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The master’s degree programme in biomedical sciences – drug discovery and development spesialisation track trains experts for the entire drug development chain.
The studies in Drug Discovery and Development give you a deep understanding of up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets and to generate lead drug molecules. It also provides knowledge of technological innovations as well as methods of clinical drug research and development phases, clinical trial design, study planning and biostatistics. In addition, you will learn about drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance.
After graduation, you will master drug discovery and development processes as well as procedures applied in drug regulatory science. You will also be familiar with the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug. The University of Turku also offers Drug Research Doctoral Programme for post-graduate studies.
You will get comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The Programme also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE
Turku is a great place to study drug discovery and development! Of the Finnish drug innovations, 90 per cent have been made in Turku. To support the future discoveries, the University of Turku has chosen drug development as one of its strategic profiling areas.
The research in biosciences and medicine is internationally ranked among the top in the world. The keys for success lie in long biomedical research traditions and a compact campus area where two universities and a university hospital operate to create an interdisciplinary and innovative study and research environment.
Research focus is on translational medicine, disease modelling and biomedical imaging. Available infrastructure includes the world famous Turku PET Centre and Turku Centre for Disease Modeling, both of which offer services for drug development research.
Turku also has the largest cluster of pharma industry in Finland. Nearby companies not only provide experts for visiting lectures, but also create internship and job opportunities for the graduates.
MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS
The Master’s thesis project is based on independent, experimental research work.
You must always agree on your thesis topic with your thesis examiner who also accepts the topic. You will write a research plan, conduct a research project in a laboratory, analyse obtained results, and demonstrate your ability to interpret results and write a report in a form of a scientific article. The project work is always performed under the guidance of a supervisor.
In order to also practice scientific communication, you will present your results in a seminar and write a press release to stimulate collaboration between the academia and the media.
Examples of thesis topics:
- Drug development for receptor antagonists and their potential in treating cognitive disorders
- Pharmacological characterization of ion channels
- Diagnostics tools for coronary artery diseases – characterization of antibodies
- Modelling of schizophrenic disorders in rats
- RNA interference in HSV-virus treatment
- Optimization of synthesis of indatsole structures for drug development
- The use of positron emission tomography (PET) to measure the effect of disease modifying therapies in MS disease
- PET-imaging of molecules targeted in inflammation – preclinical studies with arthritis model
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES AT TURKU UNIVERSITIES
Turku has longstanding research traditions in the field of biomedicine. Especially the areas of drug discovery, diagnostics, and biological and medical imaging represent the top level expertise of the University of Turku.
The Drug Discovery and Development specialisation track is part of the MSc Programme in Biomedical Sciences, which is a collaboration of two universities, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The close co-operation of four biomedical programmes forms a unique educational combination of biomedical sciences in Finland and worldwide.
The programme in Biomedical Sciences is managed together by the Faculties of Medicine, and Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Turku. The offered education is based on the true research strengths of the participating units:
- Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Turku
- Department of Biochemistry at the University of Turku
- Department of Chemistry at the University of Turku
- Department of Biosciences at the Åbo Akademi University
Other specialisation tracks of the Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences are Biomedical Imaging, Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics, and Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. Major subject studies in each are track-specific but can be offered as selectable studies for all the study tracks. Each student makes a personal study plan which helps to select the courses, which best suit for personal interests and background.
Drug Discovery and Development specialisation track is part of the NordBioMedNet network. The universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Eastern Finland, Turku and Karolinska Institutet have established the network to develop biomedical education in Nordic countries. Students in Drug Discovery and Development track have possibilities for course, internship and research project exchange in the partner universities.
The studies in Drug Discovery and Development provide you with a deep understanding of:
- up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets, and to generate lead drug molecules that modulate biological activity of the target
- technological innovations made in lead optimisation process
- how new drug candidates are investigated during the non-clinical drug development phase
- methods of clinical drug research, clinical drug development phases, clinical trial design and biostatistical study planning
- various aspects of the drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance
After graduation, you will be an expert in drug discovery and development processes. You will know the procedures applied in drug regulatory science and the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug.
You will learn comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The Programme also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.
Possible job titles are:
- medical liaison
- medical writer
- regulatory consulting expert
- scientific/technical advisor
- research director
- project manager
- drug development pharmacologist
- university lecturer/researcher
CAREER IN RESEARCH
The Master of Science degree completed in the Programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide. Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates:
- Drug Research
- Molecular Life Sciences
- Molecular Medicine
- Clinical Doctoral Programme
GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
A Bachelor’s degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study. You must also prove your English language skills when applying. Please visit the website of the programme for more information.
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