The University of Naples was established in 1224 and it remains one of the world’s oldest universities to be founded by a head of state after Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily, decided to create an educational institution that was not significantly influenced by the Pope. However, it was not until 1987 that the university was renamed Federico II, an acknowledgement of its founder.

Today the university consists of three semi-independent divisions – the Division of Science and Technology, the Division of Life Sciences and the Division of Social and Human Sciences – which are responsible for the research and teaching of 13 schools and 82 different departments. Over the years the University of Naples has had several venues but today there are three major campuses, one in central Naples, one in the Fuorigrotta district in the west and one on the hill of Camaldoli in the north, with the latter also hosting the School of Medicine.

In the long history of the University of Naples Federico II there have been some very influential alumni, including philosopher and theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas who not only studied but later taught at the university. Other notable alumni include former Italian presidents Giovanni Leone, Enrico De Nicola and Giorgio Napolitano, Estee Lauder CEO Fabrizio Freda and astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Luca Parmitano.

Course work in this area is intended to provide advanced education in specific branches of food science.
The program provides a variety of research opportunities in the field of food science.
Research projects may include different opportunities focusing on (but not limited to) the following possible topics:

• food technology;
• food microbiology;
• food chemistry and biochemistry;
• food preservation and safety;
• sensory analysis and consumer science;
• modelling, design and innovation;
• nutrition and health;
• microbiome studies;
• bio-active compounds;
• functional foods;
• genetics and genomics applied to food;
• food supply chain management and food authenticity;
• global markets and trades;

The program will have no limits on the type of food commodities and may include any type of food and beverage.

For general enquiries about the admission procedure please write an email to the PhD Office of the University at:

Admission procedures:

How to apply:

Deadline: 19/07/2022 at 12.00 (noon, Central Europe Summer Time)

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