterizzante,
b) una fase specifica in forma di internato presso laboratori di ricerca qualificati, finalizzata a far acquisire allo studente le competenze necessarie per un suo appropriato inserimento nelle attività di ricerca o di produzione. Il laureato deve acquisire le competenze per elaborare un progetto, definendone scopi, tecniche, fattibilità e di rimodularlo in rapporto ai risultati. Il percorso formativo e tutta l'offerta didattica specifica si fonda sulla presenza storica presso l'Università di Verona di competenze consolidate nel campo delle biotecnologie agro-alimentari.
L'obiettivo generale del corso è far acquisire allo studente conoscenze e competenze multisciplinari necessarie per l'impiego di biotecnologie innovative su organismi procarioti ed eucarioti di interesse agrario ed agroindustriale, e sui prodotti trasformati. Gli obiettivi specifici del corso sono formulati in vista degli attuali sviluppi delle biotecnologie nei settori di interesse vegetale e agro-alimentare, tenendo peraltro presente la necessità che il percorso formativo resti in stretto rapporto con le attività scientifiche e professionali concretamente svolte in sede locale.
Il laureato può svolgere attività professionali in vari ambiti biotecnologici del settore agro-alimentare sia in strutture pubbliche che private.

Funzione in un contesto di lavoro
Il laureato in Biotecnologie agro-alimentari sarà in grado di:
  • sviluppare processi, prodotti e servizi nella filiera agroalimentare;
  • gestire e coordinare programmi di sviluppo e controllo delle biotecnologie applicate al settore agro-alimentare.
Competenze associate alla funzione
Il laureato possiede competenze multidisciplinari per:
  • l'impiego di biotecnologie innovative su organismi eucarioti e procarioti di interesse agrario ed industriale e sui prodotti trasformati;
  • la stesura ed esecuzione di progetti di ricerca di base, applicata e di trasferimento tecnologico all'industria;
  • l'analisi, la gestione e la risoluzione sostenibile di problematiche legate alle biotecnologie agro-alimentari mediante l'applicazione dei più moderni approcci analitici.
Sbocchi occupazionali
Il laureato potrà operare con funzioni di elevata responsabilità:
  • nella direzione di laboratori sia privati che pubblici in diversi settori (produzioni vegetali, industrie alimentari, ambiente ed energia);
  • nel coordinamento anche a livello gestionale ed amministrativo programmi di sviluppo e sorveglianza delle biotecnologie applicate nei settori sopra indicati;
  • nello svolgimento di attività libero-professionale di consulenza o progettazione.


Quality Assurance

The quality of a degree programme is the extent to which it achieves its educational objectives and meets the quality requirements of the educational activities offered, which are determined in line with the needs and expectations of students and representatives of the world of work.

This programme has adopted a teaching Quality Assurance system in line with the University’s quality assurance guidelines and based on the e ANVUR national quality assurance guidelines, by carrying out the following activities:
  • periodic consultations with representatives of the world of work to assess the adequacy of the cultural and professional profiles offered in their courses;
  • design of educational contents and planning of resources;
  • organisation of educational activities and teaching services;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of teaching and planning measures to improve teaching and services;
  • provision of complete and up-to-date information on its website, relating to the programme (professional roles, expected learning outcomes, learning activities).
The above activities are scheduled and interrelated, based on the PDCA principles (Plan, Do, Check, Act).
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In a Quality Assurance system, students play a fundamental role: each student can play their part by participating in the Quality Assurance groups of their degree programme and in the Faculty-Student Joint Committees or, more simply, by taking part in the Student Survey on teaching, or questionnaires. It’s in this context that specific workshops for student representatives (‘Laboratori di rappresentanza attiva’) are periodically made available to students by the University and the University’s Quality Assurance Board. To find out more, please see the relevant section.

Il sistema di valutazione universitario e il ruolo dello studente

by Prof. Graziano Pravadelli: a lecture recorded on the occasion of the January 2021 workshop for student representatives.

QA bodies

QA in degree programmes

QA activities

Degree Programme description and regulations

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The Degree programme teaching regulations set out the organisational aspects of the degree programme, in line with the University’s teaching regulations. The first part of the document includes general information about the programme, the second part includes links to the relevant module web pages, and the third part specifies the administrative aspects.

Other Regulations

To view other regulations of interest refer to the section: Statute and regulations

The Italian University system

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First-cycle degrees: Bachelor’s degree programme

First-cycle degrees are aimed at enabling students to achieve a command of general scientific methods and content, and to acquire specific professional knowledge.
Admission requirements: secondary school diploma after completing 13 years of study in total and passing the relevant State examination, or equivalent foreign qualification; admission may be subject to further assessment.
Duration: three years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 180 CFU; doing an internship and preparing a dissertation/thesis may also be required. Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree, graduates may continue their studies by enrolling in a Master’s degree or other second-cycle degree programmes and courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree (Laurea), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore”.

Second-cycle degrees: Master’s degree

Second-cycle degrees aim to provide students with an advanced training and knowledge to take on highly-skilled roles.
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or a foreign equivalent qualification; curricular admission requirements for each course may vary depending on each University.
Duration: two years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 120 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”. Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees
Some courses (Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics, Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy, Architecture and Building Engineering-Architecture, Law, Primary Education) are offered as Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees (Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico).
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a secondary school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification; admission is subject to passing an admission test.
Duration: five years (six years and 360 CFU for Medicine and Surgery, and Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics).
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 300 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis. Upon completion of a Single-cycle degree, graduates may continue their studies by applying for a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca) or other third-cycle courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”.

Third-cycle degrees

PhD programmes: these courses enable students to gain reliable methodologies for advanced scientific research through innovative methodologies and new technologies, and generally include internships abroad and lab activities at research laboratories. Graduates wishing to apply for a PhD programme must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition; PhD programmes have a minimum duration of three years. In order to complete the programme, students must produce a research thesis/dissertation and present it at a final examination.
Academic title: upon completion of a PhD programme, students are awarded the title of “Dottore di ricerca”, or “PhD”.
Postgraduate specialisation courses: these are third-cycle courses aimed at enabling students to develop advanced knowledge and highly-specialised skills, such as in the medical, clinical and surgical fields. To be admitted to these courses, applicants must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition. Postgraduate specialisation courses may last from two (120 CFU) to 6 years (360 CFU) depending on the type. Academic title: upon completion of this programme, graduates are awarded a “Diploma di Specializzazione”.

Professional Master’s programme

1st-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di primo livello”.
2nd-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Master’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di secondo livello”.

Other useful things

Crediti Formativi Universitari (CFU/ECTS credits): Italian university courses are based on the CFU system. 1 CFU is equal to 25 hours of study. The average annual academic workload for a full-time student is generally assumed to be 60 CFU. CFU and ECTS credits serve the same purpose and generally have the same value.
Degree class: Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes that have the same learning objectives and activities are grouped into “degree classes". The educational content of each programme is set autonomously by each university; however, universities are required to include certain educational activities (and the corresponding number of CFU credits) set at the national level. These requirements are established in relation to each degree class. Degrees in the same class have the same legal value.
Double/Joint degrees: the Italian universities may establish degree programmes in partnership with other Italian or foreign universities. Upon completion of these courses, graduates are awarded a joint or double/multiple degree, one from each Partner University.

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