Course units and programme of study

The programme of study is the set of compulsory and elective courses that the student must take in order to graduate.

Submission of the programme of study for your year of enrolment is compulsory and is required, in particular, for registration for examinations and for completion of the teaching evaluation questionnaires.

To see the list of courses that you can include in your programme of study, select the academic year of enrolment and, if available, the curriculum.

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List of courses


Programme of study: how it works and how to fill it in

The programme of study represents the set of educational activities (compulsory, elective, internship, final examination) planned for each year of the course.

All regular (ongoing) students are required to submit the programme each year. Students not completing the course within the prescribed time are exempt from completing the form.

Submission of the programme of study is compulsory and preparatory to subsequent career actions (e.g. electronic student file, registration for examinations, mark registration, student opinion survey).
The programme of study must be submitted online by logging in with your University credentials ( and password) on the Esse3 platform, selecting the item Programme of Study and entering the activities planned for the academic year you are currently attending or modifying the choices made in previous years (e.g. elective courses not yet passed).

If you would like support with the submission of programmes of study in the pharmaceutical field (Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology), you can send an e-mail to, specifying 'Programme of study' as the subject and, in the text, your name and surname, your registration number and the problem you encountered described in detail.

Deadlines for completing the programme of study

a.y. 2023/2024: from 16/10/2023 until 06/12/2023 and from 04/03/2024 until 05/04/2024.

Linguistic Eligibility and Recognition of External Language Certificates

The English language courses 'English B1' and 'English Language Proficiency B2' are delivered online by the University Language Centre.
On the portal of the University Language Centre: all information is available on:

  • Language courses and other activities offered by the University for the learning and practice of foreign languages,
  • Proficiency examinations (procedures and courses in preparation for the tests):,
  • Recognition of external language certificates.

T. +39 0521 905578

Safety course

Students must attend the online training course on safety in the workplace by connecting to and logging in with their University credentials.

The training is divided into three modules to be completed in succession. At the end of each module, a certificate is issued, which the student must print out and keep.

The three certificates must also be sent by e-mail to in order to obtain recognition of the ECTS credit to which the course entitles.

In order to attend the didactic workshops scheduled from the second year onwards, the student must hand in a copy of the three certificates to the lecturer at the beginning of the course.

Based on the State-Regions Agreement of 21 December 2011, the duration of the certificates is 5 years, with the exception of general training (module 1) which has no expiry.

The specific training relating to any activities of an experimental nature is the responsibility of the Heads of Teaching and Research Activities or of the external structures at which these activities are carried out, and must be formalised by the trainer [form], delivered to the student and communicated to the Department.


At the link Health and Safety Training you can find information on

  • How to access and complete the safety courses
  • Course in English
  • Validity of any previous certificates
  • Tutor contacts
  • Which training modules to follow

Elective course units

Students must dedicate 8 ECTS to the elective courses.

The elective courses can be included in the programme of study, through the ESSE3 platform, in the 2nd year (for a maximum of 4 ECTS) and in the 4th year until the 8 ECTS required have been completed.

It is possible to insert all the elective courses in the programme of study in the 4th year, and therefore not to insert them in the 2nd year, while it is not possible to insert in the 2nd year courses recommended for the 4th year.



The elective courses offered by the Course of Study for the academic year 2023-2024 are:

Activity Year Sem. ECTS Hours Teacher
Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds 2 2 3 24 Zanardi Franca
Use of databases for bibliographic research (1) 2 or 4 2 4 32 Rossi Alessandra
Speeding Up the Drug-Discovery Process: Advanced Techniques, Case Studies and
Development of an Innovative Project (2)
4 1 4 32 Radi Marco
Fundamentals of pharmaceutical preformulation 4 1 2 16 Bettini Ruggero
Introduction to Scientific Communication 4 1 2 16 Bettini Ruggero,
Lodola Alessio
Cosmetic Products (1) 4 1 5 40 Santi Patrizia
Clinical and Biochemical Analyses (1) 4 2 5 40 Ferrari Davide
Absorption of drugs: in vitro and ex vivo models 4 2 4 32 Padula Cristina, Bianchera Annalisa
Computer Skills 4 or 5 2 3 24 Zaglio Federica
Pharmaco–Vigilance (1) 4 2 5 40 Ballabeni Vigilio
Clinical Governance in Drug Treatment and Medical Device Use, Pharmacovigilance and
Device Vigilance (1)
4 2 3 24 De Luca Giulia
Molecular Oncology (1) 4 2 4 32 Petronini Pier Giorgio, Cavazzoni Andrea
Innovative Synthesis of Chiral Drugs 4 2 4 32 Curti Claudio, Battistini Lucia
Technology Transfer in the pharmaceutical industry 4 2 3 24 Gainotti Alessandro

(1) Activity borrowed from the degree course in Pharmacy
(2) The maximum number of students who may attend this elective course is ten - More information



The cross-curricular activities are aimed at providing students with an initial set of knowledge, skills and qualities to bridge the gap between the university and the world of work.
These activities are reserved for students in the 4th year with the exception of courses in:

  • [1011716] – Introduction to management and soft skills
  • [1011721] – Computer skills
  • [1011741] – Academic italian: soft-skills and language skills (reserved for students with DSA)

which 2nd year students can also enrol in.

The elective course "Quality Assurance in Education: Processes, Methods and Strategies in the University in Italy" may be freely included in the programme of study by all student representatives regardless of the year of enrolment, subject to a request being sent to the Student registry office.

The elective courses "Italian Language for Foreign Students" 1, 2 and 3 may be freely included in the programme of study by all non-native Italian speaking students regardless of the year of enrolment, subject to a request being sent to the Student registry office.

> Further information and list of activities offered



Students also have the possibility of choosing other training activities within and/or outside the Department. This option must be submitted to the Course Council for approval and definition of the relevant credits using this form.

Free-choice activities

Please note that university credits may also be recognized for free-choice activities, i.e. activities carried out in the SPORTING, CULTURAL, SOCIAL sphere, in accordance with the provisions of the current Didactic Regulations of the Degree Course in Art. 5, paragraph 3:


  • a maximum of 3 ECTS credits may be awarded for each type of activity;
  • the total sum of the ECTS credits relating to these activities, including the credit acquired for the Prevention and Safety at Work Training Course, may not exceed 50% of the ECTS credits reserved for free-choice activities,
  • to verify the possibility and the method of awarding ECTS credits for activities carried out in the SOCIAL field, it is essential to contact the Course of Study providing the activity (Social Work) and Careers and Services for Students in advance.

ECTS credits for free participation activities

Conscientious objection to animal experimentation for university students

It is possible to make a Declaration of Conscientious Objection to Animal Experimentation for University Students in accordance with Law no. 413 of 12 October 1993 "Regulations on Conscientious Objection to Animal Experimentation" (G.U. no. 244 of 16 October 1993).