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  • Foreign: $ 2.1k / Year
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    The five-year, single cycle degree programme in Pharmacy aims principally to provide the scientific foundations required to exercise the pharmacist profession, or to work in the healthcare field as a pharmaceuticals and healthcare products expert (cosmetics, dietary and nutritional products, herbal remedies, medical-surgical products, sanitary items, etc.).

    The aim of the programme is also to train skilled professionals who are able to: a) work as healthcare education officers in institutional campaigns managed in cooperation with the local authorities in different health fields; b) dispense drugs, competently providing information, instructions, warnings and advice to patients, monitoring both before and after their use; play a crucial role in the connection between patient, doctor and the public health service. Finally, graduates in Pharmacy will possess the knowledge and learning skills required to continue studies within Pharmaceuticals specialisation schools, PhD and 2nd level Master's Degree programmes.

    The learning outcomes of the degree programme comply with the provisions of national legislation and with EC directive 85/432/EEC. Pharmacists are authorised to exercise the following professional activities: procurement, preservation and dispensation of pharmaceuticals, galenical preparations, quality control, pharmacovigilance, healthcare promotion, health education, information concerning drugs and medical devices, monitoring and analysis of the consumption/costs of drugs and medical devices (hospital pharmacist), audits on narcotic drug management (hospital pharmacist), pharmaco-epidemiology (hospital and community pharmacist). Among other activities, the community pharmacist collaborates in the monitoring of pharmaceutical expenditure, vigilance on distribution, direct distribution programming and the correct administrative management of pharmacies.

    The learning outcomes of this degree programme have taken into due consideration the new professional functions laid down at national and EU level and have been drawn up in consultation with the relative stakeholders. Community pharmacist: integrated home care, basic medical tests and services, healthcare assistance, the appropriate use of medicines, continuity of drug dispensation in the case of repeat treatments, information and education in the correct use of drugs. Consultant pharmacist: drug information for healthcare workers and the population, development of pharmacovigilance, monitoring and management of experimental drugs.
    To achieve the above learning outcomes, in compliance with Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270/2004, the Pharmacy curriculum is designed to provide students with progressive learning, starting from the basic subjects and following with specific subjects and an appropriate period of internship. In this way students follow a gradual and constant learning curve of multidisciplinary knowledge useful for the pharmacy profession. In the first two years of the programme students acquire notions of mathematics, physics and computing, as well as appropriate knowledge of: general, inorganic and organic chemistry; the basic notions of analytical chemistry and drug analysis; animal and plant cells; morphology of the human body in anatomical and medical terms; elements of microbiology; biochemistry and molecular biology. In the following three years, students continue with specialist learning in: physiology of human relationships and plant life; notions of etiopathogenesis and the physiopathology of human disease, with knowledge of medical terminology; notions of hygiene; pharmaceutical chemistry in the main drug classes; medicinal plants and their pharmacologically active ingredients, completed by notions of phytotherapy and complementary therapies; pharmacology, pharmacotherapy and toxicology, in order to offer full knowledge of pharmaceuticals; pharmacovigilance; diagnostic and other health products and their relative quality control; chemical analysis of drugs, also with complex matrices; raw materials used in drug formulation; basic modern notions of pharmaceutical technology; preparation of various pharmaceutical forms and relative quality control; legal requirements and ethical codes used in the profession.

    The degree programme run by the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Bologna aims to provide particular course contents that distinguish it from similar programmes running at other universities. This is the result of the consultation with stakeholders and the specific teaching and scientific skills of the professors running the two degree programmes from the Bologna and Rimini campuses. The contents include: the study of the innovative aspects of pharmacotherapy, pharmacovigilance, phytotherapy and complementary therapies.

    Finally, the Bologna degree programme in Pharmacy also includes course units to develop knowledge of dietary products, pharmacy management and relational skills, as well as oral and written knowledge of the English language. To complete the programme, students shall acquire at least 12 CFU from autonomously chosen learning activities suggested within the study programme or run at the University in order to complete their practical and professional training. The degree programme also offers students the chance to apply their multidisciplinary skills acquired during the programme in a full-time internship for a period of at least six months in a pharmacy open to the public (community pharmacy) or in a hospital (hospital pharmacy), with which specific agreements have been signed, under the supervision of a pharmacist-coordinator. At the end of the
    study programme, students must pass the final examination, which involves the presentation of a compilatory, practical/professional or experimental dissertation.

    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
    * Animal Biology

    * English Proficiency B1

    * Human Anatomy

    * Mathematics

    * Acquisition of Computer skills

    * General Inorganic Chemistry

    * Physics

    * Plant Biology, Pharmaceutical Botany (Integrated Course)

    * 00073 Pharmaceutical Botany

    * 12818 Plant Biology

    Attività scelte dallo Studente (Min. 4 CFU) (4 - 99 CFU)
    The credits in this category must be achieved freely choosing from among one of the courses organised by the University of Bologna for at least the minimum credits indicated. We recommend that the credits be achieved through educational activities at the faculty. Tests with positive outcomes related to course units with the same name or the same content deducible from the programmes cannot be taken twice. * English Proficiency B2

    * First Aid

    Second Year

    Attività Formative Obbligatorie
    * Microbiology

    * Organic Chemistry

    * Analysis of Medicines I

    * Biochemistry

    * Analytical Chemistry

    Third Year

    Attività Formative Obbligatorie
    * Applied Biochemistry

    * Drug Analysis II

    * General Physiology

    * Hygiene

    * General Pathology and Physiopathology

    * Medicinal and Toxicological Chemistry I;

    * Pharmacognosy

    * Special Methodologies in Pharmaceutical Analysis

    Fourth Year

    Attività a libera scelta dello studente (min. 8 CFU) (8 - 25 CFU)
    * Acquisition of Management and Computer Skills in Pharmacy

    * Function and Management of Hospital Pharmacists

    * First Aid

    Attività proposte in altri C.d.S. (max limit 15 CFU) * Skin Diseases

    * English Proficiency B2


    Attività Formative Obbligatorie

    * 02715 Nutritional Physiology

    * 13952 Nutritional Biochemistry

    * Technology, Socio-economics and Pharmaceutical Legislation I

    * Medicinal and Toxicological Chemistry 2


    * Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy

    Fifth Year

    Attività Formative Obbligatorie
    * Acquisition of Management and Relational Skills - Not available for the year2013/2014

    * Final Examination LM - Not available for the year2013/2014

    * TECNOLOGIA E LEGISLAZIONE FARMACEUTICHE II - Not available for the year2013/2014

    * Toxicology - Not available for the year2013/2014

    * Internship LM - Not available for the year2013/2014


    Students wishing to enrol in the degree programme in Pharmacy 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. Any additional learning requirements will be fulfilled in the methods described in the degree programme teaching regulations.

    The University of Bologna offers Unibo Action 2 study grants to deserving international students, who wish to register for Single Cycle Degree Programmes in A.Y. 2014/2015. The grants, worth 11,000 gross, are assigned on the basis of the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) test scores. Read the full information on the requirements and the application procedure in the call for applications, available on the website the University of Bologna. The deadline to apply for these grants is March 31st, 2014.

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