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Pharmacy programme

The pharmacist is the expert on pharmaceuticals at the pharmacy, in the pharmaceutical industry and in research. Pharmaceutics is about everything from how pharmaceuticals affect us at the cellular level to the development of new pharmaceuticals.

The pharmaceutist is an important link from doctors and chemists to the public. Both prescriptionists and pharmacists are pharmaceutists, but the pharmacist has a longer education. Five years of full-time studies lead to the Master of Science in Pharmacy (pharmacist).

Expert in pharmaceuticals

Many of those trained as pharmacists will eventually work in the pharmaceutical industry or at a pharmacy. At the pharmacy, the managers are often trained pharmacists and it is common that they have a supervisory role in the pharmaceutical industry as well.

Some pharmacists work a great deal with pharmaceutical information, both to the public and to staff in health and medical care services. The communication is both oral and written. At hospitals, it is common that pharmacists are responsible for the handling and preparation of pharmaceuticals, and pharmacists can also provide information on pharmaceuticals in dental care.

The pharmaceutists' specialist expertise can also be in demand by companies in the pharmaceutical industry, which increasingly produce food that will improve the health of consumers. Many of the employees at the Swedish Medical Products Agency are pharmacists. It is the government agency responsible for the control of pharmaceuticals, naturopathic preparations and medical technology products. There are also pharmacists who conduct research on pharmaceutical issues at universities and industries.

Theory and practice

Practical laboratory sessions are important in the pharmacy programme, but a much of the teaching is also in lectures and group work.

The students study chemistry, cell biology, pharmacology and pharmaceutics. The programme comprises biomedically oriented subjects, such as the functions of the body, pathology and pharmaceutical treatment of diseases.

There is also a possibility to specialise in traditional pharmaceutical subject areas, such as pharmaceutical formulation and experimental medical research.

A large part of the course literature is in English. Most of the courses are examined with a written or oral examination. The programme is concluded with a six-month work placement at a pharmacy. After completing the programme, a licence is issued by the National Board of Health and Welfare. The pharmacy programme comprises 300 higher education credits.


Many of the students in the pharmacy programme want to conduct research. The programme provides a broad base for research in the pharmaceutical field. During the summer, it is somewhat common for students to assist university researchers. After graduation, the students meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Every year, 80 students are admitted to the pharmacy programme in Gothenburg. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

General entry requirements are:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.

If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.

And specific entry requirements:

  1. Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B and Mathematics D (field-specific entry requirements 13). Or: General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 2, Mathematics 4 (field-specific entry requirements A13).

Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

Programme information

Programme Syllabus

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