Studying Pharmacy is a dream for numerous students around the world. For those who aim Germany as an international experience offering great study environments, innovative and accessible practice laboratories, highly grated professors and researchers and low tuition costs the choice won’t bring any regrets. Pharmacy is an important part of the healthcare chain presenting a broad job market for those who successfully accomplish the title and right to be part of this ginormous circuit. According to Zeit Online rankings for the year 2013/2014, several criteria chosen carefully are presented in order to choose for the best German University to study Pharmacy. Among the pool of standards expected to be met, I chose the following five in order to come up with a list of best accomplished Universities in Germany to study Pharmacy.
- Laboratories – Students in Medicine and Natural Sciences assessed the availability and state of laboratory workstations.
- Support for stays abroad – Students assessed the attractiveness of the exchange programme, the attractiveness of the partner universities, the sufficiency of the number of exchange places, support and guidance in preparing the stay abroad, financial support (scholarships, exemption from study fees), the accreditation of studies performed abroad and the integration of the stay abroad into studies (no time loss caused by stay abroad).
- Research Reputation – Which tertiary institutions are the leading ones according to the opinion of the professors in research? Naming the own tertiary institution was not taken into consideration.
- Study Organization – Students assessed amongst other things the completeness of the courses offered in respect of the study regulations, the access opportunities to compulsory events and the co-ordination of the courses offered with the examination regulations
- Job Market Preparation – Students assessed the programs offered by their college to promote the relevance to the professional field and jobs market. This includes information events on professional fields and the jobs market, specific programs and lectures to provide job relevant and subject comprehensive qualifications, support in looking for work placements, arranging Diplom work subjects in co-operation with the world of work help when looking for a job after completing studies.
Zeit Online based the criteria on the students, alumni and professor judgments randomly questioned as well as fact and accurate data. The following list comprises of eight German Universities that popped to meet the selected criteria with flying colors, making for this year’s best choice to study the designated field.
Pharmacy has been taught at TU Braunschweig since 1835. Today, the campus hosts over 600 pharmacy students. It is one of largest centers of pharmacy among German universities and the only one in the state of Lower Saxony. The study of pharmacy centers around the scientific bases of medical drugs ranging from the preparation of bioactive substances, their chemical analysis and pharmaceutical formulation to their effects on humans. Students also gain insight into different aspects of current research carried out at the pharmaceutical institutes under the common research focus “Bioactive molecules and drug development”. Major research themes include, for example, rational drug design, molecular pharmacology of cardiovascular diseases, and the development of colloidal microparticlesas drug delivery systems and the biotechnology of bioactive compounds from plants.
Philipps-Universität is not only a German university drenched in tradition, but also the oldest university in the world. It started as a Protestant institution in 1527. For nearly five centuries now the University has served as THE place of research and teaching. Currently there are nearly 25,000 students studying in Marburg of which 12 percent come from all over the world. Except for the engineering departments, the University hosts almost all the other scientific fields of study. The different disciplines are assigned to different faculties. Philipps-Universität is considered to be the cradle of prosperity and emancipation in the Marburg region of Germany.
Founded in 1456, the University of Greifswald was and is one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe taking pride in decades of tradition. Over 12,000 students from all over the world receive the most modern academic guide ways and exciting research opportunities in a learning- friendly environment. Research priorities at the University of Greifswald are in the life sciences, physics and geosciences, cultural interaction in the Baltic/Nordic region, as well as law and economics. The students engage in inter-disciplinary collaborations across faculties and aim for excellence in both research and teaching.
Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programs, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy. In the department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy, 32 professors are involved in research and teaching. They are supported by 215 permanent members of staff and are involved in teaching for more than 1.850 undergraduate and 500 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in four different subjects: Pharmacy, Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Among the great study conditions and circumstances the University of Freiburg offers a great practical approach to its students. The pharmaceutical bioinformatics lab at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences develops algorithms and software for pharmaceutical research. The fields of research at this institution include the modeling of molecular interactions, prediction of biological effects of molecules, and identification of potential new drug agents. Also, different reactions and effects of therapeutics can be analyzed and explained. A further area of work in the lab is the evaluation of the vast amounts of data, produced by up-to-date measurement methods and processes of systems biology.
Situated in the city of Kiel Germany, the University of Kiels foundations go way back 1665. The institution was found and established as the Academia Holsatorum Chiloniensis by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. There are approximately 24,000 students studying in the University of Kiel today. The University of Kiel is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The Institute of Pharmacy belongs to the department of Pharmacy and is divided into the sub-departments Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics and Bio pharmaceutics.
Interdisciplinary research training is the key to the success of tomorrow’s life scientists, as the motto of the University states. The University of Würzburg provides a world class environment of research institutions, which have a long and successful tradition of cooperation across faculties. The Graduate School of Life Science results from a common initiative of the Faculties of Biology, Medicine, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Physics, and Philosophy. It is this interdisciplinary spirit that propelled Würzburg to among the top four German Universities in the Life Sciences.
The Institute of Pharmacy at Freie Universität Berlin is one of the largest pharmaceutical training facilities in Germany. In Berlin-Brandenburg Freie Universität is the only university that has the discipline of pharmacy. Teaching and research are carried out in the fields of pharmaceutical biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical pharmacy, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical technology. The institute focuses on drug development and testing, the analysis of natural substances, alternative testing methods, and innovative drug delivery systems.