The Nanomed curriculum provides both theoretical and practical knowledge for 3 semesters (Semesters 1, 2 and 3, 30 ECTS each) combined with a traineeship (Semester 4, 30 ECTS).
Semester 1 (from September to January) will be dedicated to the “Introduction to pharmaceutical formulation: from classical forms to nanoparticles”. Training will either take place in Patras or in Paris and will concern the Basis of Pharmaceutical Technology, i.e. Biopharmacy aspects, formulation, production as well as the related controls. This first step provides the essential knowledge necessary to work in Pharmaceutical domains and to introduce innovative drug delivery systems as used in Nanomedicine.
At the very beginning of semester 1 (September), an introductory module will be offered to non-pharmacy students with a background in chemistry or biology. Considering that some specific knowledge in both domains is required to efficiently design and develop pharmaceutical forms and in particular Nanomedicines, basic courses on biology will be provided to Chemists and chemistry courses to Biologists.
Semester 2 courses (from February to March) will be held in Paris and will cover “Basic Nanomedicine and Advanced Biology”. The Basic Nanomedicine module is dedicated to the design of nanovectors for various administration routes as well as their subsequent characterization and evaluation (theoretical and practical courses). The Advanced Biology module concerns the study of biological and biotechnological medicinal products. A 3-months traineeship in one of the full partners’ laboratories (Angers, Paris, Patras or Pavia) will conclude this second semester (from April to June).
Each participating student will thus get the opportunity to share a common background in Drug Delivery and a serious introduction in Nanomedicine.
A two-weeks Summer School is organized at the end of semester 2 (July) in one of the four Universities (Paris, Angers, Patras or Pavia) to give students the opportunity to benefit from high quality conferences of an Invited Professor. During the Summer School students will also be in charge of organizing and participating in a two-days’ workshop. This workshop will give NANOMED students from first and second year as well as local PhD students the opportunity to present their research projects (oral and poster communications will be organized).
Semester 3 (from September to December) will be dedicated to the Advanced Nanomedicine part of the curriculum. It corresponds to the specialization of students by choosing a training option according to their professional project.
In Angers, “Strategy of Nanomedicine Development for Clinical Application” is training professionals to manage innovative research project with skills in pharmaceutical development (Quality by Design) and non-clinical development of Nanomedicine.
In Pavia, the training will be dedicated to the “Production and Biotechnology applications of Nanomedicine” providing students with in-depth knowledge on different biotech applications, regulation and production.
During the final traineeship period (Semester 4, 6 months from January to June), students will apply this new knowledge to the successful achievement of research and development projects on Nanomedicine in either an academic team or selected private companies.
During the two-days’ workshop held in July, 2nd year students will defend their Master thesis in front of an international committee composed of international experts, NANOMED professors as well as traineeship supervisors.
For more precise description of the educational content of each semester, please refer to the curriculum description, the link will be available in January.