Undergraduate education in pharmaceutical sciences

 The major part of the undergraduate teaching is within the two Pharmacy programmes. In addition, the department is involved in teaching at the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering with specialization in drugs and the Biomedical programme. Students attending internet-based courses steadily increase. Pharmaceutical Biosciences comprises a number of courses: Drug development and Drug usage, Drug metabolism and safety, Gene technology, Immunology, Infection Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical bioinformatics, Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacotherapy, Physiology, Toxicology. A mix of traditional teaching and problem-based learning with lectures, laboratory sessions, seminars, workshops and computer sessions characterizes the teaching. In addition, the teachers are involved in interdisciplinary training in laboratory practice, communication skills and professional development.

Teaching at the advanced level

The department gives courses at the Master of Science in Pharmacy programme that comprises five years studies (300 hp). Completed studies at the programmes provide the necessary theoretical and practical competence that is required to apply for a pharmacist license as apotekare. The teachers instruct in undergraduate projects (30 hp) at the advanced level. These projects are individual and are examined by an oral presentation and a written report. The projects are laboratorybased and involve the student in ongoing research projects. During 2011, the teachers supervised 62% (82 students) of the total number of undergraduate projects within the Master of Science in Pharmacy programme. The teachers lead and teach a number of elective courses and single subject courses at the advanced level. These courses mirror research profiles within the department, such as Bioinformatics, Clinical pharmacy, Drug metabolism and safety, Drug addiction and Pharmacokinetics. The courses attract a large number of students, not only pharmacy students but also other students showing the proper prerequisites. During 2011, 79% (348 out of 440 students) of the students within the Master of Science in Pharmacy programme and 65% (65 out of 100 students) of the students within the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy programme participated Dept. of Pharm. Biosciences in courses given by the department. The teachers also contribute to the teaching within several master programs within the Faculty of Pharmacy, Drug development, Drug management and safety and Clinical Pharmacy, and at master programmes at the Faculty of Medicine, Infection biology and Forensic Science.