M.Sc. Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies

University of Bologna

Tuition fee:
  • € 1,900 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,900 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 300 ECTS
Duration full-time: 60 months
  • Italian
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The main objective of the five-year, single cycle degree programme in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies (CTF) is to provide students with the methodological bases of scientific investigation applied to the chemical, biological, pharmacological, pharmaceutical and technological-pharmaceutical sectors. This knowledge will allow graduates to work and manage all kinds of pharmaceutical issues in the pharmaceutical industry.

The study programme particularly examines chemical (Physical chemistry and Organic chemistry), biochemical and chemical-pharmaceutical disciplines and pays particular emphasis on practical laboratory work. This multidisciplinary approach allows graduates to work in many areas of the pharmaceutical industry, including chemical (pharmaceutical design, production and control) and biomedical sectors.

The learning outcomes of the degree programme comply with the provisions of national legislation and with EC directive 85/432/EEC.

The CTF degree programme offers essential preparation for becoming a professional community- or hospital-based pharmacist or for more general career opportunities in pharmaceutical consulting, information and distribution. The single cycle CTF degree programme also provides the skills required to sit the Italian state exams to become a professional pharmacist as well as the state exams under Presidential Decree no. 328 of 05/06/2001 to register with Section A of the Professional Association of Chemists.

The above learning outcomes are achieved through:1) basic learning activities (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine) to develop a solid scientific foundation for the understanding and study of the core disciplines;

2) core learning activities (chemistry, pharmaceutical and technological, biological and pharmacological studies) offering a command of the chemical and structural features of active ingredients, pharmaceutical forms and raw materials used in medicinal formula, as well as the pharmacological bases of their mechanism of action including the pharmaco-therapeutic, toxicological and pharmacovigilance aspects;

3) learning activities focusing on the knowledge of legislative and ethical practices concerning various aspects of professional activity (commercial release of medicines, health products, medical and surgical products; pharmacoeconomics; scientific drug information; marketing; etc.);

4) related and complementary activities to complete the graduates' professional training.

Supported by the highly qualified teaching staff at the Faculty, the degree programme in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies aims to complete students' chemistry training in areas of computational medicinal chemistry and analytical methods applied to the study of drug-protein interaction. These contents distinguish the programme from other similar courses offered by other universities.

During the study programme students must choose learning activities worth at least 8 CFU from the selection suggested in the study programme or others offered at the University in order to complete their practical and professional training.

In compliance with the European Directives, students will undergo practical training during a 6-month, full-time internship (worth 30 CFU) in a public pharmacy (community pharmacy) or a hospital (hospital pharmacy), with which special agreements have been signed, under the supervision of a pharmacist-coordinator.

At the end of the study programme, students must present an experimental dissertation for the final examination. The degree programme also provides students with a solid knowledge of the English language.

All core SSDs will provide an appropriate balance of theoretical and experimental CFUs over several academic years, allowing students to acquire complete and in-depth knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical field.

During Year I, the degree programme promotes tutorials which allow students to better understand the topics studied and therefore pass the relative exams. The Degree Programme Board, together with the Faculty teaching committee, monitors the students' careers to identify and correct any critical areas, reduce the risk of drop-outs and help students to stay on schedule.


First Year

Attività Formative Obbligatorie
* English Language Test B - 1

* General Inorganic Chemistry

* Human Anatomy and Animal Biology

* Mathematics

* Plant Biology including Pharmaceutical Botany elements

* Acquisition of Computer Skills

* Organic Chemistry I

* Physics

Second Year

Attività Formative Obbligatorie
* Analysis of Medicines I

* Organic Chemistry II

* Physical Chemistry

* Analytical Chemistry

* Biochemistry Molecular Biology

* Microbiology

* Structural Characterization of Organic Compounds

Third Year

Attività Formative obbligatorie
* Applied Biochemistry

* Drug Analysis II

* Medicinal and Toxicological Chemistry I;

* Physiology

* Analysis of Medicines III

* Experimental Methodologies for the Preparation of Drugs

* General and Molecular Pathology

* General Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy

Fourth Year

Attività a scelta dello studente (min. 8 CFU) (8 - 20 CFU)
* Analytical Clinical Chemistry






Attività proposte in altri C.d.S. (min. 0 CFU) (max limit 12 CFU) * Cognitive Neurophysiology

* English Language Test B - 2

* Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Attività formative obbligatorie

* Medicinal and Toxicological Chemistry 2

* Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy

* Technology and Pharmaceutical Legislation



* Toxicology


Students wishing to enrol in the degree programme in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies must possess knowledge of: Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry, as laid down in the ministerial programmes for secondary schools.

In order to enter the course, candidates are required to sit and pass a compulsory entry test.
Despite passing the test mentioned, students who do not reach the minimum expected score are allowed to enter the course provided that they follow preparatory tutorials.

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