Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Bronze statue of
Dr. NAGAI Nagayoshi


Practice of Pharmacognosy

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Tokushima University was founded in 1922 originally as the Department of Pharmaceutical Technochemistry of the Tokushima Higher Technical School.

In an inaugural address as the first president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Dr. NAGAI Nagayoshi, a native of Tokushima who is world-famous for the discovery of Ephedrine, said that one of the directions that pharmaceutical sciences in Japan should take is the innovative creation of new drugs.

In order to achieve this objective, Dr. NAGAI helped to found Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.(now Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd.), as a pharmaceutical company for implementation of national policy, and the Department of Pharmaceutical Technochemistry of the Tokushima Higher Technical School as a suitable educational institution.

With this history, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has pursued education and research from the special perspective of drug discovery based on a tradition as Japan's only national university pharmaceutical sciences department originating with an engineering background, and boasts a large roster of alumni who have distinguished themselves in industry, academia, and government.

School of Pharmaceutical Technosciences


The four-year course of the School of Pharmaceutical Technosciences provides basic and special subjects for training outstanding researchers with the potential to lead the world in a wide variety of life sciences including pharmaceutical sciences. Graduating in the four-year course with Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, students are strongly recommended to go on to the Graduate School and to take the Course of Pharmaceutical Sciences consisting of two-year master’s and three-year doctoral programs with the aim of obtaining sophisticated pharmaceutical knowledge. Subsequent career paths include academics and researchers in the pharmaceutical, food, and chemical industries. Due to the close relationship between research and education, participation in high-level research provides graduate students with a quality education. Through practical study under talented academic staff, students can play an active role in diverse fields.

School of Pharmacy


The School of Pharmacy provides a six-year educational program for pharmacists, featuring the newly introduced five-month training periods at a hospital or pharmacy. This practical training functions as a platform for the development of the ethical standards and communication skills required for a medical professional based on a wide variety of knowledge acquired through lecture programs. Bachelors of Pharmacy who graduate from the six-year course are expected to play an indispensable role as highly skilled pharmacists.

The founding principle of the School of Pharmacy is training talented people, who as medical personnel, will shoulder the tremendous burden of protecting the lives and health of the general populace. In order to educate the pharmacists that society requires, as well as equipping them with basic knowledge and technical skills, the School trains people to have a well-rounded humanity and a high regard for life. Another object is for our students to acquire the ability to contribute to advances in clinical pharmacy as “pharmacist-scientists” through graduation thesis research.