Program structure and mobility

The Master is structured in:

  • two semesters in Italy and one semester in either Spain or Germany, according to whether the intellectual inclination of the student is towards preclinical or clinical research. Basic, background information will be provided by University professors, but testimonials from the productive world will be heavily relied upon to provide up-to-date and valuable information to transit to the industrial environment and to make an impact in the R&D arena. All semesters also include practical work. Depending on the semester and the option taken by the student, practicals will be in synthetic and extractive chemistry, pharmaceutical technology, biotechnology, pre-clinical and clinical pharmacology.


  • three thematic workshops focused on transferrable skills. The workshops will be mainly conducted by professionals transmitting hands-on experience on specific topics and will be the occasion to create a network with the productive sector. Indeed, representatives of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors will also attend these workshops. The three workshops will be on the description of the reference markets, on communication and job seeking skills and on the development of their entrepreneurship skills. The workshops will also be the culminating moment for project work that has been carried out during the previous semester.


  • six-month research project either in academia or industry. The project will be mentored by one of the staff of the Master but the activities will be tailored to the ambitions of the student, and will therefore be carried out either at one of the three Universities, in a different University or in industry. The work carried out will be the subject of the thesis that the student will be expected to write and discuss for his final degree.


Therefore, students will have the opportunity to live in at least two countries, interact with other cohorts and travel as highlighted by the following mobility scheme:

The preliminary program is as follows:

Semester 1, UPO

  • Anatomy and molecular physiology of skin and appendages
  • The pillars of drug discovery and development

Semester 2, UPO

  • Case Study and Project Management
  • Principles of dermatological symptoms and of skin aging
  • General principles of drug and cosmetic regulation
  • Strategies for the synthesis or extraction of novel compounds and formulation

Semester 3, HU

  • Designing a clinical trial
  • Methodologies of clinical trials, planning and statistics
  • Bioethics
  • Clinical monitoring and Clinical regulatory and quality compliance issues world-wide;
  • Medical writing and data extraction;
  • Laboratory work for diagnostic and research parameters in dermatological diseases.

Semester 3, UMH

  • Starting up a company: the Business Plan ;
  • Cosmetic and dermatological products on the market; from molecular biology to market;
  • In vitro skin models for testing and evaluation;
  • Screening in vitro and in vivo validation of compounds, including pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and toxicological aspects;
  • What is intellectual property and how to protect it
  • Pre-clinical regulatory and quality compliance issues world-wide

Semester 4, UPO, UMH or HU

  • Elective Research Project: associated with the University of the supervisor

Last modified: September 26, 2018