Academic year 2020/2021


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

3 years; 180 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own pace. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of the Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Roberta Moruzzo

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or an equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Bachelor of Science in “Science and Technologies of Animal Production” aims to train students as technician figures qualified to work in the following sectors: a) animal production; b) animal health and well-being; c) quality, hygiene and safety of the products of animal origin; d) management of zootechnical and transformation enterprises, sales/ marketing and safety of the food chain.
Graduates will be able to carry out technical and professional tasks in the animal production sector and related technologies.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- an essential knowledge on the basic sciences in perspective of their future professional application;
- knowledge of animal nutrition and breeding technologies;
- knowledge of agronomy and forage production;
- knowledge of microbiology applied to animal production;
- knowledge of veterinary hygiene and animal welfare;
- knowledge of the production and transformation processes of the food of animal origin;
- knowledge of farm and agro-food economics.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Employment opportunities exist for graduates in the following areas:
• Livestock and agricultural management
• Livestock production and nutrition
• Private companies
• Wildlife conservation
• Animal welfare organizations
• Animal feed industry
• Hygiene control of the transformation and marketing of animal-based products

Access to further study

The degree in ANIMAL PRODUCTION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, commentary of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer based on the performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. The main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme, in order to facilitate the comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on the occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated based on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised into sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The students choose which of the appelli they wish to respond to. In most cases, it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final dissertation, to which 3 ECTS are allocated, must demonstrate knowledge of the above mentioned professional skills.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021