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 Pharmacy is designed for students interested in a profession that deals specifically with the health and welfare of individuals by providing training in the sectors of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutrition, and herbal medicine. Pharmacy graduates find employment in the dispensing of drugs, and / or in health education, within approximately one year after graduating. A solid grounding in Pharmacology, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, and Technology, prepares master students to collaborate closely with physicians in health institutions in order to instruct and advise patients on the proper use of medicinal products.

Course content

The five-year program in Pharmacy which includes classroom instruction in basic core subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine) and in specialized disciplines linked to Pharmacy, such as Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Toxicology, the Preparation of Galenic Medicinal Products, and the study of Law with respect to drug dispensing and to professional and ethical responsibilities. The program also includes practical laboratory activities and seminars conducted in collaboration with professionals in the field of pharmacy. During the fifth year, in which there is no formal instruction, students are required to complete a professional internship of at least six months in a public pharmacy and to prepare a thesis, in order to be awarded a degree in Pharmacy. As part of the international mobility program (Erasmus), the Department of Life Sciences offers students in their final year the possibility to have a working experience in various EU universities (Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, England, France, Germany, Hungary and Czech republic), generally focused on the preparing the final thesis. Pharmacy graduates are drug experts trained in guaranteeing 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 dispense medications and to work in the field of health education. These competencies open a wide range of career opportunities such as collaborating pharmacists or as managers or owners of private pharmacies. After completing the specialization in Hospital Pharmacy, graduates are also qualified to work in hospitals or for local health units (ASL) and can also be employed as experts in the field of health products (cosmetic, dietary and nutritional, herbal, medical- surgical, health articles, etc.), or work as pharmaceutical sales representatives, performing the important role of presenting therapeutic innovations. Additionally, graduates can apply their knowledge to university or non-university research laboratories and can continue doctoral studies in the field of drug research.

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

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences