Integrated Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences

General Objectives of the Course

The Pharmaceutical Sciences, by its comprehensiveness, multidisciplinary and professional activity are undoubtedly an area of great scientific importance in the context of Health Sciences. The new trends towards a deepening of the quality/value for health services involved, for obvious reasons, the medicines. The adequation of the curriculum of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Integrated Master aims to:
a)Provide students with a current curriculum, challenging and employability worldwide;
b)Allow the students to get skills and competencies described in Section 6.1.1., through a teaching/learning environment of quality;
c)Create synergies among Faculty, labor market and research centres;
d)Developing mechanisms leading to the creation of conditions for the student academic path to achieve the Master degree.
e)Stimulate inter- and transdisciplinarity;
f)Congregate the students around a common professional identity: to be Pharmacist.

Admission Requirements

1- Students must have the 12th school year or legal equivalent
2- Minimum marks of the admission exams: 95 out of 200 (artº 24, al. a) do D.L. no. 296-A/98, de 25/09).
3- Minimum mark to apply: 95 out of 200 (artº 24, al. c) of the D.L. no. 296-A/98, 25/09).
4- Formula of the application mark: (artº 26 of the same D.L.) 50% corresponds to the final mark of secondary education and 50% corresponds to the mark of the admission exams (Specific Subjects: Biology and Geology (02) and Physics and Chemistry (07). No prerequisite is required. There are no regional preferences.

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Professional Goals

The capabilities and skills relating to Pharmacist are duly typified in Directive 2005/36/EC of 07 September of the European Parliament. Also the "Pharmaceutical Act" in the Statutes of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society describes very well the activities that fall within the acquired competences in the Course (Community and hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries, clinical trials, regulatory affairs related to medicine and health products, as well as others activities related to the patients, to medicines and to public health).

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in full time or part time attendance and daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The examination regulations, assessments and grading are established by the Pharmacy Faculty of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Regulation.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The Integrated Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences shall provide an assurance that the student concerned has acquired the following knowledge and skills:
a)Adequate knowledge of medicines and the substances used in the manufacture of medicines;
b)Adequate knowledge of pharmaceutical technology and the physical, chemical, biological and microbiological testing of medicinal products;
c)Adequate knowledge of the metabolism and the effects of medicinal products and of the action of toxic substances, and of the use of medicinal products;
d)Adequate knowledge to evaluate scientific data concerning medicines in order to be able to supply appropriate information on the basis of this knowledge;
e)Adequate knowledge of the legal and other requirements associated with the pursuit of community pharmacies;
f)Preparation, testing, storage and distribution of medicines in community pharmacies;
g)Preparation, testing, storage and distribution of medicines in hospitals;
h)Provide information and advice about medicines.

Course Coordinator(s)

Artur Manuel Bordalo Machado Figueirinha

Lígia Maria Ribeiro Pires Salgueiro da Silva Couto

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António José Ribeiro

Ricardo António Esteves de Castro

Recognition of Prior Learning

The regulation for the recognition of prior qualifications is established in Article 45 of Decree-law no. 74/2006, 24th of March, according to the terms in Decree-Law no. 107/2008, 25th of June.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd de July.

Graduation Requirements

The course is organized into six scientific areas, five mandatory (Physical and Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences and Biomedical, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mathematics and Internship) and Tow optional, with a duration of 5 years (10 school semesters). In order to successfully complete the cycle of studies, students must complete a curricular traineeship (36 ECTS) and achieve a total of 300 ECTS – 10 semesters – 5 years.

Access to Further Studies

This degree enables graduate students to work as pharmacists and grants admission to higher education, namely to 3rd cycle studies (PhD).

Study Programme

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Academic year

Course Type
Integrated Study Cycle (1st and 2nd)

DGES Code: 9494

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 10 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 300.0

Category: Integrated second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-09-20 a 2023-09-19
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior