MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

General

Program Description

Chemistry has the ability to produce small molecules used in our daily life, to develop new medicines that cure diseases, and to design catalysts that speed up reactions that would otherwise not be possible.

At SDU, we develop novel chemical methods that enable efficient preparation of important molecules with the potential to impact our life. Our scientists working in the area of medicinal chemistry study the structure and function of the most important biomolecules, including nucleic acids, peptides, proteins, sugars, and many other biomedically important molecules that play key roles in human health and disease.

We design and synthesize new analogs of the natural nucleic acids where the overall goal is to inhibit the expression of disease-causing genes. The chemical basis of processes that control the activity of human genes via so-called epigenetic processes on histone proteins and DNA are also being investigated. Building on the knowledge gained from the basic understanding of molecular processes in humans, a new generation of inhibitors of biomedically important enzymes is being developed.

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Program structure

The Master 's degree program in Medicinal chemistry supplements your Bachelor's degree with chemistry courses as well as a variety of courses in medical and biological chemistry, specializing in the development of new medicines.

The Master's degree program in Medicinal chemistry at SDU consists of the following elements:

  • Compulsory courses (20 ECTS)
  • Constituent course in biological chemistry (5 ECTS)
  • Constituent course in chemistry (5 ECTS)
  • Conversion classes (15 ECTS)
  • Elective courses (15 ECTS)
  • Thesis (60 ECTS)

Career perspectives

Are you passionate about chemistry?

Then you can work in the pharmaceutical industry, developing new, biologically active molecules that form the basis for new pharmaceuticals.

And with your experience in chemistry and biochemistry combined with knowledge of health and disease prevention, you can both contribute to advanced research and development and to more general project planning and management.

Is the molecular-biological field more interesting to you?

Then focus rests on research in the pre-clinical phase.

Here, you perform tests to determine whether a newly developed medicine can be sent on through the testing process until finally reaching the clinical phase, which is clinical trials on human subjects.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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