M.Sc. Drug Innovation

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR18850 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
The Master's in Drug Innovation focuses on interdisciplinary research in the field of innovation and usage of drugs, biologicals (such as vaccines and gene therapeutics)and diagnostics.

Description of Drug Innovation


The Master's in Drug Innovation focuses on interdisciplinary research in the field of innovation and usage of drugs, biologicals (such as vaccines and gene therapeutics)and diagnostics.

Despite a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease, the number of newly introduced innovative drugs is steadily decreasing. As drugs have proven to be effective and inexpensive weapons against disease in the 20th century (e.g. antibiotics and psychopharmaceuticals), it is important to reverse this worrying trend using innovative techniques. In this programme you will start with the 'Introduction to Drug Innovation', after which you select at least three courses from the introductory theoretical courses. Upon that you will choose elective courses, attend seminars and do a major and minor research project. The major project is carried out within Utrecht University. The minor project may be carried out in another organisation in the Netherlands or abroad. Your final thesis is based on a literature review of a relevant subject. As a graduate you will be eligible for many PhD programmes and be able to contribute to drug innovation within research institutes, any of the growing number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies or health care organisations. The programme is also offered as a part-time course.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 February: September (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 18850 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)

Statutory tuition fee: 1,713 euro (2011-2012). Institutional tuition fee: 17,900 euro (2012-2013).

Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 30%
  • practice: 40%
  • self study: 30%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 50%
  • The percentage of students abroad: 20%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


Drug Regulatory Sciences:

This profile aims to provide basic knowledge in the important new field of regulatory affairs. The six-month research project is replaced by courses and a traineeship.

Experimental Pharmacology:

This is a coherent track of courses and research projects to train students in Experimental Pharmacology.

Requirements for Drug Innovation

Written request

Grade list

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 93

Work Experience for Drug Innovation

No work experience is required.

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Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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Utrecht University, Netherlands

Netherlands Utrecht University is a research university comprising of seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 12th in Europe and 48th worldwide.

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