Drug Innovation, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 18201
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The Master’s in Drug Innovation programme from Utrecht University focuses on diagnostics and the improvement and management of small molecule and biomolecular drugs. Drug innovation covers many topics such as the development of new vaccines and the study of antibodies, gene therapeutics, and medical nutrition.
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About

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2016) ranked this programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands.

Drug Innovation is about:

  • developing new drugs to combat drug-resistant microorganisms
  • using gene or protein technologies to create therapies targeted at individual patients
  • finding a way to imprint the immune system to increase tolerance
  • exploring the relationship between gut microbes and brain disease
  • learning how to use proteomics to study stem cell development
  • reducing the side effects of treatment by finding new ways to deliver drugs directly onto the tumor
  • updating and speeding up the drug regulatory process

The Master’s in Drug Innovation programme from Utrecht University focuses on diagnostics and the improvement and management of small molecule and biomolecular drugs. Drug innovation covers many topics such as the development of new vaccines and the study of antibodies, gene therapeutics, and medical nutrition. Once developed, a new drug then needs to go through approval, which raises a whole new set of challenges, for example the establishment of new methods and criteria for evaluating the quality, efficacy, safety, and performance of the drug.

Interdisciplinary Programme

This broad, interdisciplinary programme is open to graduates from a wide range of disciplines such as chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, or medicine.

Many Elective Courses

Our programme offers a diverse suite of elective courses. This means you can concentrate on the topics of most interest to you. You will also take an internship with one of the research teams working on drug innovation at Utrecht University. This work may lead to publication in scientific journals within the field or new drug patents or protocols.

Graduates of this programme may go on to undertake research in drug innovation at universities, in the pharmaceutical or and biotechnology industry or to work in science or healthcare.

Programme Objective

Drug innovation is an interdisciplinary field, which pulls together expertise from chemical, biological and medical sciences. This interdisciplinarity is central to the search for new solutions to currently incurable diseases.

You will contribute to this field by undertaking two internships over a total of 15 months and submitting a writing assignment.

After graduation, you will have the skills needed to translate a drug-related problem into a relevant research question and will also be able to design and perform the research needed to solve this question. Finally, you will also be able to critically reflect on your own research and report on it, both verbally and in writing. These skills are highly transferable and will enable you to work independently within a competitive labour market.

Tracks
  • Experimental Pharmacology
  • Drug Regulatory Sciences

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Development And Regulation
  • Understanding Drugs
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Biotech Products
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry
  • Design Of Anti-infectious Drugs
  • Pharmaco-epidemics
  • Nanomedicine
  • Bioanalysis
  • Advanced Organic Synthesis
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Academic Requirements

  • You have a University Bachelor’s degree in: Biology; Chemistry; Biomedical sciences; Molecular life sciences; Biotechnology; Other relevant science programmes.
  • You are able to demonstrate in depth (level Bachelor year 3) knowledge and insight in: biochemistry, biotechnology and cell biology; pharmacology (including pharmacokinetics); physical organic chemistry and analytical techniques; and anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology; basic knowledge of biostatistics
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EEA
  • EUR 2006 National
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Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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