The Masters Degree Program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology provides the specific knowledge and skills concerning the design, development and control of drugs and of medicinal products in accordance with the regulations codified by the pharmacopoeias. Student will also have the chance to acquire competences which will enable them to work in the food, dietetic and cosmetological sectors together with other areas in the healthcare sector. During the five-year period foreseen for the Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, the Degree Programme is organized to facilitate the acquisition of: 1) knowledge to be used in innovative research in the pharmacology sector and in the production and control of medicinal products in order to guarantee their efficacy, safety and quality in accordance with the regulations in force regarding manufacturing standards, environmental protection and industrial safety; 2) mastery in the scientific method of investigation; 3) multidisciplinary knowledge which is fundamental for the understanding of drugs, their structure and properties in relation to their interaction with biomolecules at cellular and systemic level, together with the activities required in the preparation and control of drugs; 4) chemical, biological and technological knowledge, integrated with pharmacoeconomic and pharmacovigilance know-how; 5) knowledge concerning the national and EU laws that regulate the various activities in the sector, which will enable graduates to guarantee the safety, quality and efficacy of medicines and health products in accordance with WHO regulations and national and European directives; 6) important knowledge needed for the professional fulfilment of the pharmaceutical service which will enable graduates to work in the National Health Service. In fact, with the attainment of the professional licence, it is possible to work, under Directive 85/432 / EEC, as a pharmacist, and work with other health professions; 7) linguistic ability in written and oral form of at least one European Union language besides Italian including the scientific literature of the sector. The study path is clearly multidisciplinary and organized to build, through the acquisition of solid knowledge in the basic disciplines, a background which will enable graduates to obtain, consolidate and develop theoretical and applicative skills in specific disciplines. The basic educational activities provide knowledge of mathematics and physics; a good basic knowledge of chemistry (general and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry), as well as basic training in the biological, medical and morphological fields. The educational activities provide an in-depth knowledge of medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical techniques, together with a good grounding in the biochemical, pharmacological, toxicological and legislative aspects regarding pharmaceutical products. The similar and supplementary activities include specialized courses, which will integrate graduates' training also through a number of laboratory activities. The number of ECTS credits awarded for each course depends on the knowledge requirements and the expected time commitment. The time foreseen for individual study is indicated in the Academic Regulations of the Degree Programme. Students will do a professional internship in a hospital pharmacy or one that is open to the public under the supervision of the pharmaceutical service, for a period of 6 months (30 ECTS credits), while for the final exam (30 ECTS credits), they must do an original individual research study. Based on this academic preparation, graduates will be able to acquire awareness regarding the problems and processes that go from the planning of a pharmacological product to the subsequent dispensing of the drug to the patient. They will also be able to carry out quality controls and register any adverse reactions or side effects. The assessment students will usually take place through written and/or oral tests.
Throughout the course, students are encouraged by the teachers to develop a critical approach, make judgements, prepare to accept responsibilities. Graduates will be able to collect and interpret experimental data related to issues in the pharmaceutical sector and will be able to work on projects autonomously. For example, they will be able to work on protocols for the quality control of drugs and health products or research protocols in the various matters pertaining to the chemical-pharmaceutical sector.
These skills will be developed mainly through the educational activities provided in the characterizing and similar activities, whose teachings will follow a critical approach to knowledge accompanied by exercises aimed at the development of such skills, and during talks with the teachers. Assessment of the autonomy of judgment will take place through the exams throughout the study course.
PCT graduates must possess the ability to communicate with interlocutors both inside and outside their working group. They must therefore be able to clearly illustrate their knowledge, and discuss problems and solutions linked to the chemical and biological characteristics of drugs and health products. They can communicate efficiently in written and oral form, in Italian and in English. In order to reach these objectives, there is an English language course and free seminars. Students must also prepare a dissertation and present it in public in their final exam.
Through the learning skills developed during this degree course, graduates will be able to continuously update their knowledge and professional skills in line with developments in the sector at national and international level. All courses of the Degree Programme are organized for this purpose and these skills will be assessed through exams. Graduates are therefore able to independently undertake more advanced studies such as post-graduate courses, specialization schools, research doctorates and participation in mobility programs abroad. In order to achieve these results, students are encouraged to take part in the well-established mobility programs set up by the faculty (in Erasmus projects for students, Erasmus +, Leonardo initiatives for graduates, University scholarships for dissertations abroad, scholarships from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc.). Assessment may involve the preparation of a report or a seminar.