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Food Science and Technology and Supply Chain Management (LM-70)

  • Type: Master's Degree
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Credits: 120 credits

The master's degree in Agricultural Science and Technology and Supply Chain Management aims to train experts with advanced and multidisciplinary skills capable of carrying out complex activities aimed at planning, management, control, coordination, innovation and training related to the agri-food sector, with particular reference to processes for the production, conservation, transformation and distribution of food and beverages. Training also focuses on a circular bio-economy perspective, along with particular skills in research and development for product and process innovation, in a context of market attentive to the values ​​of sustainability and the human person. The limited number of students with a favorable student-teacher ratio ensures constant and frequent interaction between teachers and students. 

In particular, the course of study aims to give graduates advanced knowledge and skills useful for carrying out research and development and product and process management and control activities within the agri-food supply chains, with a particular sensitivity to issues relating to sustainability and the bio-economy/circular economy, and with adequate knowledge of the regulatory framework of agri-food markets.

During the first year of the course, students will deepen their knowledge of disciplines such as: analytical and food chemistry, food science and technology, neurophysiology applied to food, biochemistry and plant biotechnology for food sustainability, nutrition and health, economics and food legislation.

During the second year, in the first semester they will address the issues relating to food microbiology and agricultural genetics together with those of food technology and information technology engineering and data-management models; the second semester will be dedicated to activities related to the preparation of the thesis, and internships in companies and industries, public or private bodies and in university research units.

The teaching in English in the first year will allow students to undertake a training period abroad.

At the end of their training course, the student will be able to find a job in: food industries, large-scale retail companies, catering companies in management processes and quality control, public and private bodies, food certification, analysis and control, HCCP et.) and consultancy activities as a freelancer. After passing the relative state exam, the student will be able to enroll in the National Order of Food Technologists.

  • Food technologistFunction in a work context:A graduate in Food Science and Technology and Supply Chain Management:
    • performs managerial and organizational functions relating to production processes and aimed at the constant improvement of traditional and innovative food products, in an economic and qualitative sense, also with a view to improving consumer health, in guaranteeing the sustainability and eco-compatibility of industrial and supply chain activities, and implementing and proposing innovations relating to the various professional activities in the sector;
    • carries out planning, coordination and training activities relating to production;
    • carries out qualitative and quantitative assessment and control of food raw materials, finished products, technological aids, semi-finished products and anything else related to the production and transformation of food products;
    • carries out activities of interconnection of the various segments of the supply chain, with the ability to identify critical points and opportunities, also from a perspective of circular economy and innovation of processes and products;
    • verifies compliance with company production regulations in collaboration with other professional profiles;
    • supervises and manages the storage, distribution, administration, control and analysis of food and beverages;
    • collaborates in the conception, planning, realization and market launch of traditional and innovative food products.

    Skills associated with the function:

    Graduates have advanced skills and professional abilities that allow them to coordinate and manage the design, production and preservation of food activities that meet specific quality, safety and sustainability needs, expressed in design, management, improvement of quality, authenticity, food safety and functionality.

    In particular, the skills of the master's degree in Food Science and Technology and Supply Chain Management concern:

    • the innovation and development of food products or production processes in companies in the food sector and those relating to functional foods, food supplements and nutraceuticals;
    • the planning, coordination and management of food transformation processes, from the procurement of raw materials to the finished product, also using automated and high-tech processes;
    • quality control of food and the food chain;
    • the management or supervision of food validation, certification and control processes in public or private laboratories;
    • food safety and regulation of agro-food markets, protection of Made in Italy against fraud and counterfeiting, labeling and traceability of agri-food products, regulation of GMO, DOP, IGP products, etc.
    • the preparation of self-control and risk assessment plans in relation to the agri-food chains;
    • the development of methods and procedures for the chemical-physical and microbiological characterization of foods also using sensor and internet of things approaches;
    • the research and development of new products and processes in public and private research bodies and structures.

    The course also promotes the development and acquisition of skills relating to independent judgment, communication skills and self-learning skills, as well as sensitivity towards environmental sustainability and the human person as a recipient, in various capacities (customer, colleague, employee, subordinate , etc.), of any productive activity.

    Manager of the Agri-Food Chain

     

    The goal is therefore to prepare supply chain managers, with process-management skills of the entire chain, to focus on the needs of globalization with the enhancement of traditional Made in Italy products.

    Students will acquire technical-scientific, legislative and market skills as well as a marked sensitivity for the themes of sustainability and the circular economy. They will then be ready to work in the management and monitoring processes of the agri-food sector, in food control or in the food and nutraceutical industries.

    Graduates will be able to enroll in the National Order of Food Technologists, after passing the state exam.

Curricular internships

The Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma promotes curricular internship opportunities for the purpose of achieving the degree thesis at companies in the corporate network of the Committee UCBM-Companies. Among these are Cereal Docks that, with its Mantegna Campus, intends to bring the academic world closer to the world of work through training and research capable of helping students understand the logic of the production world as well as promoting the exchange of innovative ideas. In particular, it offers master's degree students the opportunity to develop an innovative scientific study on a topic of interest to the company. Applications are open to students with a level of English B2 and the desire to implement a thesis project in the company... >> Learn more

Reference sectors

With reference to the classification of professions made by ISTAT, the Italian national statistics institute, graduates of the Master's Degree Course in Food Science and Technology and Supply Chain Management have job opportunities in the agro-food sector.

In particular, graduates can find employment opportunities with managerial or consultancy roles in:

  • food industries and companies related to the production, transformation, preservation and distribution of food products, nutraceuticals/supplements, functional foods or dietery products for special medical purposes;
  • companies in retail trade (including intermediaries in the trade of food and drink products, or raw materials for the production of food, supplements, etc.);
  • catering companies and their management and quality control processes;
  • public and private entities that carry out certification, analysis and control of foods or production processes, are engaged in scientific investigations for the enhancement or protection of agro-food products, or deal with the training of employees in the agri-food sector.

In the context of public administration, there are job opportunities in areas where a high level of training is required. Graduates may carry out the profession of food technologist on a freelance basis, enrolling in the register of the professional order of food technologists, after passing the state exam.

Curricular internships

The Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma promotes curricular internship opportunities for the purpose of achieving the degree thesis at companies in the corporate network of the Committee UCBM-Companies. Among these are Cereal Docks that, with its Mantegna Campus, intends to bring the academic world closer to the world of work through training and research capable of helping students understand the logic of the production world as well as promoting the exchange of innovative ideas. In particular, it offers master's degree students the opportunity to develop an innovative scientific study on a topic of interest to the company. Applications are open to students with a level of English B2 and the desire to implement a thesis project in the company... >> Learn more

Reference sectors

With reference to the classification of professions made by ISTAT, the Italian national statistics institute, graduates of the Master's Degree Course in Food Science and Technology and Supply Chain Management have job opportunities in the agro-food sector.

In particular, graduates can find employment opportunities with managerial or consultancy roles in:

  • food industries and companies related to the production, transformation, preservation and distribution of food products, nutraceuticals/supplements, functional foods or dietery products for special medical purposes;
  • companies in retail trade (including intermediaries in the trade of food and drink products, or raw materials for the production of food, supplements, etc.);
  • catering companies and their management and quality control processes;
  • public and private entities that carry out certification, analysis and control of foods or production processes, are engaged in scientific investigations for the enhancement or protection of agro-food products, or deal with the training of employees in the agri-food sector.

In the context of public administration, there are job opportunities in areas where a high level of training is required. Graduates may carry out the profession of food technologist on a freelance basis, enrolling in the register of the professional order of food technologists, after passing the state exam.

President of the Course

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