The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an educational and research institution of international standing, which has close ties with Icelandic industry and society. Despite being small in size, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a vibrant and highly valued research and teaching unit; in fact it is one of the most productive of the University's Faculties. Courses are taught in Icelandic, but most textbooks are in English. However, a fairly large number of exchange students take part of their studies at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Majority of those exchange students are well advanced in their studies and come to Iceland for research.
"The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences emphasises teaching methods that encourage the independence and initiative of students. Studies in pharmaceutical sciences are based in part on practical training, project work and problem solving, where students and teachers work closely together with great potential for creative collaboration. Students within the faculty are given opportunities to partake in research projects led by faculty teachers and their colleagues, both locally and abroad," says Elín Soffía Ólafsdóttir, Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.