MASTER IN PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYSIS - QUALITY CONTROL

 

Overview 

The Master’s program in Pharmaceutical Analysis-Quality Control is a high-level postgraduate program offering students the chance to develop in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive laboratory skills in advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control (QC) of medicines. This field of research includes the regulatory framework governing human medicines; the Quality Control of medicines and medicinal products including identification, quantitation, purity, and stability tests applied to the analysis of active pharmaceutical ingredients and pharmaceutical products; the development and application of novel bioanalytical methods for the analysis of drugs and metabolites in biological samples and the proteomic, genomic and metabolomic analysis of biological samples with the latest analytical techniques and instruments (HPLC, LC-MS, GC-MS, NMR, etc). 

To obtain a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis-Quality Control, students must acquire a total of 120 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to four semesters’ full-time studies. The scientific training of postgraduate students is achieved through courses, literature-based-reports, final exams, practice for four weeks in pharmaceutical industry and research-based master's thesis. 

Equipped with high level of knowledge and skills in advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control of medicines, our graduate students are prepared to pursue various career opportunities in pharmaceutical (QC, QA, R&D Departments) and bioanalytical laboratories or regulatory affairs departments in the industries or in the public sector. The Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis-Quality Control covers most of the requirements for a Qualified Person (QP) position appointed by the National Organization of Medicines in the pharmaceutical industries.

Entry requirements 

In the Master’s program in Pharmaceutical Analysis-Quality Control, are accepted graduates of the Departments of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Medicine, Nursery, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biological Applications & Technologies and Food Science and Technology of Greek Universities or Foreign Universities (recognized by the Hellenic National Recognition and Information Center, Hellenic N.A.R.I.C.). 

Selection criteria include the following: graduation degree, average score in undergraduate courses in a similar field, other degree or master’s, research work in a similar field, publications, presentations in conferences, work experience in fields relevant to the field, and an interview hosted by the master’s committee.

Courses 

Courses are held daily on a semester basis and are conducted in Greek language; part of a course can be taught in English in case of a foreign teacher. 
 

1st Semester 
Mandatory CoursesTeachersTeaching hours per weekECTS
Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis I 

I. Panderi, Y. Dotsikas,
F. Tsopelas, Μ. Chrysanthakopoulos, M. Koupparis, A. Tsantili

26
Statistics & ChemometricsY. Loukas, Y. Dotsikas, E. Gikas, M. Koupparis26
Spectrometric methods IE. Mikros26
Clinical Pharmaceutical AnalysisI. Panderi, Y. Loukas, Y. Dotsikas, E. Gikas, I. Papoutsis26
Stability of Pharmaceutical ProductsI. Panderi, Y. Dotsikas, V. Myrianthopoulos
A. Varvaresou
  
 Sum1030
 
2nd Semester
Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis ΙΙI. Panderi, Y. Dotsikas, A. Tsantili, K. Georgakopoulos38
Quality control of medicinesM. Koupparis26
Quality Assurance systemsN. Thomaidis, M. Koupparis410
Legislation and     Regulatory affairsF. Tzavella, Κ. Ghirtis12
Computational ChemometricsG. Lambrinidis12
Βibliographic search methodsG. Lambrinidis12
Sum1230
 
3rd Semester 
Practice in Pharmaceutical Industry (20 working days)10
Thesis (part I)20
Sum30
  
4th Semester  
Thesis (part II)30
Sum30

Fees/Funding 

Tuition Fees: 2,800 € for the entire master’s program split into the four semesters. A waiver for fees can be granted for students with low family income. 

 

Potential Supervisors 

Members of NKUA: Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Y. Loukas, I. Panderi, Y. Dotsikas; Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry: E. Mikros; the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry: N. Thomaidis, E. Gikas, and the Laboratory of Forensic Toxicology: I. Papoutsis, and  members of other Universities in Greece.