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Fortunately, many diseases can be treated effectively with medicines. Pharmacy encompasses all aspects related to medicines, from (i) medicinal drug design, (ii) mechanisms of action to (iii) analysis, delivery and engineering of drugs, and (iv) their effectiveness in practice. Pharmacy combines chemistry and biology with medicine. Studying pharmacy will teach you what medicines are, how they work, and how they are developed and administered. You will learn about human physiology and pathology, and the pharmacist’s role in the quest for new compounds to prevent, halt or cure disease.
Pharmacists dispense medications prescribed by physicians, and provide patients information about medicines and their proper use. A pharmacist knows all about the desired effects of medicines, but is also aware of their potential side effects.
What do medicines and poisons have in common? More than you might think! An overdose of a substance or an inappropriate combination of substances can turn a medicine into a poison! A pharmacist closely monitors the use of medicines by each individual patient.
But there’s more to pharmacy than meets the eye! Pharmacists are also educated to be researchers, scientists who strive to discover and refine medicines and devise ever more effective therapies. They can contribute to all the pharmaceutical sciences, from basic areas such as chemical analysis and medicinal drug synthesis, to pharmaceutical practice and patient-oriented research. This degree programme is the first step towards becoming an all-round pharmaceutical expert. Pharmacy is exciting, because you can help people with science.
Is this the programme for you?
You especially like chemistry and biology, and are interested healthcare. You want to work on today’s big health challenges. We offer you an educational programme (in English) that teaches you knowledge, skills and insights in pharmacy and natural sciences. Our bachelor’s degree programme will optimally prepare you for our subsequent master's degree programmes: Pharmacy/Farmacie (Dutch-taught) or Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS), which is more research-oriented.
What is pharmacy?
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The processes of drug development and improving existing medicines are full of challenges. Tuberculosis is the top infectious killer worldwide: every year 10.4 million people are infected, and of these 1.7 million die. Antibiotics are the cornerstone of tuberculosis treatment; however, the rapid development of drug resistant tuberculosis strains makes the disease more deadly than it already was. Our researchers try to develop new antibiotics and more effective drug administration forms to overcome the resistance. These approaches have the potential to save countless lives!
Why does your headache disappear when you take a painkiller? Want to discover and develop new drugs to treat diseases? Did you know that pharmacists not only dispense medicines to patients, but also advise doctors about the medicines they should prescribe?
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