Courses and Lecturers








Plant developmental biology


Lara Reale



Experimental methods in agriculture


Andrea Onofri



Biometrical genetics

Quantitative genetics

Luigi Russi

Genomic analysis and principles of bioinformatics

Gianpiero Marconi



Biodiversity and plant evolution


Egizia Falistocco



Applied microbiology

Environmental microbiology

Benedetta Turchetti

Industrial microbiology

Pietro Buzzini



Advanced breeding

Advanced plant breeding

Daniele Rosellini

Advanced animal breeding

Francesca Maria Sarti



Agricultural chemistry


Giovanni Gigliotti - Claudia Zadra



Biotechnologies applied to the plant nursery productions


Maurizio Micheli



Biotechnologies for plant health

Insect biotecnology

Eric Conti

Molecular plant pathology

Chiaraluce Moretti



Biotechnologies applied to crop and  seed production


Paolo Benincasa



Economics of biotechnology


Bianca Maria Torquati

Knowledge and understanding

The graduates will acquire specific knowledge and skills in biology, agricultural chemistry, biometrical genetics, genomics, experimental methods, biotechnologies for crop production and protection; in plant, animal and microbial genetic improvement, in conservation of biodiversity, and bio-economics.

 Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

The graduates will acquire the skills to identify, localize, obtain and analyze the data necessary to conduct research and to plan actions in the field of agricultural and environmental biotechnology. In particular, through the use of appropriate methods and techniques learned during the practical trainings, they will be able to communicate in English, use information technology tools in biotechnology, plan and develop biotechnological projects, use analysis methods and interpret the results, plan and develop genetic improvement methods, apply advanced biotechnology for the protection of crops and agro-industrial products, develop techniques for identifying and study the impact of GMOs, manage the coexistence between biotech, conventional and organic crops, alleviate pollution problems and environmental remediation through the use of microbial techniques, manage research projects, quality systems, carry out risk assessment, develop, manage and evaluate fundamental, pre-competitive and industrial development research projects in the field of agricultural biotechnology.

Judgment autonomy

The graduates will be able to integrate their knowledge and manage the complexity of sustainable agricultural development processes. They will acquire autonomy in judging the reliability of information and make critical decisions for problem solving. The graduates will also be able to focus on the social responsibility of organizations and technologies. These skills will be stimulated by all the coordinated didactic activities and specific seminars. Monitoring the achievement of learning outcomes in terms of judgment autonomy takes place during the exams of the individual courses and especially during the final exam.

Communication skills

The graduates will have the ability to communicate information, ideas and solutions to problems with specialists and non-specialists, nationally and internationally, through correct written and oral forms, clearly and with appropriate language. They will be able to use the main information and communication tools in their professional activity. They will have acquired the communication and relational skills to be able to work in a team, to know how to manage or coordinate other people in decision-making and negotiation processes. Such skills will be favored by specific seminars and supported with the preparation of reports during specific courses. The assessment of the achievement of communication abilities takes place during the assessments of individual courses and especially of the final exam.

Learning ability

The Graduates will have the skills and the autonomy level for attending the third level of the University education (PhD) and updating knowledge and skills necessary for the profession.

Final dissertation

The final test consists in the presentation and discussion of a dissertation to a Committee composed of professors and appointed by the Rector. In order to be admitted to the discussion the student must have acquired 104 credits. The evaluation criteria are reported in the Didactic Regulations. The Committee will evaluate the final test (16 credits), and afterwards assign the final marks of the MSc on a 110 basis, taking into account the entire curriculum of thecandidate.

Foreign language learning

To improve the language skills, the student can take advantage of the opportunities offered by the University Language Center. All information at the link


The student must carry out a Practical Training Internship (TPA, 6 CFU, on 150 hours) at institutions or companies affiliated with the DSA3. Internships in Departmental laboratories can be allowed upon a motivated request. Insurance coverage during internships is provided for by the University. The internship requires the identification of a university tutor and a tutor at hosting institution.
Over 200 companies are currently affiliated with the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences and ready to host students. At the end of the TPA the student must write a final report that will be evaluated by the university tutor.


Francesco Prosperi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Andrea Tirimagni, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For internships abroad: Luigi Russi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Study abroad

Contact: Luigi Russi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students of the University of Perugia have the opportunities to spend a study period at a foreign institution within the Erasmus mobility and Extra EU opportunities.

Erasmus + for Studies

The European Erasmus + program allows students to carry out educational activities at foreign universities. The  study period can span from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 12 months. Every year,  generally in February, the University calls for applications for a total of over 400 European and over 800 scholarships.

Erasmus + for Traineeship

The Erasmus + traineeship allows an internship period in any university, company, or organization based in a country participating in the Program. Every year the University issues a call for the selection of students admitted to European funding. The announcement generally comes out in June. If the internship is carried out within the course of study, it allows to acquire credits (CFUs). If the internship is carried out after graduation, it is necessary that the application is submitted before graduation.

Extra-EU opportunities

The University of Perugia has over 100 Cultural Agreements with institutions around the world. Every year, generally in April, the University issues a call for the selection of students.

Job Placement

DSA3 has activated a Department Job Placement service (JP-DSA3), part of the University Job Placement service which has the objectives to improve the effectiveness of student services, improve the effectiveness of business services, and create a community among DSA3 graduates. The service manages a mailing list of graduates a curricula database, organizes meetings to match job demand and offer, promote a network among graduates.