study mode: full-time programme
language of instruction: English
profile: general academic
duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
title: Magister (equivalent of Master’s degree)
discipline: Pharmacology and Pharmacy
Drug Discovery and Development (DDD) is a programme focused on all aspects of identifying and introducing new medicines. Its mission is to deliver high-level specialists, equipped with a highly applied scientific basis for discovery and development of novel pharmacotherapeutics, combined with focused, real-life practical skills. This degree provides a solid grounding in pharmaceutical sciences, together with an opportunity to specialize in a particular drug discovery and development area. The first semester is devoted to provide a basic understanding of drug discovery and development as well as key chemical, biological and pathophysiological aspects, relevant to drug research. The second semester provides a wide and well-balanced training in pharmaceutical sciences, which serves as a basis for further, specialized skills development. The third and fourth semesters are focused on one of the three leading areas: Medicinal Chemistry, Experimental Pharmacology and Model Based Drug Development.
Information regarding Faculty
The Faculty of Pharmacy is the best one in Poland, as it combines the tradition and modernity which is proper in case of dynamism and development of exact science. It has the A+ category granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, programmes conducted at the Faculty lead in rankings prepared by the Education Foundation “Perspektywy”. Fields of studies conducted at the Faculty include: pharmacy, cosmetology and medical analytics. The research conducted focuses on the search for new and innovative forms of medicines, assessment of the toxicity of medicines and issues concerning biotechnology and pharmacology. The Faculty consists of 16 research and didactic units, including 10 Chairs. The Museum of Pharmacy, the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the Animal House are also the part of the Faculty. Students have an access to the resources of the Medical Library and the Jagiellonian Library.
Rankings, distinctions, accreditations
- Category A+ granted to the Faculty by classification of Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Programme curriculum consists of information regarding classes in which you will take part while studying at this field of study. The programme provides data on classes in particular semesters, which of them are compulsory or optional, which of them end with an exam, and which do not. Each class has its own syllabus – a description of contents of the class.
- Live and learn in Kraków
- Academic calendar
- Exchange programmes
- Academic Sports Association
- JU MC Student Government
- Safe Student
- Student Centre for Support and Adaptation
- Disability Support Service
Division for Education and Academic Careers
Time spent at the university is not all about education and class participation; it is also an excellent opportunity to develop hobbies and interests. Many research societies and student organizations work at the Jagiellonian University, including faculty- and university-wide ones. These societies allow students to spend their free time actively, gain knowledge, develop their talents, participate in engaging, unconventional projects, go on research and team-building trips, participate in conferences and meet fellow students outside the lecture halls.
Students interested in the international dimension of studying can participate in a wide variety of exchange programmes such as Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Utrecht Network, exchange programmes within Bilateral Agreements or European university Una Europa, or participate in a domestic mobility programme called MOSTUM.
More than just studies
- Drug Discovery Students Science Club
- Museum of Pharmacy
- Medical Library
- Students Government of the Faculty of Pharmacy
From our lecturers
Prof. dr hab. farm. Jacek Sapa
Studiowanie to przede wszystkim zdobywanie wiedzy i umiejętności w zakresie tego, co rzeczywiście nas interesuje i czym pragniemy zajmować się w swoim życiu zawodowym. A zatem nie bez znaczenia jest miejsce, czyli dobry Uniwersytet. Dziś wiemy, że nasz rozwój intelektualny kształtują ludzie, środowisko akademickie. Uniwersytet - tak jak Uniwersytet Jagielloński - to zdobywanie wiedzy, ale również multum innych możliwości rozwijania dodatkowych zainteresowań.
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All about admission
- Admission for programmes in English
- Admission for foreigners
- Admission for programmes in Polish
- Online Application System
- International Students Office
Centre of Academic Support
Admission to studies
Admission at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System (IRK): irk.uj.edu.pl. Admissions Office is responsible for the admission process at the Jagiellonian University. In case of questions regarding admission, contact the Office directly or visit websites: welcome.uj.edu.pl and irk.uj.edu.pl.
Information regarding admission to this study programme, including qualification rules, admission and tuition fee, schedule, required documents and information on final result calculation, are available on the Online Application System (IRK): irk.uj.edu.pl
Transfer from other university or study programme
Transfer from other university or other study programme is possible, with the consent of the dean: after finishing a first year of studies and fulfilling additional conditions described by the Faculty Council. In case of questions regarding a transfer, contact the unit in charge of study programme directly.
Division for Education and Academic Careers
Graduates of Drug Discovery and Development will learn how new medicines are sought, identified, developed, manufactured and tested, along with the most important aspects of regulatory processes, necessary for their formal approval as drug products. Additionally, they will be equipped with management skills and language expertise, supporting their future employment in the worldwide pharma-biotech industry, regulatory agencies or drug research centers.
Further education possibilities
- Doctoral School, f.e. Doctoral School in Medical and Health Sciences
- Post diploma programmes
- Second-cycle programmes
Study programme is conducted at the Faculty of Pharmacy, which is located near the University Hospital and the University Children's Hospital. In case of questions regarding studies, contact:
ul. Medyczna 9
30-688 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 620 54 13