Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation at University of Groningen

How can we make use of the immune system in order to target cancer? How does early life nutrition impact metabolic health in adulthood? How can microorganisms help fight against infectious diseases?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions andare you interested in the pathophysiology of diseases, precisionmedicine, and the development of new therapies and drugs?

The selective two-year master programme Medical andPharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI) offers research-mindedstudents small-group interactive teaching in an international andmultidisciplinary environment. You will learn how to creativelyapply knowledge and we will train you to become a critical andanalytical scientist. You will be challenged with excitingcutting-edge research and methodologies and will learn how tocritically read the literature, design novel research questions,translate hypotheses into testable research plans, and writescientific essays.

As a student you can focus on your interests and ambitions byparticipating in one of the following tracks after the firstsemester:

- Oncology
- Medical neurosciences and neurological diseases
- Infection and immunity
- Medical nutrition and metabolic diseases
- Medical system biology and bioinformatics
- Drug innovation

How can we make use of the immune system in order to target cancer? How does early life nutrition impact metabolic health in adulthood? How can microorganisms help fight against infectious diseases?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions andare you interested in the pathophysiology of diseases, precisionmedicine, and the development of new therapies and drugs?

The selective two-year master programme Medical andPharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI) offers research-mindedstudents small-group interactive teaching in an international andmultidisciplinary environment. You will learn how to creativelyapply knowledge and we will train you to become a critical andanalytical scientist. You will be challenged with excitingcutting-edge research and methodologies and will learn how tocritically read the literature, design novel research questions,translate hypotheses into testable research plans, and writescientific essays.

As a student you can focus on your interests and ambitions byparticipating in one of the following tracks after the firstsemester:

- Oncology
- Medical neurosciences and neurological diseases
- Infection and immunity
- Medical nutrition and metabolic diseases
- Medical system biology and bioinformatics
- Drug innovation

After your studies

Job prospects

Upon completion of this programme you are fully prepared tobecome a PhD student in a competitive international researchprogramme. Currently, most graduates have continued their researchactivities in PhD projects. Many stay at the University MedicalCenter Groningen or at the department of Pharmacy, while othershave gone to a selection of other prestigious institutions.

Upon completion of this programme you are fully prepared tobecome a PhD student in an international research programme. Infact, a number of students will be offered a full PhD scholarship.Many stay at the UMCG, however, others have gone to a selection of other prestigious institutions or employers.

Job examples

  • Academia
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Consultancy
  • Nutrigenomics Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
FarmacieAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Pharmaceutical SciencesAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Life Science and TechnologyAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
BiologyAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Moleculaire LevenswetenschappenAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

The selection committee makes a first evaluation and decideswhich students will be invited for an interview. During theinterview students will be asked to:

  • explain their motivation
  • present their BSc thesis
  • present a scientific paper
language test

Students must meet the English language requirements statedbelow:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based 580
  • TOEFL computer based 237
  • TOEFL internet based 92
  • Cambridge English: CAE or CPE Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium ofinstruction
previous education

Bachelor's degree in the fields of biology, pharmacy, lifescience and technology or (bio)medical sciences.

reference letter

One letter of recommendation from an academic must besubmitted.

other admission requirements

Non-EU students may apply for a scholarship for MPDI. Theprocess of obtaining a scholarship is highly selective and non-EUstudents will need to indicate within their letter of motivationwhether they depend on a scholarschip in order to be able to enrollin MPDI or not. Furthermore it is wise to motivate why we shouldselect you for a scholarship.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

The selection committee makes a first evaluation and decideswhich students will be invited for an interview. During theinterview students will be asked to:

  • explain their motivation
  • present their BSc thesis
  • present a scientific paper
language test

Students who hold a VWO level high school diploma includingEnglish, meet the English language requirements.

reference letter

Students will need to submit one academic reference.

Registration procedure

After you complete your application, the selection committeewill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements. If so, students are required tosubmit a letter of motivation and one letter of recommendation froman academic. After evaluating these documents, the selectioncommittee decides whether a student is invited for aninterview.

For enrollment, please note that you have to apply for theprogramme via Studielink. Studentwith a Dutch degree should, after applying via Studielink, send ane-mail to mpdi@umcg.nl for further instructionsabout the application procedure.

If you are applying with a foreign (non-Dutch) degree, pleasefinalize your application in our Online ApplicationSystem. More information about which steps to take as an internationalstudent can be found here.

After you complete your application, the selection committeewill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements. If so, students are required tosubmit a letter of motivation and one letter of recommendation froman academic. After evaluating these documents, the selectioncommittee decides whether a student is invited for aninterview.

Please note that MPDI offers an early bird application deadlineof 15 January 2018! For enrollment, please not that you have toapply for the programme via Studielink. Afterwards, pleasesend an email to mpdi@umcg.nl forfurther instructions about the application procedure.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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