MSc in Sustainable Food Systems (European Double Degree Programme)
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
14 Apr 2024
Earliest start date
* tuition fees depend on fiscal residency and range from € 3,800 to € 10,400
The MSc Sustainable Food Systems (European Double Degree Programme) is an academic program designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the field of sustainable food systems. This program typically involves collaboration between multiple universities in Europe, offering students the opportunity to earn a double degree by completing coursework and research at two different institutions.
Key features of the MSc Sustainable Food Systems (European Double Degree Programme) may include:
- Interdisciplinary Approach: The program typically integrates various disciplines such as agriculture, environmental science, economics, policy studies, and nutrition to provide students with a holistic understanding of sustainable food systems.
- International Perspective: As a double degree program, students have the opportunity to study in different countries, gaining exposure to diverse cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic contexts related to food production, distribution, and consumption.
- Research Focus: Students are often required to conduct research projects or a thesis on topics related to sustainable food systems, allowing them to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
- Practical Experience: Some programs may include internships, fieldwork, or practical exercises to provide students with hands-on experience in various aspects of sustainable food systems management.
- Networking Opportunities: Students may have the chance to interact with experts, professionals, and peers from different parts of the world, building valuable networks within the sustainable food systems community.
- Career Prospects: Graduates of the program are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in various sectors such as agriculture, food production, food policy, sustainable development, research, consulting, and international organizations focusing on food security and sustainability.
Semester 1 Cremona, Italy Università Cattolica
- Seminar on theological issues
- Food microbiology for food production - 6 ECTS
- Biochemistry of food - 4 ECTS
- Food supply chain management - 5 ECTS
- Economic impact of agricultural and food regulation - 5 ECTS
- Food footprint: the environmental impact of the agro-food chain - 5 ECTS
- Introduction to the sustainability of the food system - 5 ECTS
Semester 2 Cremona, Italy Università Cattolica
- Food technology and plants - 10 ECTS
- Food quality assurance and international certifications - 5 ECTS
- Digital data processing - 5 ECTS
- Law and regulation in food value chains - 5 ECTS
- Food risk analysis and management - 5 ECTS
Semester 3 Lyon, France ISARA
This is a comprehensive applied semester enabling students to incorporate transversal and soft skills. They will include group work in strong cooperation with partner industries.
The semester is made of three parts:
- Entrepreneurship and sustainable development in food industries - 12 ECTS
- Food processing and managerial innovation - 12 ECTS
- Core project - 6 ECTS
The Master’s thesis that will be discussed at ISARA, is to be carried out under the supervision of either ISARA or Università Cattolica and can also be conducted along with an internship in a food organization or food company.
The thesis is composed of:
- A written component (70% of the final grade)
- An oral examination (Viva) of the duration of 1 hour (30% of the final grade)
Scholarships and Funding
Candidates can request the “UCSC International Scholarship” while filling out the online application. The UCSC International Scholarship is an annual tuition fee reduction promoted by Università Cattolica to foster the access of international students to degree programs. The discount covers about 33% of the total cost.
Applicants are notified of the award by email when they receive an offer for admission.
For the academic year 2024/25, the tuition and university fee applicable to students who receive the UCSC International Scholarship is € 5,600.
This scholarship is automatically extended from year to year for the normal duration of the degree program. Successful candidates must maintain full-time enrolment status to finish their degrees on time. Should the candidate be unable to graduate on the expected date, all additional costs will be at the student’s expense.
In case students receive other forms of financial aid (scholarships and accommodation offered by EDUCatt), the UCSC International Scholarship will not be awarded.
With a strong basis in sustainable food production and an international profile, graduates of this programme enjoy a wide range of career opportunities globally and are well-placed to obtain managerial positions in SMEs in the food industry, in fields such as:
- Supply chain
- Quality and safety
- Production and processes
- Sustainable development
- Food system innovation