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University of Zagreb

Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry

Ante Kovacica 1
10000, Zagreb
Croatia

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry is the only faculty in Croatia dedicated entirely to teaching and research in pharmacy and medical biochemistry. Pharmacy studies were started at the University of Zagreb in 1882. The name Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry was adopted in 1963, and since 1986 the Faculty organizes two study programmes, one in pharmacy and the other in medical biochemistry.

Today, the Faculty offers graduate programme in Pharmacy and in Medical biochemistry, postgraduate (PhD) programme in "Pharmaceutical-Biochemical Sciences" and postgraduate specialist programmes. In addition, The Faculty offers continuing education for masters of pharmacy and medical biochemistry.

The goals and objectives of Master of Pharmacy programme are to educate students for competent participation in the design, development and delivery of medications for safe and efficient therapy.

The five-year Master of Pharmacy programme (10 semesters, 300 ECTS points) is divided in three areas of academic focus: basic sciences, biomedical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences. Programme emphasizes problem solving, critical thinking, and latest scientific findings related to medicines and modern medical treatments. Students learn to practice as patient-oriented healthcare professionals who will work as team with other health care providers. In our modern educational, research and practice settings, student are prepared to excel in a variety of pharmaceutical careers such as working in community and hospital pharmacies, pharmaceutical industry (research, development, production, control and marketing of drugs), Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices, educational institutions for pharmacists, research institutes, drug distribution enterprises (wholesalers).

The goals and objectives of Master of Medical Biochemistry programme are to train students to examine human life in health and disease from the chemical, biochemical and molecular-biological aspects.

The five-year Master of Medical Biochemistry programme (10 semesters, 300 ECTS points) is divided in three areas of academic focus: basic sciences, biomedical sciences and medical biochemistry sciences. Programme emphasizes problem solving, critical thinking, and latest scientific findings related to the molecular mechanisms underlying a multitude of diseases as well as novel diagnostic methods. The aim of this programme is to educate professionals who will be able to help physicians to diagnose the disease and follow up the therapy by choosing appropriate procedures and interpreting the obtained results.

Medical biochemistry students study molecular processes in human body and molecular changes specific to disease, as well as the essence, selection and quality control of laboratory diagnostic procedures.

Interpretation of laboratory findings, measuring instruments, insulation and preparation of biological substances, production of reagents and biochemicals are also among their tasks. The extensive practical programme and research projects develop teamwork skills and introduce students to the practical aspects of modern medical biochemistry.

Masters of medical biochemistry get mainly employed in the health care system (medical-biochemistry laboratories in primary health care, polyclinics, general and specialized hospitals and clinical hospital centres).

Graduate programmes constitute the basis for postgraduate extension of knowledge and acquisition of special skills and competences. Therefore PhD programme in pharmaceutical-biochemical sciences has an important role in the educational system of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. The goal of PhD programme is to prepare independent, creative scientists to excel in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and other research institutions.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry is situated on four locations, at a total area of ca 8500 square meters, with research and student laboratories, demonstration rooms, a student pharmacy, computer classroom, central library, several departmental libraries and botanical garden of medicinal, poisonous, aromatic and food plants.