Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

Sustainable food systems

European Double Degree Programme


Campus: Cremona, Italy (Semester 1 and 2) | Lyon, France (Semester 3) | Master's thesis: Cremona, Italy or Lyon, France (Semester 4)

School: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Intake: September 2024

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: English

Degree awarded: Laurea Magistrale in: Food processing, Innovation and Tradition (Issued by Università Cattolica) | Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (Issued by ISARA Lyon)

Total ECTS: 120

Semester 1 Cremona, Italy Università Cattolica

  • Seminar on theological issues
  • Food microbiology for food production - 6 ECTS
  • Biochemistry of food - 4 ECTS
  • Food supply chain management - 5 ECTS
  • Economic impact of agricultural and food regulation - 5 ECTS
  • Food footprint: the environmental impact of the agro food chain - 5 ECTS
  • Introduction to sustainability of the food system - 5 ECTS

Semester 2 Cremona, Italy Università Cattolica

  • Food technology and plants - 10 ECTS
  • Food quality assurance and international certifications - 5 ECTS
  • Digital data processing - 5 ECTS
  • Law and regulation in food value chains - 5 ECTS
  • Food risk analysis and management - 5 ECTS

Semester 3 Lyon, France ISARA

This is a comprehensive applied semester enabling students to incorporate transversal and soft skills. They will include group works in strong cooperation with partner industries.

The semester is made of three parts:

  • Entrepreneurship and sustainable development in food industries - 12 ECTS
  • Food processing and managerial innovation  - 12 ECTS
  • Core project  - 6 ECTS

Semester 4

The Master’s thesis that will be discussed at ISARA, is to be carried out under supervision of either ISARA or Università Cattolica and can also be conducted along an internship in a food organisation or food companies.

The thesis is composed of:

  • A written component (70% of the final grade)
  • An oral examination (Viva) of the duration of 1 hour (30% of the final grade)
With a strong basis in sustainable food production and an in-ternational profile, graduates of this programme enjoy a wide range of career opportunities globally, and are well placed to obtain managerial positions in SME’s in the food industry, in fields such as: 
  • Supply chain
  • Quality and safety
  • Production and processes
  • Sustainable development
  • Food system innovation
Ideal candidates have an academic background in food science, agricultural science, nutritional sciences. Students with an economic and social science background must prove a min. of 60 credits in agricultural science, food science or nutrition.