Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The 6-year course is designed to develop pharmacists who are ready to serve with expertise in healthcare settings. Integrated with the Pharmaceutical Sciences First-term Doctorate Program, the 4-year course is designed to develop researchers and other professionals specializing in pharmacy. The curriculum for both courses starts with basics and steps up to application. These courses ensure that students gain knowledge and competence needed to achieve their career goal.
1st-3rd years for all students
[Department of Pharmacy][Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences]
All first- to third-year students are required to take the same subjects. These subjects are designed to help students understand the basics of technical knowledge required for a pharmacist, including how to use drugs and their effects and drug information and management.
Students of the Department of Pharmacy and those of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are provided with the same curriculum up to the third year to acquire the basics of specialized pharmaceutical knowledge as well as a wide knowledge of the liberal arts. During the first three years, students receive education to develop knowledge required to become a specialist pharmacist and pharmaceutical expert, and also clarify their goal so that they can make the best decision on which department to choose after completing the first three years.
4th-6th years for Department of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy
Students are trained to serve as capable specialists who can contribute to society with highly practical skills, ethical integrity and strong sense of commitment.
We position this department as the one for scientific study of different phenomena caused by pharmaceuticals in their interaction with living organisms. Based on this concept, the curriculum is designed to help students learn, seamlessly and systematically, about the relationships between pharmaceuticals and living organisms in a comprehensive manner. It also helps students understand technical knowledge required for a pharmacist from the basics, including how to use drugs and how to make effective drugs and drug management and information. In the 5th and 6th years, practical programs train students to become a pharmacist who can provide advanced medical care, including an interactive practical training program at hospitals and pharmacies. During these two years, students conduct their graduation research at a laboratory. Through these programs, students will be trained to become pharmacists with highly practical skills, ethical integrity and a strong sense of commitment.
Preparation for the national examination for pharmacists
Preparation program specifically focused on passing the national examination
In the 6th year, while taking lectures and being engaged in graduation research, students prepare for the national examination under the detailed guidance of faculty members.
The pass rate for the national examination for pharmacists
With our knowhow developed through experience, we provide students with comprehensive support to help them pass the qualification examination. As a result, our pass rate for the national examination has been high every year, being ranked one of the highest in Japan.
Practical training at a hospital
Experience the work of a pharmacist engaged in team-based healthcare
Students are provided with an opportunity to experience the duties of a pharmacist from dispensing and preparation to management of medicines, in a comprehensive way. The aim is not only to help them acquire professional skills but also attitudes required for a pharmacist. This program also helps them better understand a team-based healthcare approach, which is required for clinical pharmacists.
Practical training at a pharmacy
Experience the work of a frontline professional contributing to local healthcare
Students can experience a wide range of practical activities at a pharmacy, from dispensing drugs, instruction on dosage and administration for patients, and customer-oriented services. This is also a good opportunity for students to improve their communication skills, which are important for pharmacists working in a pharmacy.
4th year for Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Students are trained to become competent specialists in pharmacy who can play a leading role in a variety of fields based on pharmaceutical sciences and contribute to society.
The objective is to develop researchers, technicians, educational professionals and specialists who can play a leading role in a variety of fields at pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions, pharmaceutical laboratories and other facilities. Abilities to investigate issues will be developed. We regard pharmaceuticals as tools to elucidate and control life phenomena and position this department as one to scientifically study the properties, structures, reactions and other factors of pharmaceuticals in a comprehensive manner through analyzing functions and actions of pharmaceuticals that affect living organisms. Based on this concept, the curriculum is designed to help students learn, seamlessly and systematically, about the relationships between pharmaceuticals and living organisms. Integrated with the Pharmaceutical Sciences First-term Doctorate Program, the department develops specialists needed in various kinds of pharmaceutical sciences-based fields, such as those engaged in the development of drugs necessary for people to live healthy, comfortable and safe lives. For students in the fourth year who consider continuing their research at the graduate school, subjects related to drug discovery are available.
Graduate School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy major [Doctorate program]
Pharmaceutical sciences major [First-term doctorate program/Second-term doctorate program]
Doctorate program (4-year course)
A program offering graduates from a 6-year pharmaceutical education program and pharmaceutical professionals an opportunity to undertake higher-level research
The program is available mainly for graduates from the Department of Pharmacy (6-year course) and other pharmaceutical education programs. It is designed to help students develop a wide perspective and highly specialized research abilities in the clinical pharmaceutical field so that they will be able to contribute to maintaining and promoting people's health and preventing and treating diseases with high-level knowledge and skills.
Pharmaceutical sciences major
Five-year, two-term doctorate program (tow-year first-term and three-year second-term courses) after graduating from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (4-year course)
First-term doctorate program
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Promotion Plan for the Platform of Human Resource Development for Cancer*
Training Course for Cancer Specialist Pharmacists
The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences has joined the Promotion Plan for the Platform of Human Resource Development for Cancer sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In line with this project, we established the Training Course for Cancer Specialist Pharmacists in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (pharmacy major). Public symposiums are provided on a regular basis with the aim of contributing to addressing diversified and increasingly sophisticated cancer treatment through the training of specialists in cancer chemotherapy and the promotion of cooperation in community healthcare.
*In the five-year period between the academic years of 2012 and 2016, seven universities and graduate schools located in the Kansai region (Graduate School of Medicine/Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Osaka University, Graduate School and College of Nursing Art and Science of University of Hyogo, Graduate School and School of Medicine of Wakayama Medical University, Graduate School and School of Medicine of Nara Medical University, Graduate School and School of Medicine of Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Graduate School and Department of Pharmacy of Kobe Pharmaceutical University, and Graduate School and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences), with Osaka University as the core institution, cooperate with each other to promote the plan.