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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (4-year program)

To learn Sciences and Technologies for Pharmaceuticals,
the Environment and Human Health

The emphasis on new drug research has been one of the unique characteristics of Japanese pharmaceutical sciences since its dawn in the mid 19th Century (Meiji era). Graduates from Japanese pharmaceutical universities have contributed a great deal to human health through innovation of various excellent new drugs. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences succeeds this tradition, and has the aim to nurture specialists who engage in research, development, manufacturing and education of pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, hygiene methods and products and environmental protection methods and products. The curriculum of the Department is constructed accordingly.
Chemical substances studied in the Department relate them to biological activities on human, animal and other living creatures, irrespective of whether their actions are beneficial or unwanted. To learn about human body, diseases, and interactions between bioactive chemicals and functions of human body is the essential element of pharmaceutical sciences. With the increase of people's concern on health accompanying the progress of ageing society, the social expectation on the contribution by pharmaceutical graduates is increasing. The Department offers the opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to respond to this expectation.
Thirty undergraduate students are accepted to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences every year. Lectures and lessons are given to a small number of students with intimate guidance by teaching staffs. In the pre-graduation research program scheduled in the fourth year, each student is given his(her) own study subject for exploration.
Through this program, students will develop the problem-solving ability as a pharmaceutical scientist. With the progress of international harmonization of drug regulation, pharmaceutical industry is oriented toward global activities. The training of communication skills using not limited to Japanese language, but also foreign languages will help students be among members of scientist and technologist in the industry around the world.

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences

For students to facilitate their direction search of their own future professional life earlier, various programs have been set place in the first year, such as, on-site introductory laboratory practices within the Department, visit to pharmaceutical companies including meeting with their seniors, etc.

Preparatory Education for Pharmaceutical Sciences

In accordance with the "Model Core Curriculum for Pharmaceutical Education" issued by the Pharmaceuitical Society of Japan, students are requested to take classes of liberal arts such as social sciences, and languages and culture, so that they become a well rounded professionals in healthcare services. Students learn these disciplines together with those in other school and faculties at Keio's Hiyoshi Campus.

Education Specialized in Pharmaceutical Sciences

In addition to the introductory education program, students study the fundamental and necessary sciences for health, environment and drugs, jointly with students of the Department of Pharmacy, such as life sciences, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, natural products chemistry, etc. The programs specific to the Faculty which include the curriculum in the health and environment, mechanisms of drug action, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, pharmaceutics, drug development, etc. Pharmacotherapeutics are also included as lessons of choice.

Advanced Research Training

The programs in the second and third year are planned for initial training as experimental researchers. Students will gain the ability of scientific and logical thinking through reviewing of scientific papers, laboratory experiment, presentation and discussion. The core process to be trained is an elaboration of a hypothesis, planning of experimental procedure for verifying the hypothesis, execution of experiment, analysis of the result, and interpretation of the result.

On-Site Training before Graduation

This program is designed at the beginning of the fourth (final) year. Each student is given an individual subject to study under the guidance of the teaching staffs. Students are given appropriate themes, and concentrate on laboratory experiments throughout the year.

Proceed to Graduate Studies

Engaging in jobs immediately after completion of the undergraduate course is one choice for undergraduate students. Finding jobs after experiencing research in the graduate school is another choice. The latter process is very important for those who want to be researchers in universities or industries.
Many students in the Department enter the graduate school after they complete the undergraduate course. "The skipping" rule can be applied to a limited number of students in the end of their third year. A Student judged as excellent and capable enough to initiate their graduate research are allowed to proceed to the master course of graduate school without spending another year as an undergraduate.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (4-year program)

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