Utrecht University

Drug Innovation, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Utrecht's University Master of Science in Drug Innovation 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.


Utrecht's University Master of Science in Drug Innovation is open to graduates from a wide range of disciplines such as chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, or medicine.

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.


Graduates with an MSc in Drug Innovation will be eligible for many PhD programmes. As soon as you graduate with a PhD, and if you want to pursue for a career in academia, you can aim for a post-doctoral fellowship. After that, you can then opt for either an assistant, associate, or full professorship role, which occurs mostly through tenure tracks. You can also choose to contribute to drug innovation within research institutes, any of the growing number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies (ranging from small start-up to ‘big pharma’), or health care organisations. After completing the Drug Regulatory Sciences profile, you can find jobs in regulatory affairs, often even without a PhD programme. Other opportunities in the same institutes or companies include careers in business, administration and education.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

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

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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    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

Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

This is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Drug innovation if you hold a University bachelor degree and can demonstrate:

  • In depth (level Bachelor year 3) knowledge and insight in:
1. biochemistry, biotechnology and cell biology;
    2. pharmacology (including pharmacokinetics);
      3. physical organic chemistry and analytical techniques; and
        4. anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
        • Basic knowledge of biostatistics
        • Mastery of methods and techniques in the above mentioned areas. (level equal to level of Dutch University Bachelor year 3)
        • High level of academic and professional ability: the ability to design and carry out research projects, correct communication both in writing and orally, timeliness.
        • A clear motivation and talent for participation in the programme.
        • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          18690 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 18690 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          2060 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

        Living costs for Utrecht

        • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
          Living Costs

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


        Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

        • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
        • Holland Scholarships
        • Orange Tulip Scholarships
        • Canadian student loans
        • Fulbright / NAF
        • US Federal Loans
        • Erasmus+ Master loans

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