Key facts
state examination
8 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Content and structure

Pharmacy is the science of medicinal products. The study programme focuses on the effectiveness, development, production, testing, storage, dispensing, and risk assessment of medicinal products, as well as information and counselling on medicinal products and in the field of health care. In addition, legal and clinical aspects are taught. Both the training and the practice of the profession of pharmacist are regulated by the Approbationsordnung für Apotheker (Licensing Regulations for Pharmacists, AAppO). The university degree leads to a state examination, in Jena also to a diploma for those interested in research. The study programme includes the five major areas of pharmaceutical/medical chemistry, pharmaceutical biology, pharmaceutical technology / biopharmacy, pharmacology/toxicology, and clinical pharmacy. The university programme is divided into two study sections (each lasting two years), followed by a twelve-month professional internship, at least half of which you must complete in a public pharmacy. The practical training and thus the entire training to become a pharmacist is completed when you pass the third section of the Pharmaceutical Examination. After successfully completing your studies, you can apply for a licence to practise as a pharmacist, i.e. a state licence to practise in pharmacies. It is valid throughout Germany and is recognized within the EU.

Please note: From the winter semester 2024/25, the results of the admission test for the Pharmacy programme (PhaST)External link will be considered both in the Aptitude Quota and the University of Jena’s Selection Procedure.

Changes in the award procedure since the winter semester 2020/21

Please note that the allocation procedures in the study programmes with nationwide admission restrictions for Friedrich Schiller University Jena have changed significantly since the winter semester 2020/21. You can find information on the allocation procedure here de.

Special characteristics in Jena

When studying Pharmacy in Jena, the small to medium-sized training units and the personal and spatial proximity between students and scientific staff allow for excellent educational results in above-average study times: In the nationwide ranking, Pharmacy in Jena traditionally occupies the top places. There is very good, individual contact with assistants and professors.


Pharmacists work in public pharmacies, in hospital pharmacies, in the pharmaceutical industry, in chemical and drug investigation offices, in administration, with specialised publishers, in environmental hygiene and environmental protection as well as in teaching at universities and technical colleges.

Personal requirements

The study of pharmacy requires a high willingness to perform, enjoyment of laboratory work, great commitment and a high degree of independence in working on the lecture and practical material. You should have sociability, social intelligence and language skills, since as a pharmacist you will primarily be dealing with people. Reliability, accuracy and diligence are just as important as a high sense of responsibility.

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification

A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

language requirements

At the moment of application, you have to prove your knowledge of the German language at level DSH-2 (German Language Test for Admission to Higher Educationpdf, 61 kb · de). You cannot start your studies at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena if you have only passed the DSH-1 exam! The following certificates accredited by the German Rectors Conference will be recognized as equivalents:

  • Goethe Certificate C2 (GDS)
  • German Language Diploma Level II of the KMK (DSD II)
  • TestDaF, at least TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination
  • telc Certificate C1 German for Higher Education
  • German exam as part of the assessment test at a Studienkolleg

If you do not have sufficient knowledge of German yet, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers you a preparatory language course for the DSH exam. To attend the course, your German knowledge must be at least on level B1.


Subject-specific academic advisory service - Dr Andreas Seeling
Subject-specific academic advisory service - Sandra Döhler
State examination office for academic health professions
Pharmacy Student Council
Central Student Advisory Service
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat or telephone. Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
Videochat Passwort
Student Service Centre
Opening hours:
Monday 10 - 12
Tuesday 13 - 15
Wednesday 10 - 12
Thursday 13 - 15
Friday 10 - 12

Updates / adjustments may occur at any time. Thank you for your understanding!

We currently provide advice and handle your concern solely also via phone and service desk.

You can reach us by phone
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena
International Office - Stay abroad
University Main Building
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena