Economics and Management - Curriculum Food System Management (FoodSys), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Economics and Management - Curriculum Food System Management (FoodSys) course, offered at the University of Bologna, builds on the connections between different fields of knowledge focused on food systems to train prospective decision-makers in facing real management problems in international contexts and diverse organizational settings.


The Economics and Management - Curriculum Food System Management (FoodSys) course, offered at the University of Bologna, is an economics-centred and multidisciplinary programme, providing a combination of analytical and quantitative skills with an emphasis on management, policy and practice.

The first year programme will be held in Forlì and the second year programme will take place in Bologna (at the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine).

Learning outcomes

As future managers, advisors and entrepreneurs in agro-food and rural systems, students will acquire advanced knowledge about business administration and entrepreneurial skills. Specific competencies will include knowledge of agro-food, environmental economics, business logistics and food supply chain management, food quality management, international food marketing, food and agricultural policy, rural economics and policy, international relations and projects management.

Career prospects

Graduates will develop strong economic competencies in the field of food systems management and sustainability and may join PhD programmes and successfully fulfil the roles of managers, consultants, professionals, entrepreneurs, chief officers in national and international businesses and start-ups, transnational corporations, international organizations, public authorities and consulting or surveillance bodies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Food Economics
  • Food System Sustainability laboratory
  • Food Quality Management Laboratory
  • Global Agri-Food Marketing
  • Agricultural and Food Policy
  • Rural Development and Bioenergy Economics and Policy Laboratory
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Second Application deadline: 29 August 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE scores, however, has not provided a recommended or minimum required score range.

    The GRE - or Graduate Record Examinations - is a standardized test administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is part of the admission requirements at many graduate schools and business schools. The GRE score uses a range between 130 and 170 and measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

To apply for the FoodSys programme, you must meet the following (two) requirements:

  • You must have obtained a three-year First Cycle Degree/Bachelor's degree OR you must have obtained, by the date of the application, a total amount of 48 ECTS credits in the specific scientific-disciplinary sectors (SDS) such as Business, Economics, Law, Mathematics-Statistics, at least 30 of which obtained in the Business SDS (ScientificDisciplinary Sector).
  • Provide evidence of your proficiency in English (at B2 level of the Common European Framework)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3076 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3076 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3076 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3076 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition fees are estimative. All students pay based on their Equivalent Financial Situation Indicator (ISEE), irrespective of the programme they enrol on.

Living costs for Bologna

750 - 1100 EUR/month
Living Costs

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


  • Study grants for international students, Unibo Action 2 : If you are an international student, you can apply for a study grant worth 11.000 € gross (assigned on the basis of the SAT and GRE tests) or an exemption from tuition fees
  • Unibo Action 1 -Tuition fee waivers for international students who wish to register for First Cycle, Second Cycle or Single Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna 
  • Other financial aid opportunities for international students 
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