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Study Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Engineering in Germany

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In a course of study in pharmacy, you will deal with medicines: What are they made of? How are they manufactured, tested, and safely delivered to doctors and patients? If you want to become a pharmacist in Germany, there is no way around completing a course of study in pharmacy at a higher education institution. Pharmaceutical engineering, on the other hand, focuses mostly on the technological side of pharmaceutical manufacturing.


44 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Diplom, State Examination

German, English

2-9 Semesters

What content can I expect

Courses of study in pharmacy are all about medicines. Pharmacy is an interdisciplinary science that mostly builds on the natural sciences biology and chemistry as well as the medical specialisations physiology and pharmacology. During your studies, you will learn how to improve medicines and develop new drugs as well as analyse existing medicines.
Degree programmes in pharmacy have particular characteristics. For one, you do not receive a Bachelor’s or Master’s as your final degree. Instead, you complete your first state examination (1. Staatsexamen) after four semesters and your second state examination after eight semesters. Also, your curriculum is regulated by the government. Study places are allocated in a national system via the Hochschulstart portal. The places are in great demand and you either need good grades in your general university entrance qualification (German Abitur or an international equivalent) or you will have to wait a few semesters.
Your studies are followed by a year of practical training and a pharmaceutical exam, which is the third state examination. Passing this exam is a prerequisite for receiving your license to practice as a pharmacist. Most graduates work as a pharmacist. But you can also apply for jobs at public agencies or in research, e.g., in pharmaceutical companies.
Pharmaceutical engineering is focused on manufacturing techniques, i.e., the development, manufacture, and testing of medicines. It thus combines the natural sciences with engineering. You can apply directly at higher education institutions; there is no nationwide process in place. Requirements, e.g., with regard to grades, can differ depending on the course of study. Most graduates of pharmaceutical engineering find work in the private sector.

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