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Animal and Food Science, Ph.D.

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University rank #116 (BCR) Legnaro, Italy
In the middle of a region characterized by an highly intensive farming and animal rearing and by very specialized food industry for the production of high quality and high priced Italian foods and wines the Ph.D. course in Animal and Food Science at the University of Padova. The University of Padova is ranked first in Italy for the research quality in agriculture and animal rearing.
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The Ph.D. in Animal and Food Science at the University of Padova course covers two main fields of interest: Animal Science and Food Science. Strong connections between these fields of research are assured by common education activities and integrated research projects. 

Strong cooperation with a number of other universities across the world, with Italian and European organizations of producers, private companies, and public institutions allow jointed research activities, seminars and periods of stage. 

Attendance to stages abroad for some months, International meetings and conferences is strongly recommended. The final thesis consists in a collection of peer reviewed papers published in top ranking scientific journals.

Animal Science Research Area

The research area of Animal Science is aimed to discover and disseminate new knowledge about genetic improvement, nutrition, management, health and the welfare of domestic animals, and management of wild animals. This knowledge is applied to improve the production processes, the quality of foods, the environmental sustainability of animal farming for the benefit of the human community.

Food Science Research Area

The aim the Doctoral Program in Food science is to develop the careers of young researchers and to promote research collaboration in Food Technology and Biotechnology. The doctoral research topics are extremely consistent with themes identified as a priority at national and European level, such as innovation in product and processing, food safety, in its aspects of optimal preservation of food, nutraceutical, novel food production, valorization of traditional food products. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research topics include:

  • Biostatistic and modelling for selection and crossbreeding of domestic animal populations
  • Biotechnologies applied to genetic improvement
  • Biodiversity protection, traceability of products
  • Food quality and tecnology
  • Optimization of food manufacturing 
  • Novel and functional food 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must have the Italian Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale or an academic qualification issued by a foreign university and recognized as equivalent to the aforementioned qualifications by the academic authorities or by interuniversity agreements of cooperation and mobility
  • The entry qualification must be awarded within the month of September

Tuition Fee

  • International

    187 EUR/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187 EUR per semester and a duration of .
  • EU/EEA

    187 EUR/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187 EUR per semester and a duration of .
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Living costs for Legnaro

  • 600 - 900 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The PhD Course in Animal and Food Science receives finacial support from variuos organizations. In particular scholarships have been financed by:

  • Cariparo (Financed PhD)
  • University of Padova
  • Miur
  • Other public and private financial institutions: Lion Seeds (UK), KHBC (Poland)

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