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 one's year of enrolment is compulsory and is necessary, above all, for registering for examinations and completing the teaching evaluation questionnaires.
All current students must submit their programme of study online via the Esse3 system. The programme of study may differ depending on the academic year of enrolment ('cohort'); it may also provide for a choice between different study paths ('curriculum').
For a list of the courses that can be included in the programme of study, select the academic year of enrolment and, if available, the curriculum.

Search for the programme of study (course units)

List of courses

Presentation of the 2nd Year curricula

The course includes a first common year (based at the University of Parma) and a subsequent differentiation, in the second year, in three curricula (specialisations) dedicated respectively to:

1) mitigation / reduction of food risk through predictive methods and control of emerging risks, and minimization of contamination problems along the supply chain and the food production process (at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Piacenza in collaboration with the University of Parma);

2) risk management in production and processing companies, with particular reference to innovative methods and processes and safety assessment of end products (at Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna);

3) agro-food safety in primary production, with particular reference to the crop production sector (at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia).

Below the presentations of the three curricula.

Students' Survey

For each course unit, the student must fill in on the online ESSE3 system the corresponding student survey form before being allowed to take the exam.
The student survey form can be filled in starting from the date when 2/3 of the course unit classes have been taught. Please fill it in early! The earlier, the better, as you will have fresh in your memory the pros and cons of the course unit. Your evaluations and suggestions will be processed in an anonymous aggregated way and will be published on the University website according to our Quality Assurance Policy. Your opinion counts and helps us make a better University!

For all the information: 


How the programme of study works

The list of course units in the programme of study represents the set of training activities that can be envisaged for each of the years of which the degree course consists and changes according to the year in which the student enrols. Free or restricted-choice' subjects are optional learning activities that students may include in their programme of study according to the choice 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 educational objectives. In that case, the programme must be submitted to the Course Council for approval.

How to fill in the programme of study

The submission of the programme of study is mandatory for all students. The programme must be compiled online using the ESSE3 system. To access the ESSE3 system please use your University credentials (such as and relative password) issued at the time of enrollment.

The programme of study must be presented within the following time frame:

Start date: October 16th, 2023

Deadline: December 6th, 2023


After the deadline, changes to the programme of study are possible, but they must be introduced using the ESSE3 system ONLY within the following time frame:

Start date: January 16th, 2024

Deadline: February 14th, 2024.


Here enclose the instructions.

Compilation of the programme: instructions to all the students

Compilation of the programme: instructions to the 2nd year students - curriculum choice 

Compilation of the programme: instructions to "outside prescribed time for course completion" students

Instructions to foreing students about Italian language course

Part-time Students

A part-time student is a student enrolling in the course or in regular years of study who, for work, health or personal reasons, finds him/herself unable to devote him/herself to full-time studies.

Below are the regulations for the enrolment of part-time students and the programmes of study for part-time enrolled students in the academic year 2021-2022 and earlier years.

Regulations for enrolling part-time students 

Purchasing individual course units

Italian and foreign citizens not enrolled in courses at the university, even if they already hold a university degree, may enrol in individual course units and sit for the relevant examination, receiving regular certification, for a maximum number of 30 ECTS credits.

For enrolment procedures for individual course units, please consult the page on the University website


The possibility of enrolling in individual course units and for a maximum number of 30 ECTS credits is permitted, without prejudice to the possibility of increasing the aforementioned number of ECTS credits for justified training needs by the Course Council. 

The deadline for purchasing individual course units is: 
30 September 2024 for courses delivered in the first semester;
21 February 2025 for courses delivered in the second semester

For students enrolling in courses involving laboratory activities, it is a prerequisite to be in possession of the Safety Course Certificate issued by the University of Parma.
The purchase of single courses is in no way permitted and conceived as a tool in order to anticipate the times for enrollment in the study course, for which the requirements, methods,and conditions, as well as deadlines established annually,must be met and respected.