Bachelor’s programme



Programme description

Would you like to become an expert on medicines?

As a pharmacist, you will learn how to manufacture medicines, how medicines work in the body and what they are used for. Would you like to use your knowledge to help patients use medicines correctly? Or perhaps you would like to work on quality assurance of pharmaceutical production in the pharmaceutical industry? With a Bachelor in you also have the option to continue studying for a master in pharmacy.

During your pharmacy studies you will be able to combine life sciences with health subjects and work with people. The programme features varied learning activities and close contact between the academic staff and students.

Our Bachelor of Pharmacy is offered at Namsos campus.

Career opportunities

With a bachelor's degree in pharmacy you can, in Norway, apply for authorization as a "reseptarfarmasøyt". Reseptarfarmasøyter are healthcare professionals with specialist expertise relating to the manufacture, quality assurance, use and effects of medicines. Mark that most other countries require you to take a Master's degree in pharmacy (authorized as "provisorfarmasøyt" in Norway) to gain authorization as a pharmacist. Pharmacists may work in pharmacies, hospitals, the primary health service and the pharmaceuticals industry, or for wholesalers.

The programme includes four months of supervised practical training. Please see the course description for Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice for further details.

Admission to the programme requires higher education entrance qualifications.

Applicants who do not have higher education entrance qualifications and are 25 years of age or older may apply for admission on the basis of prior learning and work experience. A certificate or good conduct is required.

Special admission requirements

Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 + S2) and Chemistry 1 + either Physics 1 or Biology 1 or Chemistry 2.

Would you like to study or have an internship abroad?

As a pharmacy student, you can apply to go on exchange during the fifth semester. You can go to Finland or Portugal, and we are working on developing more exchange agreements all over the world. Please contact the International advisor at the Faculty: for more information on which universities we have agreements with, or you can order a meeting concerning exchange her. You can also read more about your exchange possibilites her.

In order to go on exchange, you need to have passed all exams that has been arranged so far in your education, before you can go. All grades achived in the study program are used to calculate the weighted mean grade.

International students may attend selected courses during the fifth semester. If international students attend, the teaching in these courses will be in English.

A Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy will provide the foundation for a Master’s degree in Pharmacy at the NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and UiT (University of Tromsø). Upon completion of the master's degree, students can apply for authorization as a provisorfarmasøyt. The requirements for the master of pharmacy are described in EU Directive 2013/55/EU.

The bachelor programme also qualifies graduates to undertake a number of other master's studies that require a 3-year bachelor’s degree in health for admittance, e.g. a master’s degree in practical knowledge or a master in health sciences at Nord University. Please contact the study supervisor if you have questions in this respect. The following website,, will provide you with insight into what it's like to be a pharmacy student, the job opportunities that are available and places offering pharmacy studies in Norway.


The candidate

has in-depth knowledge of the origins and chemical and physical properties of key substances

has broad knowledge of the composition and manufacture of key types of pharmaceuticals, as well as their physical, chemical and biopharmaceutical properties

has broad knowledge of the effects, side effects and use of medicines in the prevention and treatment of physical and mental illnesses

has knowledge about the choice and execution of key analytical methods for pharmaceuticals

has knowledge of how prescription and use of veterinary medicines can help to ensure good animal health and food safety

has knowledge about the history of pharmacy and the professional role of the pharmacist

is familiar with national and global public health challenges


The candidate

is able to use their academic knowledge to identify and manage pharmaceutical problems, supervise and facilitate user participation when dispensing medicines and selling medical equipment and other pharmacy products

is able to use relational, communication and supervisory skills to understand, interact with and supervise users, patients, relatives, students and healthcare personnel who are in the process of learning, mastering or changing processes, including being able to motivate and contribute towards shared decision making and self-care

is able to use, maintain and acquire new knowledge, critically assess information and undertake professional assessments, decisions and actions in accordance with evidence-based practice

is able to use basic mathematical, statistical and epidemiological methods to investigate practical and theoretical pharmaceutical issues

is able to master independent and safe provision of services in accordance with statutes, regulations and professional ethical guidelines

is able to master relevant laboratory techniques, including the manufacture of sterile and non-sterile medicines

is able to reflect upon their own professional practice, and can modify this as a result of supervision and feedback

is able to provide pharmaceutical services that ensure the correct use of medicines and patient safety

General competence

The candidate

has insight into and is able to identify, reflect on and address ethical issues in pharmaceutical professional practice, show respect for the users of pharmaceutical services and provide guidance that safeguards the integrity and rights of users

has insight into and an understanding of how pharmacovigilance, quality systems and quality and improvement work contribute towards the safe use of medicines and enhanced patient safety

has digital expertise with insight into e-health, welfare technology and digital security, and is able to assist in the development of and use suitable technology at both the individual and system level

is able to convey their pharmaceutical knowledge to all relevant groups, and is able to initiate, plan and implement interdisciplinary and interprofessional cooperation

is familiar with innovative thinking and innovation processes and is able to contribute towards service innovation, entrepreneurship and systematic and quality-enhancing work processes

In addition to the semester fees and course literature, students are expected to provide their own laptops, webcams and headphones. Students must obtain their own laboratory coats, suitable shoes for laboratory work and a calculator approved for the study programme.Students must expect some expenses in connection with their supervised practical training and exchange visits, if applicable. Please see the relevant guidelines on cost-sharing/co-payment.