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Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


UFRGS Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Facfar) was the first academic unit at UFRGS, founded on September 29th, 1895.

At that time, the School of Pharmacy was the second free academic course of its area in the country. This pioneer spirit led to the implementation of the Graduate Program in Pharmacy in 1970, making it the first Masters Course in the field of Medicine in Brazil.

In 1992, the Doctorate Program began and, in 2000, the Graduate Specialization Course in Clinical analysis was instituted, together with Porto Alegre’s Clinical Hospital (Hospital de Clínicas).

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences also has international scientific-academic cooperation with Universities worldwide, including Germany, The United States, France and The Netherlands. The Faculty is also integrated into the Mercosul Academic System through the Association of Montevideo Group Universities.

Since its foundation, the interaction between the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the community has been a priority of the Unit. The Faculty has established partnerships with governmental sectors in the field of health, on federal, state and municipal levels, in addition to attending to specific demands in the area of clinical analyses and newborn screening.

Graduate Programs

Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program (PPGCF)

Research Branches:

  1. Investigation of Therapeutic Targets and Biomarkers.
  2. Prospection, Synthesis and Biological Assessment of Molecules of Pharmaceutical Interest.
  3. Development, Quality Evaluation and Use of Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Raw Materials and Products.

Academic Master’s Degree

PPGCF/UFRGS, created in 1970 only as an Academic Master’s Program and later accredited by the Federal Education Board in 1973, pioneered the field of drug and medicine investigation in Brazil. By August 2010, 374 students had graduated in this course. The program requires physical on-site presence, requiring 12 to 24 months to be completed. Students must present a master´s thesis in order to receive the degree.

Professional Master´s Degree

There are two Professional Master’s Degrees at PPGCF: Pharmaceutical Care Management and Technological Development and Quality Control of Pharmaceutical Products. The Course was accredited by UFRGS and by the Ministry of Education, and was recognized by CAPES in 2002. It must be completed by physical on-site attendance, concentrated periodically throughout the year – usually one week a month – and the final project or master’s thesis is designed to focus on specific issues in the student’s work place experience.

Doctorate Degree

The doctoral course began its activities in 1992. By August 2010, 73 Doctors had graduated from the Program. Today, there are about 60 doctorate students enrolled in the program. The program requires physical on-site presence, requiring 24 to 48 months for completion. In order to receive the degree students must defend a doctoral dissertation before an evaluating committee and be approved.

Teaching and Research


  • Phytochemistry
  • Pharmacotechnique
  • Medicinal Organic Synthesis
  • Biochemistry
  • Homeopathic Pharmacotechnique
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Biochemical analysis
  • Botanic
  • Parasitological analysis
  • Cosmetic
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Immunological analysis
  • Vegetal Biotechnology


The research projects accomplished in the Faculty of Pharmacy represent a big step forward in the pharmaceutical area, both in medication development and in clinical analysis.





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