Doctorate in Pharmacy



The Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm D.) is a level 8 degree offered by the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta, Malta, in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), USA. The Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta enjoys a long-standing history of experience in clinical pharmacy education and research while the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois in Chicago ranks among the top colleges of pharmacy in the USA. This course is unique in that it combines the development and application of advanced clinical pharmacy skills with contextual research. Taught study-units are delivered jointly by both Universities.


Career Prospects

This course was developed to provide for the rapidly growing niche in pharmacy, related to a professional doctorate in clinical pharmacy. The programme is a means to develop professionals with a research-oriented approach and with skills in advanced clinical pharmacy practice. The course is targeted at pharmacists working in hospitals, primary-care, community pharmacy, regulatory sciences and administrative settings who would like to advance their careers by empowering their professional skills in policy making areas to take up leadership roles that will drive policies, developments in practice and service provision which draw on a scientific evidence base.


Academic Degree

Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded the Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm D.) from the University of Malta.

Candidates who complete successfully 90 ECTS and do not wish to proceed further are awarded a, Master degree in Advanced clinical pharmacy from University of Malta.


 Students during lectures

Delivery and Duration

Teaching faculty includes professors from University of Illinios at Chicago and the University of Malta.

The Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm D.) is spread over three years of study, commencing in October and spanning a total of six semesters. The first year of study is mainly composed of taught units with the second and third years based primarily on research and clinical experience.

The entire programme is held in Malta and is delivered by using a blended learning model that includes in-class lectures, in-class videoconferencing sessions, and practice-based learning.


Admission Requirements and Registration

  • Pharmacy degree from a recognised institution
  • Documentation of ability to practice as a pharmacist
  • English language competency - for more details click here.


Academic Taught Programme 

The course programme is based on a hybrid model of teaching including online teaching, campus and practice-based teaching along with a research component. The taught elements integrate learning experience with the assessment and the contextualization in the professional life of the student. During the practice-based teaching, students have the opportunity to discuss and apply the knowledge to real case scenarios with the guidance of experienced specialists.

  • Pharmacotherapeutic
  • Drug information and statistics
  • Principles of pharmacoeconomics
  • Health systems in USA and Europe

Clinical Experience will be provided through clinical rotations based in different pharmacy settings including hospital, ambulatory care and community pharmacy. 

Research component will introduce the student to conduct a research project which includes literature analysis, fieldwork and data interpretation.


Academic Co-ordinators 

Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi – Department of Pharmacy- University of Malta]

Professor Alan Lau – College of Pharmacy University of Illinios at Chicago



In academic year 2017/8, the Medicines Authority will be offering again scholarship as trainee-ship opportunities, on a contract for service basis, for University students undertaking, or committed to undertake, MQF Level 8 studies including the Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. In line with the Framework for Education Strategy For Malta 2014-2024, and following the success of this  initiative, the Authority aims to extend this opportunity.  


Tuition Fee

EU - Sem1 + Sem2

Year 1 - €2,500 + €2,500

Year 2 - €2,250 + €2,250

Year 3 - €2,250 + €2,250

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Non-EU - Sem 1 + Sem2

Year 1 - €6,750 + €6,750

Year 2 - €6,000 + €6,000

Year 3 - €6,000 + €6,000 

For further information about the course overview and application, kindly click here

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