School of Pharmaceutical
Sciences of Ribeirão Preto

University of São Paulo

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Graduate Studies

    The Graduate Programs of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, University of Sao Paulo (USP), aim at qualifying students to work as professors and/or researchers in several areas of the pharmaceutical sciences available at public or private academic institutions, research institutions as well as at the pharmaceutical industry in the development of new drugs and products.

    The activities started in 1988, with the Graduate Program in Drugs, area of concentration: Chemistry and Biology. In 1999, this program changed to Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, area of concentration: Drugs, and in 2001 two new areas of concentration were added: Clinical Analyses and Toxicology. Due to the expansion of the program, in 2005 these two areas of concentration were turned into two new graduate programs: (i) Graduate Program in Bioscience applied to Pharmacy, area of concentration: Bioscience and (ii) Graduate Program in Toxicology, area of concentration: Toxicology. Additionally, the first area of concentration (Drugs) originated three new areas of concentration: (i) Chemistry and Biological Physics, (ii) Medicine and (iii) Cosmetics, Natural and Synthetic Products. Therefore, nowadays, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto has three Graduate Programs (listed below), all of them with both degrees: Master´s and Doctoral:

   1. Pharmaceutical Sciences, area of concentration: Chemistry and Biological Physics, (ii) Medicine and (iii) Cosmetics, Natural and Synthetic Products;

    2. Bioscience Applied to Pharmacy, area of concentration: Bioscience;

    3. Toxicology, area of concentration: Toxicology.

    Master´s and Doctorate degree courses comprise of both classes and research; the last being the main activity. Both degree courses are concluded with the oral and public defense of the dissertation or thesis in the presence of a committee which will approve it or not. The maximum length of time to conclude the Master´s degree course is 30 months, while the Doctorate degree course must be concluded within 48 months.

    All together, the research lines of the 3 Graduate Programs are comprehensive, comprising the main areas of the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Pharmaceutical Sciences Program is characterized by research topics related to pharmaceutical technology, including research and development of medicines, cosmetics, pharmaceutical processes; quality control; evaluation of the efficiency of medicines and cosmetics; production and chemical/biological evaluation of synthetic and natural products; crystallography and structural properties of macromolecules; fundamental processes in physical chemistry and molecular modeling. The research lines of the Bioscience applied to Pharmacy Program approach Life Sciences and includes experimental and clinical studies of the physiopathology of diseases, epidemiological and diagnostic investigation as well a therapeutic alternatives. The Toxicology Program has more specific research lines, which approach the subareas of the Toxicology: Experimental, Clinical and Analytical.

    One of the goals of the graduate Programs of our Institution is the internationalization, particularly through the establishment of partnerships with similar courses from abroad, as a means to exchange knowledge, experiences and acquire cultural and intellectual development. The agreements already settled between the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto - USP and a foreign institution are comprehensive and enable the interchange of professors and/or students for research and teaching purposes, as well as the attendance of courses in foreign institutions, with the mutual recognition of the credits and development of research projects in cooperation. The agreements also include the mutual recognition of the post graduate titles acquired in both institutions.