Course content is heavily influenced by the latest research conducted at Aarhus University, as all lecturers are also active researchers. Students are expected to engage in fundamental research projects with research groups in the department, and there may be opportunities to work with private companies or public institutions during their studies. Students will be able to specialise within one area of Medicinal Chemistry in which Aarhus University is particularly strong, such as organic synthesis, analysis of new bioactive compounds, structure and activity of membrane bound proteins, microscopic structure of bones and other bioinorganic materials, modelling of proteins and their interaction with pharmaceuticals, or drug delivery and chemical biology.
Students enrolled in the MSc Medicinal Chemistry programme participate in courses and then complete their studies with one academic year conducting independent research within a research group under the supervision of a department researcher, or with an external partner.
Chemistry students quickly become acquainted with Alkymia, the department’s student association, which hosts a weekly Danish Friday
bar and organises a range of exciting social events. The Mathematics/Physics Student Council also organises regular academic events for chemistry students.
Medicinal chemistry graduates go into R&D and consultancy jobs across the public and private sectors; several graduates are working in
pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. You will be well placed as a graduate of the programme to work with companies such as Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, LeoPharma and Lundbeck. Your strong chemistry background will also give you a point of entry into careers with companies in other sectors, such as DuPont, Chr. Hansen, and Eurofins.
There are more chemistry openings in Denmark than there are domestic graduates to fill them, making unemployment very low for graduates in medicinal chemistry.
“I specialised in organic synthesis (chemistry) at university, which isn’t what I am working with at present, but I will need it in the future. My university education has enabled me to pick up new things – in other words, to understand and get to grips with new topics and physical knowledge.”
MSc in Medicinal Chemistry
Chemist, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet)
The Masters degree in medical chemistry counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the chemistry and medical chemistry fields of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Chemistry by choosing courses from the course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.
At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professors office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.
The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in smaller groups where you study relevant issues in depth. Depending on your choice of specialisation, your main forms of study and work involve laboratory work and the use of advanced experimental equipment such as NMR and X-ray methodologies, as well as computer modelling. The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts even in jobs you didnt know you were qualified for.
The teaching is divided into four terms. Each term consists of a block of seven
weeks followed by an examination period of 24 weeks.
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying
for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your
Bachelors degree and one year of your Masters degree or when you have completed your Masters degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
The following Bachelors degrees qualify students for admission to the Masters degree programme in
The following other degrees can provide admission to the Masters degree programme in Medical Chemistry:
Other qualifications can provide admission to the Masters degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
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