Medical Chemistry, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    13280 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
Medical chemistry is an interdisciplinary programme in the borderline territory between chemistry and pharmacy. This Medical Chemistry programme is offered by the University of Southern Denmark.


Teaching in the Medical chemistry programme is greatly influenced in the latest research in chemical materials and their application in pharmaceuticals.

Career opportunities

As a medical chemist you have job openings in both the pharmaceutical industry, the healthcare sector or at universities and other research institutions.

This Medical Chemistry programme is offered by the University of Southern Denmark. The Master programme in Medical chemistry supplements your Bachelor's degree with chemistry courses such as spectroscopy and molecular modelling, as well as a variety of courses in medical and biological chemistry, specialising you in the development of new medicines.

During the second semester of the programme, you can do elective courses at SDU or other universities in Denmark or abroad. You also have the option of conducting a research project in close cooperation with a business.

In the final year of the programme, you write your Master's thesis. You will typically be assigned to a research team at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy or at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The thesis can also be completed in collaboration with external partners. The thesis has a scope of 60 ECTS, equivalent to a year's full-time work. You complete the project with an academic paper and an oral defence.

A vibrant study environment

A graduate programme at SDU is much more than courses, classes and lectures.

A strong education programme is one that integrates academic and social experiences to maximise learning and personal development. Therefore, at SDU, you find not only a place to study, but a place to cultivate new friendships and pursue co-curricular activities

Accordingly, SDU in Odense gathers most departments under the same roof. On campus you will also find the university library, an academic bookshop, several canteens, the Friday bar, a gym, a branch of Starbucks and a plethora of academic and social student associations.

Programme Structure

The Master's programme in Medical chemistry has a duration of two years.

Programme structure

The Master programme in Medical chemistry at SDUis characterised by a large number of electives. This allows you to specialise by taking elective courses at SDU or abroad or by conducting a research project in close cooperation with a business.

Graduates are awarded the title Master of Science (MSc) in Medical chemistry.

PhD programme

If you wish to pursue a career in research, you can apply for the PhD programme.

To be considered for a 3-year PhD fellowship, you must hold a Master's degree.

To be considered for a 4-year PhD fellowship, you must hold a Bachelor's degree and have passed Master’s degree exams corresponding to 60 ECTS.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Medical Chemistry, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:

  • Chemistry
  • Medical Chemistry
  • Pharmacy

You can also apply if you hold a similar degree including a minimum of 75 ECTS within chemistry and 25 ECTS within biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology or drug formulation. Once you apply, the Study Board will assess whether your degree is qualifying.

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13280 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13280 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Odense

5,400 - 7,800 DKK/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Options for full-degree graduate students:

BHJ Scholarship

Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus

Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.

A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.

Options for Exchange and Guest Students:

Danish Government Scholarship for Foreign Nationals (the Cultural Agreements)

Danish Government Scholarships for Foreign Nationals - The scholarship helps cover living expenses.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.