Complementary programme for pharmacists

If you have a foreign degree in pharmacy and want to work as a licensed pharmacist in Sweden, the complementary programme is a way of achieving a Swedish licence.

Uppsala University and Gothenburg University will organise the complementary programmes for pharmacists. The programmes are not ready yet, but are still being developed. Working groups at Uppsala University and Gothenburg University are in close contact with each other to develop similar programmes.


The complementary programme takes about one year and consists of courses taught via distance learning. The programme ends with a course in Swedish laws and regulations, and an internship at a pharmacy organised by the university. The programme will take longer to undergo than the aptitude test but offers more help and support.

When does the complementary programme start?

The complementary programme starts in autumn 2017.

Where does the complementary programme take place?

The complementary programme is a distance learning education and teaching is mostly web-based. A few times per semester, you have to come to Uppsala.

How do I apply for the complementary programme?

You have to apply for the complementary programme since there are a limited number of students who can participate each semester. Applications are made online via the Swedish web page The online application opens in March.

Contact and more information

If you have you read the information on the web and still have questions about the proficiency test or complementary programme, you can contact us via email. This web page is continuously updated with the latest information.

Shima Momeni
Licenced pharmacist
Projekt manager for the complementary programme and proficiency test for foreign pharmacists

More information

Information from the National Board of Health and Welfare about personal identity number, residence permit and Swedish licence.