Course units and programme of study

The programme of study is the set of compulsory and elective courses 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, for registration for examinations and for completion of 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 ('curriculum').
To see the list of courses that you can include in your programme of study, select the academic year of enrolment and, if available, the curriculum.
Search for course units in the programme of study

List of courses

How to get information about the teachings (Syllabus) - How to view the dates of the appointments before filling out the plan of studies (bulletin board appointments)

The Syllabus of a teaching provides the essential information of this teaching.

Contents - Extended syllabus - Prerequisites - Reference texts - Learning objectives - Teaching methods - Methods of verifying learning.

The lecturers publish the Syllabus for each teaching.

To view the Syllabus of the teachings, it is necessary to go to the "LIST OF TEACHINGS" section of this webpage, which allows you to search for the teachings in the various years.

- Select the year of matriculation (the a.y. in which the student enrolled in the course and in which he/she then attended the 1st year - e.g., a student who enrolls in the 2nd year in 2022-2023 and wants to view the Syllabuses of the various teachings that will be offered for 2nd year students in the a.y. 2022-2023, he/she will have to select a.y. of matriculation 2021-2022 and then 2nd year of course)
- Click on "SEARCH"
- Select the course year (1st year - 2nd year - 3rd year) 

In this way you get a list of all teachings. In this list are indicated: 
Name of the teaching - No. of cfu (credits) - Name of the lecturer - Planned hours of lectures.

Click on the name of each teaching to open the page containing the relevant Syllabus.


To see the dates of the current year's appeals before filling out the study plan, open the Appeal Notice Board at the following link:

Select the time range you are interested in,
Select the Department H6,
Select the degree program (Gastronomic Sciences 3055 - Food Science and Technology 3000, Master of Food Science and Technology 5000, Master of Science in Human Nutrition 5068, Master of Science Food Safety 5064)
Select the teaching of interest

How the programme of study works

The list of courses in the programme of study represents the set of training activities that can be envisaged for each of the years of which the course of study 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 subjects 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 educational objectives. In that case, the programme must be submitted to the Course Council for approval.

Compilation of programme of study a.y. 2021-2022

The presentation of the programme of study will only concern the course units of one's own year.

  • Students in  the first year of the Second-cycle degree courses will simply have to approve and confirm the compulsory courses for their year.
  • Students in  year II of the Second-cycle degree, in addition to confirming the compulsory subjects of their year, must proceed to the selection of the free-choice ECTS credits and the type of job placement.

Any changes to the programmes submitted online can also be made via the ESSE3 system from 07/03/2022 to 08/04/2022
t is emphasised that the submission of the programme of study online is compulsory and preparatory to subsequent career activities or acts (including: electronic student file, registration for exams, mark registration, student opinion survey).
Only programme of study that comply with the teaching regulations can be submitted online and will be automatically approved.

Exceptions to online plan submission The following categories of students must submit their study plan in the traditional paper format during the time windows indicated above:

  • students who wish to submit a study plan that differs from the conditions proposed by the Esse3 system; out-of-course students who wish to change their study plan.

All requests relating to the modification of one's study plan must be submitted to the Course Council via the relevant Student Secretariats within the time windows indicated above; after approval by the Course Council, the individual study plan will be uploaded by the Student Secretariat into the Esse3 system in order to allow it to be viewed and to allow exams to be booked"

Optional course units offered in the Food Area in the a.y. 2021-2022

By clicking on the name of the course unit in the pdf file, you can access the Syllabus of the course unit itself, which provides information on: learning objectives - prerequisites - teaching content - bibliography - teaching methods - methods for assessing learning

Students on degree course Second-cycle Food Science and Technology- can freely choose from all the Food Area elective courses (unless otherwise specified for individual subjects).


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
Part-time programme of study a.y. 2021-2022
Part-time programme of study a.y. 2020-2021
Part-time programme of study a.y. 2019-2020
Part-time programme of study a.y. 2018-2019
Part-time programme of study a.y. 2017-2018
Part-time programme of study a.y. 2016-2017
Part-time programme of study a.y. 2015-2016


Security Course 2021-2022

Attached are instructions for the online course on safety in the workplace for students enrolled in the a.y. 2021-2022.
Students are required to attend a safety training course, accessible from 20 NOVEMBER 2021 on the online Elly safety platform -
Completion of the above-mentioned Safety Course does not give rise to any recognition of ECTS credits in one's career. Students coming from courses of study at the University of Parma who have already completed the aforementioned training course at UniPR during their previous careers are exempt from the safety course in question.
The deadline for completion of the Safety Course is 31 January 2022.
The course consists of 3 modules: the first referring to general training, the second and third to more specific training.
LOGIN: you can access the course from 20 November 2021 by logging in (on the top left of the page) with your University credentials. If on 20 November 2021 you have not yet completed the enrolment process and do not have standard University credentials (username: + password) for login, you can use guest-type credentials (obtained by upgrading numeric credentials to guest-type credentials). For information on how to obtain guest credentials, please refer to the guide: 4_2021_Login-at-Teams-and-Elly-pages-for-students-.pdf ( on page 4 If the login fails and the message 'You cannot register for the course' appears. You should then send an e-mail to the tutors: and in which you indicate that you are unable to register for the security course. The tutors will enrol you manually in the course or, in case of technical problems, forward your report to:
COURSE INFORMATION: After logging in, you must select: SAFETY COURSES FOR STUDENTS / DEPARTMENT - SAF: Department of Food and Drug This allows you to access the 3 modules into which the safety course is divided. Each module is divided into teaching units available in the form of: - film with slides; - handout (pdf) to support learning. In order to complete the course, it is necessary to view all teaching units in full and pass, with a percentage of at least 70% correct answers, the intermediate verification steps. These consist of multiple-choice questions, only one of which is correct. The path is obligatory: to access the next unit, it is necessary to have completed the previous one (Attention: interrupting the film before the end is equivalent to not having watched it). Only after completing a unit or passing a test will the link to the next one become visible.
At the end of each module, the relevant pdf certificate must be downloaded and retained.
The teacher responsible for the laboratory exercises in your training course (programme of study) will require you to show certificates of completion of the safety course before the start of the exercises. In the absence of these certificates, access to the workshops will not be allowed.
VALIDATION OF ANY SAFETY CERTIFICATES ALREADY HELD BY THE STUDENT. It is possible to be exempted from MODULE 1 (General safety training) if a general safety training certificate obtained externally by the student and already held by the student is validated. In order to be validated (and thus to be exempt from the 1st module), this general safety training certificate must meet certain criteria (date, training provider, duration, content, etc.). The facsimile identifies the minimum contents that the certificates must have, plus it specifies that: 
- the reference legislation must contain at least Legislative Decree 81/2008 and the State-Regions Agreement of 21/12/2011 and 25/07/2012;
- the total number of hours must be greater than or equal to 4;
- the course must have been held no more than 5 years The signature of the course organiser is mandatory, the name is not sufficient.

Regardless of the certificates held, it is ONLY possible to be exempted from carrying out MODULE 1; no certificate can be exempted from the other modules as they are Specific Training for our University. Only those who have taken the safety course at UNIMORE University are also exempt from Module 3, as it has the same contents (the module was realised in collaboration with UNIMORE). In order to be exempt from the 1st module, students must send the certificates of general safety training obtained in previous safety training courses to the TUTORS and, who will communicate any exemption from the 1st Module (or from Modules 1 and 3 for courses held at UNIMORE) PROBLEMS OF A TECHNICAL NATURE In the event of problems of a technical nature (e.g. videos cannot be viewed or you are unable to move on to the next unit) please notify the tutors: and who will check the nature of the problem and possibly forward the report to:

Student Opinion Survey Questionnaire (OPIS)

The survey of students' opinions concerning teaching is implemented by means of the 'Student Opinion Survey Questionnaires (OPIS)' and is an indispensable element in enabling the improvement of teaching, quality and organisation of study courses.
A 90-minute information video is available at This video provides information of interest to all students.
The Questionnaire should be completed by the student at the end of the lecture cycle of each course unit.
For students who have not previously taken the assessment, the ESSE3 IT system requires mandatory completion of the questionnaires when registering for the examination.
For more in-depth information click HERE

Purchasing individual course units

GENERAL RULES 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

PURCHASE OF SINGLE COURSE UNITS FOR THE SECOND-CYCLE DEGREE COURSE IN FOOD SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES - A.Y. 2022-2023 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 2022 for courses delivered in the first semester and 24 February 2023 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.