Academic year 2018/2019


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA Second cycle, EQF level 7

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 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. Luigi Intorre

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or an equivalent foreign qualification in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if the required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

No exam for orientation purposes.

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Master of Science in “Science and Technologies of Animal Production” aims at training professional figures who are 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 the 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 the specific scientific field, but they will also have practiced the peculiar ways to acquire, elaborate and analyse information. Thanks to the topics taught 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 the feed industry and dietetics;
- Knowledge of the extensive livestock farming technologies;
- Knowledge of wildlife breeding and management
- Knowledge of physiopathology of reproduction and prophylaxis of parasitic diseases;
- Advanced knowledge of the production and transformation processes of the food of animal origin;
- Knowledge of topography and farm buildings;
- Knowledge of auditing techniques, certification systems and marketing;
- 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
Private companies
Wildlife conservation
Animal welfare organizations
Animal feed industry
Hygiene control of the transformation and marketing of animal-based products
Research Establishment

Access to further study

The Master's 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, 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 15 ECTS are allocated, must demonstrate the knowledge of the above mentioned professional skills.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2018/2019