Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
2 years; 120 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 rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. GISELLA PACI
Department of SCIENZE VETERINARIE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luigi Intorre
Language of Teaching
Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.
The Master of Science in “Science and Technologies of Animal Production” aims at the training of professional figures qualified to work in the following sectors: a) animal production; b) animal well-being; c) quality, hygiene and safety of products of animal origin; d) management of zootechnical and transformation enterprises, sales/ marketing and safety of the food chain. Graduates not only will have acquired a large knowledge of the notions relevant to specific scientific field, but they will also have practiced the peculiar ways to acquire, elaborate and analyze information. Thanks to the topics treated and the teaching models used, the acquired professional will be recognizable in an international context.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Program will be able to demonstrate:
- a deep knowledge of feed industry and dietetics;
- the knowledge of the extensive livestock farming technologies;
- the knowledge of wildlife breeding and management
- the knowledge of physiopathology of reproduction and prophylaxis of parasitic diseases;
- advanced knowledge of the production and transformation processes of the food of animal origin;
- the knowledge of topography and farm buildings;
- the knowledge of auditing techniques, certification systems and marketing;
- the knowledge of land values appraisal and environmental legislation;
- advanced knowledge of microbiology and biotechnology applied to animal production;
- the ability to critically detect and evaluate the impact of animal breeding on the environment.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Employment opportunities exist for graduates in the following areas:
Livestock and agricultural management
Livestock production and nutrition
Animal welfare organizations
Animal feed industry
Hygiene control of the transformation and marketing of animal-based products
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in Animal Production Science and Technology allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.
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, comment 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 on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. 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 examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated 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 in 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 student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes 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 15 ECTS are allocated, must demonstrate the knowledge of the above mentioned professional skills.