Since the 2014-2015 academic year, the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Patras offers a Postgraduate Studies Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology. Aim of the program is the education, training and qualification of young scientists in the fields of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, to support research and development in novel pharmaceutical domains, as well as the participation of the country in international scientific developments. It also seeks to link the research efforts to the production process, enhancing technology transfer mechanisms to Greek production units, and to meet specific business needs related to operational planning, development and distribution of pharmaceutical products. Graduates from Health Sciences and other Departments in related subject areas are admitted. The duration of the program is set at three (3) semesters. Total ECTS credits required for obtaining the degree amounts to 90 ECTS, distributed in three semesters (30 ECTS each semester). Lessons and writing the thesis will be in Greek and in specific cases in English.

The Postgraduate Studies Program of the Department of Pharmacy leads to Master of Science (MSc) Degree in “Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology” on the following eight specializations:

A. INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICS - DRUG ANALYSIS

The objective of this direction is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to graduate students to respond successfully to the demands of modern pharmaceutical industries. The range of knowledge offered along with the experience gained in the context of the preparation of the thesis, will enable graduates to seek employment in pharmaceutical and other similar industries.

B. INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICS - NANOTECHNOLOGY

The objective of this direction is the training of graduate students in preparation, characterization and evaluation of action(s) of bioactive molecules nanocarriers, which find application in diagnosis or treatment. The nanocarriers studied consist of inorganic (gold, silver, silica) or supramolecular structures such as lipid (liposomes, Solid lipid Nanoparticles (SLN), nanostructured lipidic carriers (NLC), nanoemultions), (polymeric micelles, dendrimers), or hybrid (inorganic-organic) transport systems of bioactive substances. The specialized knowledge on pharmaceutical nanotechnology that the graduates will acquire is expected to find response to increasing application of this sector in the Pharmaceutical Industry, both in Greece and internationally.

C. INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICS - COSMETICS

The objective of this direction is the theoretical and practical training of graduate students in the design, production (in small and industrial scale) and evaluation (quality control, safety assessment and claim substantiation) of cosmetic products. Graduates of this direction will have the cognitive background to work in the cosmetics industry as well as national and international regulatory authorities

D. PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY – DRUG DESIGN

The aim of the direction is to provide to graduate students a complete and specialized background in scientific fields of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, to cope with the modern demands of the research laboratory or pharmaceutical industry. The range of knowledge offered in cutting-edge scientific areas, together with the experience gained in the context during the preparation of their thesis, will enable graduates to seek employment in a variety of fields, or to continue their studies for a PhD.

Ε. PHARMACEUTICAL NATURAL PRODUCTS

The aim of the direction is the theoretical and practical training of graduate students in Chemistry (Isolation, Identification and Composition) of Natural Products, their exploitation in designing of pharmaceutical compounds and special issues concerning the Herbal Medicinal Products (regulatory issues, standardization, therapeutic applications). Graduates of direction will have the skills to be employed in a variety of jobs or continue their studies for a PhD.

F. MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY, BIOPHARMACEUTICS AND BIOMOLECULAR ANALYSIS

The aim of the direction is to provide graduate students a comprehensive and specialized knowledge background in scientific fields of Pharmacology, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine to cope with the modern requirements of the research or diagnostic laboratory, pharmaceutical industry or hospital. The range of knowledge available in scientific frontier areas, along with the experience gained in the context of the preparation of their thesis, will allow graduates to seek employment in a variety of jobs or continue their studies for a PhD.

G CLINICAL PHARMACY

The aim of this direction is to educate pharmacists on actions and services that a clinical pharmacist performs and provides in order to promote the rational use of medicines and appliances for people, ensuring increased clinical efficacy and minimize the risk of side effects, while minimizing the corresponding costs. It concerns pharmacists working or interested in working in public and private hospitals, clinics, community pharmacies and/or everywhere else where drugs are prescribed and used.

Η. PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETING

The purpose of this direction is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge so that graduate students will respond successfully to their contact with the general business activity in the pharmaceutical field. Specifically, it will provide the necessary background of knowledge on concepts and fields related to operational planning and development, management and administration of pharmaceutical products and pricing, distribution and promotion thereof. The knowledge provided will enable the absorption of graduates in a variety of employment.