Designed to prepare future food industry professionals to be key figures for the business development strategy of any food-related company.

They are skilled in food culture and able to market, communicate and develop high-quality products while working in F&B management, product selection, communication or corporate social responsibility.

Four macro themes will be explored during the program: the concept of high quality, food communication, sustainability and marketing.

Classes, tastings, visits and study trips plus meetings led by renowned international food critics.

Group: maximum 25 students
Attendance: obligatory at 80% of total hours
Language of program: English

Program direction: Prof. Michele A. Fino

Application deadline
6 November, 2018

Ranking list publication date
In order to finalize the admission evaluations, due to the high number of applications, the list of accepted candidates will be posted here on our website on Thursday, November 15, 2018 before 18:00 CET (Central European Time)

Start date: 23 January, 2019

For more information, please contact the Registrar Office at

Three areas will be explored during the Master program:

I – High-Quality Products
Students explore a contemporary definition of quality, through classes, tastings and meetings with Italian and international personalities who represent remarkable cases of quality food production and food criticism.

II – Communication & Sustainability
Students learn how to communicate and articulate a contemporary storytelling approach to sustainable food through case studies, workshops and meetings with professionals working in innovative food communication.

III – Marketing
Students are introduced to business strategy and the marketing of high-quality food in addition to the social implications of food consumption through workshops and case studies that portray innovative and sustainable business models.

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UNISG Study Trips are a unique opportunity for our students to investigate the complexity of current food systems in the world by integrating theoretical concepts from the classroom with direct and practical experience in the field.

An integral part of each master program are the three territorial study trips (one in Italy, one in Europe, and the last overseas), designed to allow our students to discover a wide variety of local products and reflect on how they connect to their environmental, economic, and social context.

This is the 360° learning experience: gastronomy defined not only by the flavour, nutritional value, and molecular composition of food, but also an understanding from a socio-cultural, anthropological, and economic perspective derived from their experience in the field.  These trips focus on the various phases of food production, from the raw material to the final distribution and communication strategies, of both artisanal and industrial products.

The organization of and planning of the didactic content and travel logistics is managed by the staff of the Tutor Office, who also accompany the students during the trip.

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The Career Center supports students by helping them design their career project through the “Cultivating Your Career” program, structured around collective workshops and individual coaching.

Two Career Days per year (one international and one Italian) are organized by the Career Center to help students:

  • seek potential internship and job positions
  • start developing their own network of contacts
  • gain a better understanding of different professional sectors to start or continue their career
  • discover what UNISG gastronomes do once they graduate

Finally, students and graduates have access to the Career Center website where they can find job ads (up to 250 per year) news, contacts and updates.

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The university fee for the Master program in Food Culture, Communication & Marketing is €16,500.
The fee includes:

  • all academic activities, including conferences, tastings, and seminars;
  • study material (in digital format);
  • all study trip expenses as programmed, including travel, food and lodging;
  • participation in all UNISG and Slow Food events as included in the Master program;
  • civil insurance coverage (during academic activities);
  • private insurance policy covering urgent healthcare for non-European students;
  • 4000 credits on your lunch cards to be used at UNISG Academic Tables (corresponds to €400), learn more >
  • access to Career Center services (food sector job placement).

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Note: Fees do not include  accommodation and the cost of obtaining an Italian permit of stay (“permesso di soggiorno”, around €150). Non-EU citizens must apply for a permesso di soggiorno at the post office, ideally with the assistance of the Al Elka Foreigner Services Center, within 8 working days after arriving in Italy. For more information, please see the Bureaucratic Procedures page on our website.

> an undergraduate or first-level degree
> proficiency in written and spoken English

Important Information

Students from all countries are eligible to apply. Note that diplomas issued from non EU-accredited institutions must be accompanied by an Italian consular accreditation (the “Dichiarazione di Valore” or “DV”) as part of the admission process, which candidates must obtain and submit to the Registrar Office. The original DV must be handed in to the Registrar Office no later than the first day of the program and will be kept by the university for the duration of the program. (The consulate may choose to send the document directly to UNISG.) The application to UNISG must be completed through an Italian consular representative. Applicants should contact their local Italian consulate as early as possible to ensure adequate time for all consular processes. For more information, please see the Bureaucratic Procedures page on our website.

In order to apply to the Master in Food Culture, Communication & Marketing, candidates must:

  • register online;
  • ​obtain a positive evaluation of their Dossier

The University of Gastronomic Sciences does not have an early admissions process. However, in some cases, and for justifiable reasons, it is possible to request an individual early admission by writing to and the Program Director.

Please explain your situation and attach supporting documentation. An early admission request can only be submitted after the first deadline.

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