Short Specialisation Degree

MBM – Business and Management

Industry specific fragrance and cosmetic sector

Prof. Giacomo Boesso

In class and online

Application Deadline


The Master in Business and Management (MBM) delivered in partnership with European Fragrance and Cosmetics Master (EFCM) started in 2002 through an agreement between:

  • Department of Economics and Management, UniPD
  • Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, UniPD
  • ISIPCA (Institut Supérieur International du Parfum e de la Cosmétique Aromatique Alimentaire)
  • l’Universitè de Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines.

MBM is a course designed for students who do not have a previous background in business and economics. Therefore, it is ideal for students with a science degree. Other degree courses may also be taken into consideration so do get in touch with us if you hold a degree in any area outside the business field.

Objectives and learning outcomes

Our specific objectives are:

  • To provide a good solid base in business, management and marketing.
  • To prepare students for a career in the modern business world.
  • To get students in touch with the reality of the industry by combining theory with practice.
  • To provide the student with an international learning environment.

Since 2002, the MBM have welcomed students from more than 45 countries. Multiculturalism and international learning environment is one of the relevant features of the program that further contributes to professional growth of students.

Course organization

The MBM has a duration of 12 months for the students who are not part of the EFCM program. Teaching takes place from September to March, followed by a period of internship/project work lasting at least 4 monthsClasses are held approximatively from Monday to Friday. The Master ends with the elaboration and discussion of a Final Project Work (FPW), discussed around the end of September.

The MBM program is fully taught in English. MBM main modules delivered by both Italian and international professors:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management in Organizations
  • Marketing Management and Customer Behavior
  • Strategic Management of the Enterprise
  • Advanced Topics in Management
  • Operations Management
  • Business Plan

MBM Industry specific courses given by leading industry experts:

  • New Product Development in the fragrance and cosmetic industry
  • Environmental Management and Regulatory Affairs
  • Management of Operations in the fragrance and cosmetic industry

Teaching is followed by a period of internship lasting at least 4 months in Italy or abroad during which the students are required to elaborate a Final project work.

You can download the program details by filling the form provided.

Our Learning Approach

We use a variety of methodologies and activities in order to reach our objectives such as lectures, seminars, case studies, business games, visits to companies, interviews, group project, report writing and discussions, soft skill labs, etc.

We adopt an interactive approach in the classroom where students are encouraged to take an active role during the lessons. All teaching material is made available to the student prior to the start of a module. This allows students to prepare themselves before the teaching of a module start. We believe that given the intensive nature of this master course it is absolutely vital that students can have access to the course material in advance so they can make the most of each module.
Our learning approach includes the group work modality. It is important that students learn to work as a team in this environment. They are often requested to produce high quality team projects within limited amount of time. They then have to present the project in a professional manner. These activities encourage the development of certain skills that we consider of high importance and very relevant for managerial figures:

  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Our experience shows that for our graduates having acquired or developed these skills is enormously useful and a real plus when they come to face the job market environment.

Single Courses

The MBM also offers the opportunity to attend individual courses addressed not only to the University of Padova students but also to other applicants regardless of educational qualifications. At the end of each course you can take the exam and obtain the certification of the activity performed.

Modules available also in single course units:

  • Operations Management (30 h);
  • Strategic Management of the Enterprise (36 h).

This master would interest specially those companies looking for professional profiles highly competent both at technical and management levels.

Some areas that our students could be involved in: marketing management, project management, product development, product safety, science marketing, sales management, technical management, regulatory affairs, junior entrepreneur, fragrance and cosmetic press and communications, etc.

Every year we bring managers from the industry to talk to students about their own experience in their companies. Their presentations are included in the schedule of the industry specific modules (ISC). This is an important part of our Master as students find very engaging and enriching in order to be able to see directly the real day to day work experience from highly regarded professionals in the sector.
Here is a list of some of the companies we have good relationship with and come either in the classroom to give the lectures or take our students as interns.

  • L’Erbolario
  • Mavive (Merchant of Venice)
  • Mane Italy and Spain
  • Gruppo L’Oréal
  • Beauty San
  • Beghin
  • Gattefossé
  • BASF
  • Unifarco
  • Reckitt Benckiser Italia S.p.a
  • Symrise (Italy, France and Genrmany)
  • Estée Lauder
  • L’Oréal Paris
  • Symrise (France, Germany and Italy)
  • Intercos
  • Unilever
  • IFF
  • Givaudan
  • Firmenich
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Henkel
  • Jean Neil

AreaEconomics and management
Start and End DateNovember 2021 – September 2022
(teaching: September - March
Entry RequirementsFirst-cycle degree (Bachelor’s degree)
Attendance90% (required)
Tuition FeeMaster € 7,898,00

First Installment: € 5.898,00

Second Installment: € 2.000,00
Single courseMaster € 760,00
Available places: 2 for each course unit
More InfoFurther details will are available on the Selection Process Notice 21/22, on UniPD website.

Prof. Giacomo Boesso

MBM – Director

Piergiorgio Dal Santo

Luxury Marketing professor, Co-Founder LP Attitude Milano

Filippo Manucci

Senior Global Vice President, Intercos Group

Antonio Argentieri

Senior Manager & Counsellor International Affairs, L’Erbolario

Rosana Fabbiani

BPC Marketing Consultant for brand development

Monia Benvegnù

Business Development Beauty Care Solutions BASF

Marcello Bellani

Ex-studente MBM, COO di Flash Beauty Holding