Drug Innovation

In today's world there is a growing need for new and innovative drugs, vaccines, biologicals, diagnostics and gene therapeutics, particularly now that people are getting older and more and more micro-organisms are becoming resistant to drugs.

To meet this demand, scientists from many disciplines are continuously using and adapting state-of-the-art technology to ensure that novel drugs leave the drug pipeline. Students will work with scientists who have a background in for example medicine, veterinary medicine, biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, physics and computer sciences (bioinformatics).

This unique Master’s programme aims at training students to become enthusiastic researchers that contribute to drug innovation in research institutes, in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, or that set up their own start-up companies or play a role in policy-making in science and health care.
The programme starts with Introducing Life Sciences, a mandatory introduction week for all Master’s students of the GSLS.

Future perspectives
Students with an MSc in Drug Innovation can find jobs in all these fields, since both nationally and internationally there is an enormous need for scientists trained in the specialisms that are offered at Utrecht University, like state-of-the-art skills in combinatorial chemistry, drug delivery, immuno- and psychopharmacology, proteomics, epidemiology,  and drug regulatory sciences. 

Our programme is directly linked to the PhD programme Drug Innovation of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

For more information on the Drug Innovation Master’s programme, visit the website.

Programme scheme
*Since 2018-2019, Introducing Life Sciences, together with the Life Sciences Seminars and Navigation Towards Personal Excellence, is part of the course Life Sciences Academy

Major Research project
Mandatory theoretical courses
Elective component
Writing assignment
Life Sciences Academy*

Course list