Degree in Pharmacy (equivalent to M.Sc.) #

(According to government regulation 04/04/02, BOE 29 April 2002)

Studies leading to a degree in Pharmacy are divided into two cycles of 2.5 years (total 5 years) with a total requirement of 330 credits. Students must obtain 315 credits (I credit = 10 teaching hours), including core, obligatory and optional subjects within the faculty of pharmacy and other free-choice subjects within the university as a whole. There will also be six months' full-time, supervised practical courses in pharmacies (chemist's) or hospital pharmaceutical units for a minimum period of 800 hours.


FIRST CYCLE (164.5 credits)

Students must follow the required core and obligatory subjects plus 15 credits of free-choice studies.


SECOND CYCLE (165.5 credits)

Students must follow the required core and obligatory subjects (including the supervised practical courses, which account for 15 credits) and obtain a further 28 credits for optional subjects and 18 credits for free-choice subjects.

The overall teaching contact hours per academic year are as follows:



Core and
1 61 43,5 17,5
2 60,5 42 18,5
3 61 44,5 16,5
4 48 34 14
5 40,5 17,5 23
Optional subjects 26 17 9
Free-choice subjects 33    
TOTAL 330 198,5 98,5

First Year

  • Human Anatomy and Histology
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Applied Physics and Physical Chemistry
  • Geology applied to Pharmacy
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Inorganic Chemistry


Second Year

  • Chemical Analysis
  • Human Cell Physiology
  • Vegetable Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Techniques


Third Year

  • Biopharmacy and Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmacology 1
  • Physiopathology
  • Nutrition and Bromatology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • General Pharmaceutics


Fourth Year

  • Human Ailments: Functional tests
  • Biological Analysis and Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Foodstuffs Analysis and Quality Control
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry applied to Pharmacy
  • Molecular Biology applied to Pharmacy
  • Sanitary Aspects of Soil Degradation
  • Design of Pharmaceuticals
  • Statistics applied to Pharmacy
  • Practical Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology 2
  • Immunology
  • Parasites and Immunity
  • Mediterranean Medicinal Plants
  • Medicinal Plants and Phytotherapy
  • Radionuclids and their Applications
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Disperse Systems
  • Separation Techniques
  • Special Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Toxicology


Fifth Year

  • Clinical Bacteriology
  • Vegetable Bacteriology applied to Pharmacy
  • Dermopharmacy
  • Dietetics applied to Pharmacy
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Applied Pharmacology
  • Experimental Pharmacology
  • Nutritional Physiology and Physiopathology
  • Management and Preservation of Vegetable Resources of Pharmaceutical Interest
  • Management and Planning
  • Pharmaceutical Hydrology
  • Legislation and Deontology
  • Clinical Mycology
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Pharmaceutical Fine Chemicals
  • Public Health
  • Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Clinical Virology
  • Supervised Practice



As far as the degree in pharmacy is concerned, by choosing the appropriate optional subjects students may direct their studies towards one of four different pharmaceutical activities:

•  Clinical Analysis

•  Industrial Pharmacy

•  Pharmaceutical Care

•  Health and the Environment

This in no way implies that the student is reading for a specialist degree, merely that he or she has chosen to study certain subjects that may be more relevant to his/her interests or proposed professional career. To obtain the degree of Pharmaceutical Specialist it is necessary to study a further course of obligatory subjects after obtaining the ordinary degree in pharmacy. It must be emphasised that students should plan their degree course rationally throughout the five years so as to make the best of all the subjects on offer. Course tutors are available to advise students on these matters. N.B. students are not obliged to follow any of these orientations and may choose optional subjects at random from the whole range on offer.

The subjects designed to orientate students towards the different pharmaceutical activities are:


Clinical Analysis

•  Food Analysis and Quality Control

•  Clinical Bacteriology

•  Parasites and Immunity

•  Molecular pathology

•  Clinical Mycology

•  Radionuclids and their Applications

•  Clinical Virology

•  Separation Techniques

•  Statistics Applied to Pharmacy

Clinical analyses are those biological analyses which help the clinician to solve diagnostic problems and provide him with the relevant facts to be able to make a prognosis and/or provide similar information to be further studied by a therapist.


Industrial Pharmacy

•  Pharmaceutical Applications in Molecular Biology

•  Drug Design

•  Experimental Pharmacology

•  Fine Chemical Pharmaceutics

•  Organic Synthesis

•  Disperse Systems

•  Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology

•  Statistics Applied to Pharmacy

These subjects are designed to provide the knowledge necessary to convert a substance with pharmacological activity into a pharmaceutical product or drug containing the desired properties to prevent, diagnose, treat, alleviate and cure illnesses and ailments or improve the quality of life in patients to whom they are administered.


Pharmaceutical Care

•  Human Ailments: Functional Testing

•  Dermopharmacy

•  Dietetics Applied to the Pharmaceutical Office

•  Practical Pharmacy

•  Applied Pharmacy

•  Physiology and Physiopathology in Nutrition

•  Medicinal Plants and Phytotherapy

•  Statistics Applied to Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Care refers to the practical office of pharmacy carried out in any establishment devoted to attending to public health in either the public or private domain. This should take place in a health-care unit supervised by a professional, qualified pharmacist.


Health and the Environment

•  Preservation and Management of Plant Resources of Pharmaceutical Interest

•  Pharmaceutical Hydrology

•  Application of Bioinorganic Chemistry to Pharmacy

•  Mediterranean Medicinal Plants

•  Sanitary Aspects of Soil Degradation

•  Plant Biotechnology Applied to Pharmacy

•  Statistics Applied to Pharmacy

These subjects are designed to provide the necessary basic knowledge to identify the influence of ecology and the environment on the development of the individual as a whole, thus orientating the pharmacist towards Health and the Environment.