Pharmacy Master’s Program

Vision and Mission | Aim and Target | Curriculum

Master’s program in pharmacy has been started in 1980, but the Pharmacy Master’s Program was officially opened on October 23rd, 1993 (based on the Decree of Director General for Higher Education (589/Dikti/Kep/1993)). As a continuing education program for undergraduates, the academic master’s program can be oriented to either academic or professional activity.

The aim of the Pharmacy Master’s Program is to produce highly skilled graduates in pharmaceutical science and/or pharmacy profession with the capability to develop science and professional skills independently and continuously in a larger scope, the conscience in the essence and excellence of interdisciplinary science, and the ability to apply their skills to the people and the nation.

Besides the regular program, the Master’s Program of School of Pharmacy ITB has a special program in collaboration with pharmaceutical industry. The program is aimed to improve the research and development of pharmaceutical industry in Indonesia.

Master’s Degree Subprogram and Its Graduate Competencies

There are four different subprograms in the Pharmacy Master’s Program, and each subprogram has its own standard for the graduate competencies. However, the four subprograms also set an integrated standard in pharmacy for the graduates because they are expected to develop pharmaceutical science in the various pharmacy-related fields.

The current subprograms of the master’s degree in the School of Pharmacy are


Including Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Food Analysis  & Safety, and Medicinal Chemistry.

Graduate competencies:

  1. Able to design, plan, and develop the method for drug, cosmetic, and food analysis by working independently or in a group.
  2. Able to browse and dig information required to identify, analyze, and find the solution for the chemical, physicochemical, and microbiological problems in drug, cosmetic, and food analysis.
  3. Able to participate in drug, cosmetic, and food standardization.
  4. Able to participate in the discovery and development of chemical compounds in drug, cosmetic, and food.


Including Pharmaceutical Technology, Biopharmacy, Pharmacokinetic, and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

Graduate competencies:

  1. Able to design, plan, and conduct research in pharmaceutics, and evaluate the results by working independently or in a group.
  2. Able to identify the problems in the formulation, technology, and quality evaluation of the pharmaceutical dosage form, including the aspects in biopharmacy and pharmacokinetics (problem preventing) and able to find the solution for the aforementioned problems (problem solving).
  3. Able to design and conduct the standardization of drugs and other pharmaceutical dosage forms to fulfill the required quality standards.

Graduate competencies for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology:

  1. Able to identify problems in the production and quality control of pharmaceutical biotechnology products and able to find the solution for those problems.
  2. Able to design, plan, and conduct research in the field of pharmaceutical biotechnology, and evaluate its results.
  3. Able to follow, review, and assess the development in biotechnology with a molecular approach in the various fields of pharmacy (therapeutic product, vaccine, and diagnostic).

Natural Product Pharmacy

Graduate competencies:

  1. Able to develop the method for analysis of the active compound, originated from natural resources, in the single (metabolite) form or in the group of compounds.
  2. Able to develop the extraction method and isolation from natural resources.
  3. Able to develop the methods to standardize the active ingredients and dosage forms from natural resources.
  4. Able to develop the methods to increase the production of secondary metabolite using plant tissue culture and other biotechnology techniques.
  5. Able to contribute to the discovery of superior plant varieties and to develop the methods to identify new potency of known plants.
  6. Able to participate in the development of drugs from natural resources.


Graduate competencies:

  1. Able to study and evaluate the activity, efficacy, side effect, toxic effect, and drug interaction between herbal medicines/syntetic drugs with other compounds and with the environment.
  2. Able to develop the field of pharmacology-toxicology and develop new methods in the pharmacology evaluation
  3. Able to translate the results of experimental pharmacology-toxicology into clinical aspects.
  4. Able to actively participate in the standardization and policy of drugs/health.
  5. Able to choose and provide the information about drugs and other health products.

The academic background requirements for admission to each subprogram are

Pharmacochemistry Bachelor of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Technology
Pharmaceutics Bachelor of Pharmacy, Pharmacist
suboption Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Bachelor of Pharmacy, Biology, Chemistry, Medicine
Natural Product Pharmacy Bachelor of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biology, Agriculture
Pharmacology-Toxicology Bachelor of Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biology