Pharmaceutical chemistry and technology

Single cycle Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 5 years - 300 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The degree program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology is oriented for students who would like to expand their knowledge in Biology and Chemistry and explore applications in the field of pharmaceuticals and health products. The program offers graduates the opportunity to work in laboratories, which deal with the planning, development, production and quality control of drugs. This kind of comprehensive program meets the needs of the pharmaceutical as well as the health products industry. The curriculum also provides the competency and professional training in the spheres of production, quality control and distribution of drugs, foods, cosmetics, and biomedical products. The various courses range from chemistry to biomedicine, medicine to biomedical disciplines, and enable graduates to receive accreditation as both Pharmacists and Chemists. It is also important to mention that great part of the graduates find employment within a year (only 13.6% are still seeking work one year after graduation).

Course content

The program in first instance is based on chemical, pharmaceutical, biological, technological, and legal disciplines. With the support of constructive teacher-student interaction (tutoring activities), the instructional program is aimed at consolidating knowledge of fundamental subjects (Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy), as well as related applied disciplines (Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Technology). An important aspect of this program is that the students can apply for the theoretical concepts to experimental approaches in teaching laboratories. During the fifth year, which does not provide formal instruction, the students will participate in a placement program for at least six months in a public pharmacy. In the same year, students will have to prepare a final thesis based on experiments carried out by the student under the supervision of an advisor, in a national or international university research laboratory (Erasmus program in Austria, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain or France) or in companies operating in the field (work placement).

Career options

After completing the five-year program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, graduates will be imparted with the competency required to work in the pharmaceutical industry or in the field of health products as experts in the following sectors: drug research and development in industries, public and private research centers and universities; the production of raw materials and finished pharmaceuticals; the quality control of drugs, foods, and health products. Other career opportunities for graduates, in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology comprises the patenting and registration of drugs, and the marketing and management of facilities, which produce galenic preparations and cosmetics. Once graduates obtain their accreditation, they can practice the profession of Pharmacist or Chemist. The multidisciplinary nature of the program also empowers students after their master degree to pursue doctoral studies or a specialization in related professions.

More information

Course Director
prof. Fabio Prati
dott.ssa Silvia Franchini

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences