Life / Single cycle Master's degree programme

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

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


Are you interested in a work dealing with health and welfare issues? Would you like to get knowledge in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, dietary-nutritional and herbal fields to help people? The degree course in Pharmacy can help you to reach these aims. This degree is indeed designed for students interested in a profession that deals specifically with health and welfare of people by providing training in the ambits of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutrition and herbal medicines. Pharmacy graduates can find a job in drug distribution and/or in health education, within approximately one year after graduation. Graduates consider their degree very useful for their work, and over 90% of them is globally satisfied of the course attended at the Department of Life Sciences (according to Almalaurea 2018 data). A solid background in pharmacology, chemistry, pharmaceutics and technology, prepares master students to collaborate closely with physicians and with health institutions in order to instruct and advise patients on the proper use of medicinal products.

Course content

The five-year degree in Pharmacy includes classroom lessons on basic subjects (physical, chemical, biological, medicinal) and in professional disciplines linked to Pharmacy, such as pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, toxicology, preparation of galenic medicinal products, and the study of regulations with respect to drug distribution and to professional and ethical responsibilities. The program also includes practical laboratory activities and seminars in collaboration with professionals in the field of Pharmacy. During the fifth year, students are required to complete a professional internship of at least six months in a public pharmacy and to prepare a thesis. As a part of the international mobility program (Erasmus), the Department of Life Sciences offers students the possibility to have an experience in various European Universities (Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, England, France, Germany, Hungary and Czech Republic). Pharmacy graduates are drug experts trained in order to guarantee the safety, quality and effectiveness of medicinal and health products.

Career options

Upon completion of the University program, students will obtain a master degree with the knowledge and skills required to distribute medications and to work in the field of health education. These skills open a wide range of career opportunities, such as pharmacists or as managers or owners of private pharmacies. After completion of the specialization in Hospital Pharmacy, the working opportunities can be extended to hospitals and to local health units (ASL). Graduates can also be employed as experts in the field of health products (including cosmetic, dietary and nutritional, herbal, medical-surgical, health etc.). Graduates can work as pharmaceutical representatives, performing the important role of presenting therapeutic innovations. Additionally, graduates can apply their knowledge to both University or non- University research laboratories and they can go ahead with a PhD program in the field of drug research.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Maria Angela Vandelli
Dott.ssa Silvia Franchini

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences