Course units and programme of study

The programme of study is the set of compulsory and elective course units that the student must take in order to graduate.

Submission of the programme of study for your year of enrolment is compulsory and is required, in particular, in order to register for examinations and complete the teaching evaluation questionnaires.

All current students must submit their programme of study online via the Esse3 system
The programme of study may differ according to the academic year of enrolment ('cohort'); it may also provide for a choice between different study paths ('curricula').

To see the list of course units that you can include in your programme of study, select the academic year of enrolment and, if available, the curriculum.

Search the course units of the programme of study

List of courses

How the programme of study works

The list of course units in the programme of study represents all the training activities available for each of the years of the degree course and changes according to the year in which the student enrols. "Free-choice or restricted-choice' course units are optional learning activities that students may include in their programme of study according to the selection criteria specified on this page; the remaining course units are compulsory for all students.

The programme of study must be submitted online by the student for each year using the ESSE3 system (see dedicated section).

Students are allowed to submit their own programme of study with options other than those presented on this page (and available in ESSE3), as long as it is consistent with achieving the course's learning objectives. In that case, the programme must be submitted to the Course Council for approval.

Instructions for completing the programme of study

Before filling in the programme of study in ESSE3, students are invited to read the Rules of their degree course and the instructions that are published each year at

Programme of study compilation period

The programme of study must be completed in ESSE3 during a time period that is decided each academic year and indicated at (generally from November to February); during this period the programme of study may only be completed once.

Any changes to the programme of study already submitted can be made during the spring opening period (usually March - April).


Curriculum presentation for third year 23/24 students (enrolled in the 2021/2022 academic year)

For students enrolled in the degree course in "Food system: sustainability, management and technologies" - FOOD System in the year 2021/2022 and in previous years, the study plan includes 3 different curricula, each with specific characteristics.

In the third year of the course, male and female students, at the same time as completing the study plan online, must necessarily choose the curriculum (for further information, consult the Study Plans page).


curriculum Management
• curriculum Biosciences
curriculum Food Sciences

Curriculum Management

Curriculum Biosciences

Curriculum Food Sciences

OFA, rules and prerequisites

Students who have been awarded the Additional Training Obligation (OFA) (see also the Non-selective Test page in more detail) are obliged to take the "Business Administration" examination before they can sit any examination in Year 2.

Students who have not yet cleared their OFA at the time of enrolment in the 2nd year may still enrol in the 2nd year, but until the examination has been passed, they may only sit any remaining 1st year examinations.

Those who have been allocated the OFA (even in previous years) will not be able to clear it by repeating the test in the calendar years following the year of registration, but only by passing 'Business Administration' before the 2nd year examinations.

The sequence of examinations as laid down in the syllabus is fundamental to the successful progression of the degree course. In this regard, all students enrolled in the first year of the Degree Course in ‘Food Systems: sustainability, management and technology’ (Food Systems) must meet the following prerequisites:

  • they may only sit the second-year examinations (and more generally all the educational activities, including the internship, included by the student in his/her study plan in the second year) after having passed at least three examinations of the first year;
  • they may only sit the third-year examinations (and more generally all the educational activities, including the internship, included by the student in his/her programme of study in the third year) after having passed all the examinations of the first year.

The choice of specialisation curriculum is made in the third year.