Objectives and competences

Medicinal Plants and Health of the Institute for Lifelong Learning (IL3) - University of Barcelona includes the knowledge, rigorous scientific research and the latest trends in phytotherapy, and provides global prestigious training as it gives the participant the tools and competences to distinguish between the different plant-based products on the market, with a concern for quality, efficiency and safety. In addition, it includes the regulations that govern the sector of medicinal plants and particularly stresses their labelling.

Basic information

TypePostgraduate courses
CertificateSpecialization diploma
Faculty or schoolInstitut de Formació Contínua IL3
Branch of knowledge
  • Pharmacy
Mode of deliveryDistance
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionSpanish
Enrolment fee:First year: 2.300,00 €
An increase of 10% is applied to the price, up to a maximum of € 70, as administration fee
In-company placement(s):No
Classes begin:11/11/2024
Master's degree course homepage http://www.il3.ub.edu/es/postgrado/postgrado-fitoterapia-plantas-medicinales-salud.html
ManagmentRisco Rodríguez, Ester
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesNo
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualification:Sí, amb crèdits pendents (10% o menys)

Objectives and competences


- Acquire a general understanding of the main morphological and chemical characteristics of medicinal plants, to provide more informed and more effective advice.
- To understand the benefits, limitations and risks of plant-based products.
- Acquire the professional competence to recommend and dispense phytotherapy products correctly and to guarantee the user's health and well-being.
- Learn the principal regulations in force in Spain and the European Union.
- Understand the labelling of phytotherapy products.
- Learn the current criteria for the quality, safety and effectiveness of plant-based drugs.
- Understand the characteristics of the main diseases that can be efficiently treated with phytotherapy, on the basis of scientific evidence.
- Learn to distinguish scientific evidence from popular beliefs about phytotherapy, and to learn to distinguish between the different plant-based products on the market, with a concern for quality, efficiency and safety.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

- Pharmacy and parapharmacy assistants.
- Professionals who work or who want to work in natural therapy establishments, herbalists, diet and nutrition centres and other related centres.
- Graduates in disciplines outside the health sciences and experimental sciences who have en specific interest in phytotherapy.

Access requirements and conditions

The course is also open to students with no prior university education, who will acquire the same knowledge and skills and receive a specific qualification for their learner group. Information on the access requirements and other conditions can be obtained from the course directors.


Contact us

Faculty or school where the course is taught

Address:Institut de Formació Contínua - UB
C/ Ciutat de Granada, 131

08018 - Barcelona
Email address:info@il3.ub.edu
Telephone:93 403 96 96
Observations:Online learning.

For further enquiries

Address:Instituto Forymat
C. de la Princesa, 41

28008 - Madrid
Email address:admision@il3.ub.edu
Telephone:91 559 27 86
Observations:Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., and Friday, from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

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