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Pharmacy programme

The pharmacist is the expert on medicines at the pharmacy, in the pharmaceutical industry and in research. The field of pharmacy encompasses everything from how pharmaceuticals affect us at the cellular level to the development and use of medicines.

The pharmacist is an important link between doctors, chemists, and the public. Both dispensing pharmacists (Swedish: "receptarier") and pharmacists are allowed to dispense medicines at the pharmacy, however the pharmacist has a longer education. Five years of full-time studies lead to the pharmacist degree (Swedish: "apotekarexamen").

Expert in pharmaceuticals

Many of those trained as pharmacists will eventually work in the pharmaceutical industry, at a pharmacy or elsewhere within the healthcare system. At the pharmacy, the managers are often trained pharmacists. Pharmacists also have supervisory positions elsewhere.

Some pharmacists work with providing pharmaceutical information, both to the public and to other professions within health and medical care services. At hospitals, pharmacists are responsible for the handling and preparation of medicines, and to an increasing extent part of the team working at the ward.

The pharmacists' specialist expertise is also in demand by the pharmaceutical industry and governmental agencies, such as the Swedish Medical Products Agency. Pharmacists also conduct research on medical drugs and drug related issues at, for instance, universities.

Theory and practice

The curriculum of the pharmacy programme comprises chemistry, cell biology, pharmacology and pharmaceutics. The programme comprises bio medically 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.

Lectures are a common form of teaching at the pharmacy programme, but practical laboratory sessions, seminars and group work are also important. 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 one-semester work placement (internship) at a pharmacy in Sweden. 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. It is somewhat common for students to assist university researchers during the summer. After graduation, the students meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies.
Application, entry requirements and selection

Every year, approx. 95 students are admitted to the pharmacy programme in Gothenburg. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

To meet the general entry requirements you must:

  • Have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and meet the requirements for university studies in the home country.
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Applying-for-studies/English-requirements/
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3/Swedish as a second language 3.

See other ways of meeting the requirement in Swedish at the website (in Swedish): https://www.antagning.se/sv/Det-har-galler-for-dig-som-gatt/Utlandsk-gymnasieutbildning/Det-har-behover-du-ha/Behorighet-i-svenska/

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics la, lb or le/ Mathematics A (approximately I O years of mathematics studies).

If you have an International Baccalaureate (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, English and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish Al or A2, at least grade 4. If you completed your secondary education prior to January I, 2010, it is enough with grades of at least 4 in Swedish B.
  • English B, SL, at least grade 4, with language of instruction other than English
  • Whoever has the 1B diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics I a/1 b/lc.

And specific entry requirements, with pass grades of at least E:

  • Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry Band Mathematics D (field-specific entry requirements 13). Or: General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 2, Mathematics 4 (field-specific entry requirements Al3).

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

Programme information

Programme Syllabus

Study Counseling

 Malin Eskejsö Hansson

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