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The MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences offers an advanced research-based education which qualifies directly for the Swiss Federal Diploma in Pharmacy. Graduates may work as responsible pharmacist in a community or hospital pharmacy, in a leading position or as Qualified Person in the pharmaceutical industry, or ensuring safe drug use in governmental agencies.
The first two semesters are divided into core subjects (14 credits), electives (4 credits), a research project (10 credits) and the 22-week Master´s thesis.
The professional training takes place in the 3rd and 4th semester. During an internship (approx. 20 weeks), students are trained in a community pharmacy. Another 10 weeks of internship may be done in a community or hospital pharmacy. During the internship preparatory and intermediate courses (in German) must be attended. The internship is completed by the Federal examination for registered pharmacists.
Full-time students, for whom the programme is designed, complete their studies in 2 years. The total number of 90 credits necessary to obtain the Master degree must be acquired within 4 years. For each category a specific number of credit points must be reached.
Compulsory subjects: 14 credit points
4 lecture courses and the Drug Seminar are obligatory. 11 credits must be obtained in this category, 3 credits can be compensated, but only after an examination has been failed twice.
Optional subjects: 4 credit points
These subjects include a broad spectrum of advanced topics in pharmaceutical sciences, as well as topics from related areas.
3 credit points of the compulsory subjects can be compensated, but only after an examination has been failed twice. For this category the same courses are eligible as for the optional courses. In addition, the Department publishes a list of courses offered in this category. Other courses need to be authorized by the Director of Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Research Project: 10 credit points
Students have to do one Research Project under the guidance of an elected professor in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences (the Director of Studies can grant exemptions). The Institute publishes a list with contacts where the students can apply for a project. An agreement must be signed and deposed at the Student Administration Office.
Electives in humanities, social and political sciences (GESS): 2 credit points
All students must collect credits in courses offered by the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences.
Master Thesis: 30 credit points
The Master Thesis is carried out in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences under the supervision of an elected professor (the Director of Studies can grant exemptions). It lasts 22 weeks. The research topic is chosen by the student in accord with the respective professor. The Institute publishes a list with contacts where the students can apply for a project. An agreement must be signed and deposited at the Student Administration Office.
For admission to the Master Thesis, the Bachelor degree has to be completed as well as the Research Project.
It is not possible to start with the courses of the second year before completion of the first year. All 60 credits must be achieved.
For the second year and the preparation for the Swiss Federal Examination in Pharmacy, a special booklet is distributed to the participants.
Compulsory Block Courses: 18 credit points
In these courses, students are prepared for the practical work as pharmacists, as well as for the federal examination.
Internship, Case Study, 6 credit points
During the internship of at least 25 weeks, students are trained in a community pharmacy. They learn about the complexities of a community pharmacy and translate their theoretical knowledge to real-life situations. A part of the internship may be done in a hospital pharmacy. During the internship, students also compose a report on a case study, which is assessed.
Elective Block Courses: 6 credit points
According to their individual interests, students choose from different optional subjects.
Compensatory Block Courses: 6 credit points
Either Applied Pharmacology or Basics of Practical Pharmacy can be compensated, if the examination is failed twice. This category comprises the same courses that are also eligible as optional block courses.
The equivalent of an ETH Bachelors degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. See for details.
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