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A. MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSc) DEGREE

Section 1

STRUCTURE OF PSP

  1. The Postgraduate Studies Program (PSP) of the Department of Pharmacy leads to Master of Science (MSc) Degree in “Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology” on the following eight specializations: 

 

  1. INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICS - DRUG ANALYSIS
    The objective of this direction is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to graduate students to respond successfully to the demands of modern pharmaceutical industries. The range of knowledge offered along with the experience gained in the context of the preparation of the thesis, will enable graduates to seek employment in pharmaceutical and other similar industries. 
  2. INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICS - NANOTECHNOLOGY
    The objective of this direction is the training of graduate students in preparation, characterization and evaluation of action(s) of bioactive molecules nanocarriers, which find application in diagnosis or treatment. The nanocarriers studied consist of inorganic (gold, silver, silica) or supramolecular structures, such as lipids (liposomes, solid lipid nanoparticles, nanostructured lipidic carriers), nanoemultions, polymeric micelles, dendrimers or hybrid (inorganic-organic) transport systems of bioactive substances. The specialized knowledge on pharmaceutical nanotechnology that the graduates will acquire is expected to find response to increasing application of this sector in the Pharmaceutical Industry, both in Greece and abroad. 
  3. INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICS - COSMETICS
    The objective of this direction is the theoretical and practical training of graduate students in the design, production (in small and industrial scale) and evaluation (quality control, safety assessment and claim substantiation) of cosmetic products. Graduates of this direction will have the cognitive background to work in the cosmetics industry, as well as national and international regulatory authorities. 
  4. PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY – DRUG DESIGN
    The aim of this direction is to provide to graduate students a complete and specialized background in the scientific fields of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, to cope with the modern demands of the research laboratory or pharmaceutical industry. The range of knowledge offered in cutting-edge scientific areas, together with the experience gained in the context during the preparation of their thesis, will enable graduates to seek employment in a variety of fields, or to continue their studies towards a PhD. 
  5. PHARMACEUTICAL NATURAL PRODUCTS
    The aim of this direction is the theoretical and practical training of graduate students in chemistry (isolation, identification and composition) of natural products, their exploitation in designing of pharmaceutical compounds and special issues concerning the herbal medicinal products (regulatory issues, standardization, therapeutic applications). Graduates will have the skills to be employed in a variety of jobs or continue their studies towards a PhD. 
  6. MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY, BIOPHARMACEUTICS AND BIOMOLECULAR ANALYSIS
    The aim of this direction is to provide graduate students a comprehensive and specialized knowledge background in the scientific fields of Pharmacology, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, to cope with the modern requirements of the research or diagnostic laboratory, pharmaceutical industry or hospital. The range of knowledge available in scientific frontier areas, along with the experience gained in the context of the preparation of their thesis, will allow graduates to seek employment in a variety of jobs or continue their studies towards a PhD. 
  7. CLINICAL PHARMACY
    The aim of this direction is to educate pharmacists on actions and services that a clinical pharmacist performs and provides, in order to promote the rational use of medicines and appliances for people, ensuring increased clinical efficacy and minimal risk of side effects, while minimizing the corresponding costs. It concerns pharmacists working or interested in working in public and private hospitals, clinics, community pharmacies and/or everywhere else where drugs are prescribed and used. 
  8. PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETING
    The purpose of this direction is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge so that graduate students will respond successfully to their contact with the general business activity in the pharmaceutical field. Specifically, it will provide the necessary background of knowledge on concepts and fields related to operational planning and development, management and administration of pharmaceutical products and pricing, distribution and promotion thereof.

 MSc is awarded in "Pharmaceutical Science and Technology". The specialization is also indicated.

Section 2

SELECTION OF POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

  1. M.D. and B.Sc. graduates of Health Sciences or other relevant Faculties of Greek Universities and certified Institutions outside of the Country, as well as graduates of relevant departments of Technological Educational Institutions, are admitted. Graduates of non Greek Institutions must certify their degrees through the Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Center and submit a certified copy of a diploma or certificate of completion of studies to the Secreteriat of the Department within one week of the completion of the selection process. 
  2. Any person seeking admission to the PSP should submit to the Secreteriat of the Department the following documents:
    • Application (relevant forms provided by the Secretariat or found in the Department's website)
    • A recent CV
    • Photocopy of Identification document
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Copy of Diploma (if applicable)
    • Transcript of Records
    • A written report where the reasons (scientific, professional, etc.) for which the candidate wishes admission to the Department’s PSP. 
  3. Admission of the successful graduate students is performed following the decision of the General Assembly of the Department (special composition), based on the recommendation of the PSP Coordinating Committee (CC). The latter takes into account the submitted documents and interview of the candidates, as described in paragraph 6 of this Article. The place and time of the interview is defined by the CC and communicated by the Secretariat of the Department. 
  4. Each candidate may submit an application in any of the directions of the PSP. If admited in more than one directions, the canditate can register only in one. 
  5. Good knowledge of the English language is required. 
  6. During the selection procedure, the following are taken into consideration: a) diploma degree (20%), b) documented level of English language knowledge (10%), c) letters of recommendation (20%), d) other qualifications, such as work experience, other diplomas, other foreign languages, etc. (10%), and e) personal interview, on which the relevance of the diploma degree major to each specialization and admittance by a professor supervising the MSc thesis will be considered (40%). Based on the above, an evaluative ranking of the candidates is performed. In the case that one of the admitted candidates does not register, the position will be occupied by the next candidate in the list of the corresponding specialization.
  7. Students’ admission is carried out once a year. The maximum number of students per year is 50, and their distribution in the different specializations will be decided by the General Assembly of the Department (special composition) and disclosed through the call for candidates. 
  8. The selection process, the announcement of results and registration in the Department should have been completed by September 30th of each academic year. 

Section 3

REGISTRATION

  1. Each candidate admitted by the Department is required to register within the due date. The registration renewal is carried out at the beginning of each semester, at a time interval which is defined by the corresponding announcement of the Department Secretariat. Statement of courses takes place every semester. 
  2. Change of specialization is permitted only in exceptional circumstances, after approval by the General Assembly of the Department (special composition). 
  3. The student cannot be simultaneously registered in more than one specialization. 
  4. MSc is awarded after the completion of all requirements, as defined in this Regulation.

 Section 4

ASSIGNMENT OF SUPERVISOR AND EXAMINATION COMMITTEE

  1. Supervisor assignment for each candidate admitted to the PSP takes place within one month from the registration. Within a period of three (3) months, two (2) additional members of the examination committee are assigned to assist the supervisor and form the three-member examination committee of the MSc thesis, according to the internal rules of the University of Patras. The members of the examination committee may be faculty members or researchers of A, B or C grades, who are PhD holders. Committee members should serve the same or similar academic fields to the specialization. 
  2. MSc students can change supervisor and examination committee only in exceptional cases and only after approval by the General Assembly of the Department (special composition). 
  3. The title of the MSc thesis is defined within six months after registration of the MSc student. Change is possible after approval by the General Assembly of the Department (special composition). 

Chapter 5

COURSES - OBLIGATIONS OF MSc STUDENTS

  1. The courses are semestrial, divided into fall and spring semesters. Total credit points (ECTS) required for obtaining the MSc amount to 90 ECTS, distributed in three semesters (30 ECTS per semester), as defined in the Government Gazette. 
  2. Course attendance is mandatory and the limit of justified absences can not exceed 1/6 of teaching hours for each course. In case of exceeding the limit of absences, the MSc student is obliged to repeat the course. In case of a second failure in the same course, the MSc student loses his/her student’s status, following a decision of the General Assembly of the Department (special composition). 
  3. In all courses with more than one tytors, a coordinator is defined, who is responsible for successful course completion and communication with students. 
  4. MSc students must complete their MSc thesis on a subject relevant to the specialization chosen. 
  5. Courses as well as the thesis defense shall be in Greek and in specific cases in English, after approval by the General Assembly of the Department (special composition). 
  6. The courses of the PSP may be divided into autonomous teaching modules. Each module will be taught and examined by a sole faculty member. In such cases, the grades of the course will be the average of all modules and the final gradebook will be signed by all faculty members involved. 
  7. The MSc student has to participate in the exams following the semester in which he/she attended the course. In case of failure, the MSc student is given the opportunity to participate in the repeat examinations of the same course in September.
  8. The MSc student must attend at least 8 seminars including invited lectures, Ph.D. defense seminars, Departmental Colloquium seminars, and M.Sc. defense seminars. The student will be credited these seminars although they won’t count toward his/her final grade. 
  9. The MSc student must successfully complete a seminar on "Bioethics", which is provided by the Department's faculty members during the first year of studies, at no specified dates. 
  10. The M.Sc. student must successfully complete a “Health and Safety” seminar organized by a special committee appointed by the Senate of the University of Patras, at no specified dates. 

Chapter 6

OBLIGATIONS OF THE MSC STUDENT - COMPLETION OF THE MSc

  1. MSc is awarded after the public defense of the research work in an open seminar and the presence of the three-member examining committee, the grading of the thesis by the examining committee and the submission of the final dissertation thesis by the MSc student at the Department Secreteriat. 
  2. The final grade of the MSc is calculated as fillows: the grade of each course is multiplied by the corresponding ECTS units. The sum of the multiplications of all courses is divided by the total number of ECTS (90). 
  3. A prerequisite for obtaining the MSc degree is that the candidate has presented his/her work at a scientific conference, which is evidenced by the conference proceedings. The specializations "Industrial Pharmacy-Cosmetics", "Clinical Pharmacy" and "Pharmaceutical Marketing" are excluded from this requirement. 
  4. The MSc is awarded by the General Assembly of the Department (special composition).

 Chapter 7

FINANCING

The sum of money credited to the Department for the operation of the PSP either as Ministerial Regular Budgetary or as scholarships, grants, etc. will be allocated to the faculty members participating to the PSP as decided by the General Assembly of the Department (special composition).

Chapter 8

VARIOUS

  1. PSP is for full time MSc students with no exceptions. 
  2. The MSc student must provide teaching assistantship (TA) in the laboratories or recitations, including proctoring exams at the undergraduate level. A stipend for this TA is provided only if it is dictated by Law and afforded by the University. 
  3. After a period of 2 years from registration, the MSc student is not taken into account in the Departmental Budget any longer.
  4. For problems that cannot be solved by cooperation of the MSc student with the research advisor, the candidate must ask the Director of Graduate Studies for help. In case that the latter happens to be the advisor of this candidate, the problem is delegated to the Department Head.
  5. For all other problems which may occur from application of all of the above regulations, the candidate must bring the problem to the General Assembly of the Department (special composition).