Sustainable Agriculture Program By Università di Padova |Top Universities

Università di Padova

University of Padua, Provincia di Padova, Italy
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Degree MA
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Subject Agriculture & Forestry
  • Fees(EUR) 5400-
  • Scholarships Yes

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With a global approach to issues related to sustainability and food safety, this course, delivered in English, aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems and train professionals capable of developing and managing sustainable production systems. This path, which offers different possibilities of study abroad, is divided into two areas of study: the productive area, connected to agronomy and plant and animal production, and the technological area, management-oriented, dealing with the protection and enhancement of air, water, soil and the management of rural areas and production processes. With an eye on improving environmental balance and quality and health of produce, you will be eligible to work either in public or private entities and carry out out programming, management, control, coordination and training activities on agricultural production processes.


Characteristics and objectives


According to FAO, sustainable agriculture is an integrated system that aims to nurture healthy ecosystems and support the sustainable management of land, water and natural resources, while ensuring world food security.


The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. The context of the topics covered is international, having as its main area of investigation warm-temperate environments at a global level. The graduate in Sustainable agriculture must work to achieve food security objectives associated with improving the quality and wholesomeness of food products. The graduate must know the issues related to biodiversity, global change and ecosystem services, which are analyzed according to a systemic and adaptive approach, considering also the traceability of processes.


To address the global challenges, students are equipped with a wide learning platform, and are able to make comparisons between different production systems at the international level in terms of environmental, socio-economics, and regulatory environments. With the aim of strengthening this global approach to sustainability and food security, the degree program has been included in an internationalization project in collaboration with the University of Georgia, USA, which enables students to achieve a dual degree in 'Sustainable Agriculture' (Italy) and 'Crop and Soil Science' (USA) and partecipate at the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees for the double degree in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems, Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 1.


The training course in Sustainable Agriculture, lasting two years, includes two main areas of study:

1) Production: training in the areas of agronomy, crop and animal productions, soil science, plant breeding, and integrated management of pests and diseases, all aimed at the sustainability of the production process and its social implications;

2) Technology: training in the areas of management and protection of air-soil-water, use of biomass of agricultural plants and animals, land management, and management of the production process (at different geographic scales) considering both innovative technologies and socio-economic aspects.


Learning is based on active studies covering activities in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field as well as the possibility of using the contribution of Italian and foreign teachers, and industry experts that can provide specific case studies. The program offers intensive individual tutoring of students, as well as the opportunity to intern for six months, in companies in the public and private sectors, possibly abroad, for the study of cases of excellence in preparation of the thesis.


Occupational opportunities


The graduate in Sustainable Agriculture, thanks to an extensive basic training, combined with a methodological approach aimed at problem-solving, attains a versatile and flexible knowledge. For this he/she is able to perform a wide range of activities in a professional and efficient manner:

1) Operate internationally by conducting activities of planning, management, monitoring, coordination and training in agricultural production processes to meet the needs of the international market;

2) Be involved in activities of experimentation and research in both the public and private sectors (eg. Biotechnology companies);

3) Fill a position or interact with international organizations such as FAO, EU and World Bank;

4) Be involved in the transfer of technologies (innovation broker);

5) Manage technical and international business related to agricultural products and processing, and related to agricultural mechanization;

6) Play an active role in private and public structures aimed at land management and the management of water resources, including historical, cultural and landscape values of agricultural land;

7) Collaborate in the establishment and operation of projects in basic and applied research in the field of agricultural production in the international arena.

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The University of Padova was founded in 1222 and is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

10 reasons for studying in Padua:

  1. A broad range of multidisciplinary courses - Padua offers a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes; interconnections among the different
    disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment.
  2. Superior education -The University of Padua is a TOP 250 university in the world. It is also recognised as the best university in Italy for teaching quality (based on the 2018 evaluation of ANVUR, the Agency of the Italian Ministry of University and Research in charge of assessing university performance). It provides a solid academic background and excellent training, ensuring that graduates can brilliantly succeed in their professions.
  3. A leading international university for research - the University of Padua is one of the most cited universities in the world. Academic staff develop ground-breaking research tackling global challenges and supporting the advancement of knowledge, science and society. The University is recognised as the best university in Italy for research quality (ANVUR 2018).
  4. Service quality - 90% of students are highly satisfied with their academic career and student experience at the University of Padua (National Graduate Survey, Almalaurea 2019).
  5. One of Europe's oldest and most renowned universities - It was founded in 1222 by students and lecturers in a bid to spread freedom of thought within study and teaching. Since then, students, researchers and alumni have deeply contributed to the improvement of knowledge, science and society.
  6. An international community - A large and vibrant international community of staff, students and alumni support the development of the University’s missions at global level. The University participates in leading international networks, and its research and teaching projects involve lecturers
    from all over the world. Students can benefit from internationalised curricula and numerous study abroad opportunities.
  7. Financial incentives - Padua’s fees are extremely competitive when compared with those of other top-ranking universities. The University of Padua grants a large number of merit-based and income-based scholarships sponsoring international students’ tuitions and/or living costs.
  8. A student-centred town - The University affords a unique learning environment and is intertwined with the town and its layout. Its research centres, Departments and Schools are located across the town, and its students account for over 30% of the local population.
  9. A unique setting - Padua is a welcoming and charming city, ensuring one of the finest experiences of Italian arts, culture and lifestyle. It combines history, culture and art with thriving businesses in every sector.
  10. Strategic position - Efficient air, rail and road transportation links with the main cities in Italy and abroad international cities.

  • Over 60,000 students enrolled
  • Over 12,000 graduates every year
  • 1 University Hospital
  • 1 Veterinary Hospital
  • 1 Experimental Farm
  • 13 University museums
  • 16 University canteens
  • 1 School of Higher Education
  • 29 libraries
  • 2,200 Teaching Staff
  • 2,300 Technical and Administrative Staff
  • Over 900 course units held in English

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