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Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 38 months
University rank #58 (ARWU) Genève, Switzerland
The main missions of the Section of Pharmaceutical Sciences are to develop pharmaceutical practice and pharmaceutical sciences through excellence in education and research and to assist specific activities in humanitarian pharmacy. 
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The Section has received a strong mandate from civil society and academia to maintain and improve the training of all professionals involved in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

The doctoral program consists of teaching modules on different aspects of the pharmaceutical sciences. Proposed topics include statistics with biomedical applications, intellectual property, therapeutic chemistry, galenic pharmacy and biopharmacy, analytical chemistry, phytochemistry and pharmacognosy, biotechnology, clinical pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and social pharmacy . Some modules are mandatory, others optional. 

The multidisciplinary research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Section is organized into small research teams working on the current challenges of drug discovery and development by following the natural path from basic research to drug-centric research at the service of the drug. patient.

The Section benefits from the latest scientific techniques and attracts researchers from around the world. She has developed excellent relationships with all stakeholders in the health field and intensive collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare providers. In just a few years, the Section has become a key player in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in the Lemanic basin and the Alpine Arc.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 38 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and its Application in Diagnostics and Clinical Research
  • Drug development: regulatory aspects and clinical trials
  • Biostatistics in drug development and clinical trials design
  • Quality By Design (QBD) to ensure product quality and operational excellence 
  • Drug discovery: an industrial perspective
  • Design drugs with a computer: background, overview and hands-on workshop
  • Assurance Qualité en sciences pharmaceutiques (AQ) 

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
  • CV
  • A copy of their diplomas
  • If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 38 months.
  • EU/EEA

    880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 38 months.
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Living costs for Genève

  • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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