Founded in 1955, the Faculty of Pharmacy offers degree programmes at undergraduate (M.Sc., Dr Pharm), postgraduate and PhD levels. Teaching currently takes place in Hungarian and English, while a German-language programme is set to launch in September 2011.
There is an excessive demand for admission to the Faculty every year, and a large number of gifted students enrol, who have already achieved success at high school science competitions. This includes, for example, the gold medallist of the 2010 Chemistry Olympiad held in Tokyo, Japan, which drew participants from 68 countries. Talented students are rapidly integrated into research projects under the guidance of dedicated supervisors and take part in student research conferences at the University, and at national, and international levels. These students often proceed to PhD School, where they become devoted scientists.
Graduates of Semmelweis University’s Pharmacy programme have numerous career opportunities to choose from. Whether these professional pharmacists decide to seek employment in public or hospital pharmacies, the pharmaceutical industry, health authorities, regulatory agencies, or academia, statistics show that they generally obtain their desired job within 21 days of graduation.
Research, Development and Innovation
The Faculty of Pharmacy has been a research-oriented unit of higher education ever since its foundation. Fundamental research produces some 120 original peer-reviewed papers annually with an impact factor of 200, headed usually by Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology. Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Technology, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacognosy are also well-represented in these statistics.
Research work is based upon state-of-the-art instrumentation, including a 600 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, mass spectrometers, various hyphenated separation instruments, animal facilities, library, and computational platforms, and are supported by national and European funds.
Drug development and innovation traditionally take place in collaboration with industrial partners. New types of drug formulations, such as gastro-retentive tablets of enhanced bioavailability, bone implants, and others have recently been elaborated and patented with assistance from advancements in nanotechnology.
The Faculty is involved in several international collaborations in research and education, both in Europe and overseas. Today especially, strong ties exist with the University of California, the Catholique University of Leuven, and Imperial College, London.
Highlight of Accomplishments
The Nobel laureate János Harsányi received his Pharmacy diploma from our Faculty, two original drug molecules (deprenyl and vinpocetin) were discovered through the participation of our professors, and several new pharmacy-related, species-specific physicochemical parameters have been introduced, developed and utilised here, just to name a few of our noteworthy accomplishments.