MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

General

Program Description

How to design more effective and needle-free pulmonary vaccines? How can we better measure drug toxicity for humans? How can we fight antibiotic resistance?

How can we use Big health care data to improve preventive drug programs? How can we optimize chronic drug use in aging populations? How can we develop a business case for a new drug and determine the costs of pharmaceutical programs?

If you have a pharmaceutical bachelor or bachelor from chemistry or biomedical sciences with pharmaceutical elements, this two-year Master's degree program will enhance your career in the exciting world of the drug development life cycle! We cover all drug-related elements, from basic target discovery to molecular drug design, from analysis of drugs and biomarkers to pharmacological design of applications, from toxicology and bio pharmacy to clinical pharmacoepidemiology, post-marketing surveillance, policy, and business.

A unique asset of the master of medical pharmaceutical sciences is that the lectures and research take place in an interdisciplinary Life Sciences environment from chemistry to statistics, from biology to medicine, from epidemiology to economics, management, and business, all situated within walking distance. Learning research by actually doing it is a second unique asset, and students will have the opportunity to design two large research projects according to their needs and talent. Teaching professors from the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy) as well as from the University Medical Center Groningen all work closely together, which is considered unique worldwide.

Lecturers will supervise you while you are independently performing experiments and go through the whole process of conducting a scientific drug-related study. The program, therefore, is excellent preparation for a succeeding Ph.D. program in the biological, medical or pharmaceutical sciences or for a career in industry, as a consultant or policymaker. You will be in the lead to design your own research program or may choose a clear track that will prepare you or specialist positions.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Our Pharmacy education has been ranked number 1 among students in the Netherlands since 2015
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Program' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017)
  • Groningen drug research and education is among the best in the world
  • Unique interdisciplinary cooperation between preclinical, pharmaceutical, medical and economical research fields, with teaching professors within walking distance
  • Research and education cover all drug/vaccine-related aspects that are relevant to the drug development life cycle

Program

Year 1

You will be in the lead to design your own research program or may choose a clear track that prepares you for specialist positions. Most students choose a clear track. We offer three unique research tracks:

  • Pharmacoepidemiology - The science that focuses on issues of drug/vaccine use in patients and the beneficial and side effects in populations, applying clinical trials and observational Big Database studies.
  • Toxicology and Drug Disposition - Focuses on adverse drug reactions and pharmaco - and toxicokinetics of drugs.
  • Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering – Focuses on novel strategies for drug target identification, drug development, and formulation.

Courses

  • Academic Skills
  • Colloquium (5 EC)
  • Colloquium
  • Drug Development (5 EC)
  • Electives/Optional modules (10 EC, optional)
  • Essay (drug-related) (5 EC)
  • Master modules / Track-specific modules (15 EC)
  • Research Project 1
  • Research Project 2

Curriculum

2-year program; Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions, often as a second research project. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Previous education

Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, or related research fields focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences).

International diploma

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Additional subject The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of the general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.
Previous education Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, or related research fields focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences. Laboratory experience and proof of academic scientific writing skills (such as thesis or research report) are required. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master program for which you applied.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 15500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

During the degree program, you will learn and practice academic skills such as retrieving and systematic reviewing relevant literature on your topic, formulating hypotheses, design and perform experiments, and interpret, present and scientifically report your results.

The program, therefore, is excellent preparation for a succeeding Ph.D. program in pharmaceutical, biological, or medical science (approx. 60%) or for a career in industry (approx. 30%), as a consultant (5%) or policy maker (5%). More than 80% of the students find a job within 6 months after their studies and we have a strong link in the alumni network of more than 100 ex-MPS students that can help you to find a job. What is more important, in the Groningen area the “Life Cooperative” combines efforts of tens of small and larger businesses with more than 2,100 personnel working in the area of medical-pharmaceutical research and business and is growing fast.

We also offer students who want to seek a career abroad in a global atmosphere, with small international academic student communities, which will prepare you for challenging global job positions.

When you have finished the Master's program in Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences you have multiple career options. You are optimally prepared to start a research career but you can also choose a position that links science to business and policy. We have a strong Linked In the network of former MPS students who can help you with preparing your career and finding job positions.

Researcher (usually as a Ph.D.) in a variety of organizations:

  • Universities
  • Academic and general hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical, biomedical and food industries

Positions linking medical pharmaceutical sciences to a business or policy strategy in:

  • Governmental and semi-governmental institutions such as the Medicines Evaluation Board or the Ministry of Health and Welfare
  • Societal and patient organizations, and the Life Cooperative

Job examples

  • The spokesperson at a museum or an institute
  • The science journalist for a newspaper or broadcasting company
  • Teacher in upper-level secondary education

Research

Groningen Drug Research is among the best in the world

Research focuses on the Master's degree program in Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences:

Research mainly concentrates on drug design, synthesis, production and analysis, drug targeting and delivery, pharmacology, engineering of drug applications, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, bio pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics and –epidemiology, and clinical pharmacy.

Last updated Feb 2020

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