Life / Single cycle Master's degree programme

General information for the a.y. 2022-2023

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
Call for Application / Short list Bando di ammissione al Corso di Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico in FARMACIA - (classe LM-13). ANNO ACCADEMICO 2022/2023


Are you interested in a profession that deals specifically with personal health and well-being issues? Would you like to have a training in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, dietetics, food and herbal medicine to serve the citizens? The single-cycle Master's Degree in Pharmacy could help you fulfil these aspirations. This degree programme aims to train experts in drugs and health products (cosmetics, dietetic and nutritional products, herbal medicines, medical-surgical aids, healthcare products). These skills open up a range of job opportunities. Graduates in Pharmacy find a job mainly as pharmacist in public or private pharmacies or, after obtaining a specialization in Hospital Pharmacy, in hospitals and local health authority facilities (AUSL). With a solid background in pharmacology, chemistry, pharmaceutical technology and regulations, graduates in Pharmacy work actively with doctors and healthcare facilities in guiding patients to use drugs correctly. Graduates in pharmacy will also be able to apply their skills in the field of healthcare information and training or production and trade of drugs and healthcare products. Graduates in pharmacy find employment within approximately one year after graduation (89%, AlmaLaurea 2021 data). In their opinion, their degree is very effective for their job, and 100% of graduates, one year following graduation, are overall satisfied with the Department of Life Sciences degree programme (AlmaLaurea 2021 data).

Course content

The single-cycle Master's Degree Course in Pharmacy provides lectures both in basic subjects (physics, chemistry, biology, medicine) and in subjects that are distinctive of the future profession of pharmacist, such as pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, toxicology, the preparation of galenic medicines, the study of laws related to the distribution of medicines, as well as professional and ethical responsibilities. Classroom lectures are integrated with practical workshops and seminars carried out in collaboration with the world of work. The fifth year includes a compulsory internship of at least six months in an affiliated pharmacy, and the preparation of the thesis. The Degree Programme also gives students the opportunity to carry out internships in various European universities (Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, England, France, Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic).

Career options

At the end of the university, students will graduate having acquired specific skills in the field of distribution of medicines and health products, services in pharmacy and health education. These skills open up a range of job opportunities as associate pharmacist, manager or owner in a private pharmacy or a parapharmacy and after obtaining the specialisation in Hospital Pharmacy at the hospitals and territorial structures of the local health authorities (ASL). Master's Graduates in Pharmacy can also apply their knowledge in the field of professional drug information, playing a primary role in the presentation of therapeutic innovations as medical sales representatives. Master's graduates in Pharmacy may work as healthcare products and drugs experts (cosmetics, dietetic and nutritional products, herbal products, medical-surgical aids, healthcare products, etc.), both in the production and intermediate distribution fields.

More information

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

The course is managed by the Department of Life Sciences