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
- Scientific category B+ in the discipline of Pharmacology and Pharmacy awarded to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków by the decision of the Minister of Education and Science
In the programme curriculum, you may find information about the subjects you will attend while studying this programme. The programme indicates which subjects are scheduled for each semester of the studies, which are mandatory, which belong to the group of elective subjects (so-called optional subjects), which of them end with an exam, and which do not. Each subject in such a programme curriculum has its syllabus, which is a description of what students learn within the scope of that subject.
- Live and learn in Kraków
- Academic calendar
- Exchange programmes
- Academic Sports Association
- JU MC Student Government
- Safe Student
- Student Centre for Support and Adaptation
- Accessibility Center
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
- Student Government of the Faculty of Pharmacy
From our lecturers
Prof. dr hab. farm. Jacek Sapa
Above all, studying is about gaining knowledge and skills in the field of your interest and your future professional life. This is why the choice of a good University is not without significance. Nowadays, we know that people and the academic community shape our intellectual development. The University – such as the Jagiellonian University – means gaining knowledge and a multitude of other opportunities to develop other interests.
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All about admission
- Admission statistics
- Welcome to the Jagiellonian University
- Admission for programmes in Polish
- Online Application System
- International Students Office
Centre of Academic Support
Admission to studies
Admission to study programmes at the Jagiellonian University is conducted electronically in the Online Application System: irk.uj.edu.pl. If you have any questions related to admission, please contact the Admissions Office directly or visit the websites: welcome.uj.edu.pl and irk.uj.edu.pl.
Detailed information about admission to this study programme, including information on the method of calculating the result, qualification criteria, fees, deadlines, and a list of required documents are available on the Online Application System (IRK): irk.uj.edu.pl
Transfer from other university or study programme
Transfer from another university, including a foreign one, or change of study programme within the University is possible with the dean's consent after completing the first year of studies and fulfilling additional requirements established by the Faculty Council. For inquiries regarding transfer, please contact the unit responsible for the specific 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
The study programme is conducted at the Faculty of Pharmacy, located close to the University Hospital in Kraków and the University Children’s Hospital. For more information, please contact:
ul. Medyczna 9
30-688 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 12 620 54 13