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This is the first Master’s  focused entirely on food and food quality and arises from the necessity to address the growing demand for highly qualified professionals able to operate in such a strategic sector of the Italian productive panorama.

The Italian food industry is the second most important manufacturing sector in the country and the agri-food sector can boast a positive performance, despite the economic crisis, thanks to the additional  bonus of the “Made in Italy brand”.

Genuineness, food safety and attention to the quality both of products and the environment are topics of  increasing pertinence in a world market unscathed by economic crisis where consumers are ever more aware and well-informed. 

Expo 2015 in Milan is evidence of the relevance of this subject.

This Master’s degree in Food Quality Management and Communication aims to develop and deepen across the board technical-specialistic notions in order to create a high level managerial profile capable of satisfying the needs of companies working in this sector, from  SMEs to major industrial groups.

The course will address aspects of a wide range of topics including  legislation in this sector, marketing and communication, nutrition,  the food supply chain, management control, food processes and technology .
The subject of quality will be examined in a specific training module managed directly by SGS Italy SpA (world leader in the field of certification ) at the end of which a Certificate of Lead Auditor in Quality Management Systems ISO 9001 will be issued. 

The training course aims to provide the skills necessary to perform QMS audits according to the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015.

SGS is a world leader in inspection, analysis, verification and certification in a number of sectors including the agri-food sector which boasts a long history dating back to 1878. An increasing awareness of the importance of  food safety and communication with the consumer makes a focus on the end-to -end supply chain paramount in order to ensure the quality of what we consume and improved business productivity. This  is why it is particularly important to properly train staff specialised in quality management system audits. In this sense this Master’s degree combines excellent university teaching with the professionalism of SGS, a useful link  with the world of work.

This Master’s degree is for first and second level graduates as well as professionals already working in this sector who wish to acquire or enhance the specific skills necessary to fulfill the role of Food Manager. 

The course is part-time to facilitate the integration of study and work. Attendance of this  Master’s  earns 60 University Credits (ECTS).

Applications must reach the Department of Economics and Management by 23rd October 2015.
In order to take part in the selection interviews, it is necessary to pre-register online via the University portal (
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Ms. Paola Santarelli, Business Manager of the Consumer Testing Services (CTS) and System and Services Certification (SSC) of SGS Italia Spa expresses the Swiss company satisfaction in taking part to the Master, “We are pleased to work together with Università di Pisa and provide our contribution in creating professionals for the food industry. Quality is a critical element in food production because it is strongly connected with consumers health, moreover, this particular industry in very important for Italy”.  Ms. Santarelli continues “For SGS, working in preparing “Food Managers” is a key element, in this way we are able to share our expertise on certifications that we got from years of activities and global presence and to support the forward looking companies that will hire the master participants. Indeed, they will have useful resources qualified for becoming Lead Auditor on Quality Management Systems as, for example, the International Standard UNI EN ISO 9001".