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Life / Single cycle Master's degree programme
Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology

General information for the a.y. 2024-2025

Disciplinary areaLife
Duration 5 years - 300 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations
Call for Application / Short list Call for applications to English courses


Do you think science subjects are fascinating? Would you like to deepen and apply your knowledge of biology and chemistry to the world of pharmaceuticals and health products? Would you like to become a scientist in a laboratory for the design, development, production and control of drugs? The single-cycle Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology (CTF) offers you these opportunities. Through a well-articulated path that focuses attention on the needs of the pharmaceutical industry and health products, the Degree Programme provides skills and professionalism in the field of production, quality control and distribution of drugs, food, cosmetics, medical devices and biomedical products in general. The employment rate one year after graduation (AlmaLaurea Survey 2022) is very high (89%), on average, over the years, the value has always been close to 80%, even during the pandemic. In addition, more than 80 per cent of those in employment rated their degree as very effective in their work, reflecting their satisfaction with the training offered by the degree programme.

Programme contents

The single-cycle Master's degree programme in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology focuses mainly on chemical, pharmaceutical, biological, technological and regulatory disciplines. The teaching programme is therefore initially aimed at providing a solid knowledge of basic subjects (Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology...) and then focuses on professional subjects (Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Technology...). The programme strength is the opportunity to test the theoretical knowledge acquired through exercises in the teaching laboratories (also single-seat workshops). During the fifth year, students undertake an internship of at least six months in a partner pharmacy. During the same year, they can focus on their degree thesis; this experience can be carried out in a university research laboratory at home or abroad (Erasmus programme in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, France, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, and Austria) or in Italian or foreign companies.

Job opportunities

At the end of the 5-year training programme, graduates in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology are skilled to work electively in the pharmaceutical and health products industry. In particular, the master's degree prepares students for the following professional activities: expert in drug research and development in the industry, in public and private research centres, in universities; expert in the production of raw materials and finished pharmaceutical forms; expert in quality control of drugs, food, health products. Other areas of interest for master's graduates in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology are patenting and registration of drugs, marketing and workshop management for the production of galenics and cosmetics. Master's graduates in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology and can work as a pharmacist.

More information

Course Director:
prof.ssa Barbara Ruozi
tel. 059 205 8562
Tutoring delegate:
dott.ssa Silvia Franchini
tel. 059 205 8582

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences