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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
April, August, February, January, November, October, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Groningen

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

How can we use Big data to improve preventive drugprogrammes? How can we optimize chronic drug use in ageingpopulations? How can we develop a business case for a newdrug?

If you have a pharmaceutical bachelor orbachelor from chemistry or biomedical scienceswith pharmaceutical elements, this two-yearMaster's degree programme will enhance your career in the excitingworld of the drug development life cycle! Wecover all drug-related elements, from basictarget discovery to molecular drug design, from analysis ofdrugs and biomarkers to pharmacology, from toxicology andbiopharmacy to clinical pharmacoepidemiology, post marketingsurveillance, policy and business. 

An unique asset of the master ofmedical pharmaceutical sciences is that the lectures and researchtake place in an interdisciplinary LifeSciences environment from chemistry to statistics, from biology tomedicine, from epidemiology to economics, management and business,all situated within walking distance. Learningresearch by actually doing it isa second unique asset, and students will havethe opportunity to design two large research projects according to their needs and talent. Teaching professors from the GroningenResearch Institute of Pharmacy (see http://www.rug.nl/research/grip/)as well as from the medical sciences all work closely together,which is considered unique worldwide.

Lecturers will supervise you while you are independentlyperforming experiments and go through the whole process ofconducting a scientific drug-related study. The programme thereforeis an excellent preparation for a career in industry, as aconsultant, policy maker or a succeeding PhD programme in thebiological, medical or pharmaceuticalscience. You will be in the lead to design yourown research programme or may choose a clear track which willprepare for specialist positions.

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

How can we use Big data to improve preventive drugprogrammes? How can we optimize chronic drug use in ageingpopulations? How can we develop a business case for a newdrug?

If you have a pharmaceutical bachelor or bachelor fromchemistry or biomedical sciences with pharmaceuticalelements, this two-year Master's degree programme will enhance yourcareer in the exciting world of the drug development lifecycle! We cover all drug-related elements, frombasic target discovery to molecular drug design, from analysisof drugs and biomarkers to pharmacology, from toxicology andbiopharmacy to clinical pharmacoepidemiology, post marketingsurveillance, policy and business. 

An unique asset of the master of medicalpharmaceutical sciences is that the lectures and research takeplace in an interdisciplinary Life Sciencesenvironment from chemistry to statistics, from biology to medicine,from epidemiology to economics, management and business, allsituated within walking distance. Learning research byactually doing it is a second uniqueasset, and students will have the opportunity to designtwo large research projects according to their needs and talent.Teaching professors from the Groningen Research Institute ofPharmacy (see http://www.rug.nl/research/grip/)as well as from the medical sciences all work closely together,which is considered unique worldwide.

Lecturers will supervise you while you are independentlyperforming experiments and go through the whole process ofconducting a scientific drug-related study. The programme thereforeis an excellent preparation for a career in industry, as aconsultant, policy maker or a succeeding PhD programme in thebiological, medical or pharmaceuticalscience. You will be in the lead to design yourown research programme or may choose a clear track which willprepare for specialist positions.

After your studies

Job prospects

During the degree programme you will learn and practicescientific developing skills such as retrieving and systematicreviewing relevant literature on your topic, formulatinghypotheses, design and perform experiments, and interpret, presentand scientifically report your results. The programme therefore isan excellent preparation for a career in industry, as a consultant,policy maker or a succeeding PhD programme in the biological,medical or pharmaceutical science.

We further more offer students a global atmosphere, with smallinternational academic student communities, which will prepare youfor challenging global job positions.

When you have finished the Master's programme in MedicalPharmaceutical Sciences you have multiple career options. You areoptimally prepared to start a research career but you can alsochoose for a position that links science to business and policy. Wehave a strong Linked In network of former MPS students who can helpyou with preparing your career and finding job positions.
Researcher (usually as a PhD) in a variety of organizations:

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

Positions linking medical pharmaceutical sciences to a businessor policy strategy in:
* Governmental and semi-governmental institutions such as theMedicines Evaluation Board or the Ministry of Health andWelfare
* Societal and patient organizations

During the degree programme you will learn and practicescientific developing skills such as retrieving and systematicreviewing relevant literature on your topic, formulatinghypotheses, design and perform experiments, and interpret, presentand scientifically report your results. The programme therefore isan excellent preparation for a career in industry, as a consultant,policy maker or a succeeding PhD programme in the biological,medical or pharmaceutical science.

We further more offer students a global atmosphere, with smallinternational academic student communities, which will prepare youfor challenging global job positions.

When you have finished the Master's programme in MedicalPharmaceutical Sciences you have multiple career options. You areoptimally prepared to start a research career but you can alsochoose for a position that links science to business and policy. Wehave a strong LinkedIn network of former MPS students who can helpyou with preparing your career and finding job positions.
Researcher (usually as a PhD) in a variety of organizations:

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

Positions linking medical pharmaceutical sciences to a businessor policy strategy in:
* Governmental and semi-governmental institutions such as theMedicines Evaluation Board or the Ministry of Health andWelfare
* Societal and patient organizations

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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 startsApril, August, February, January, November, October, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PharmacyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:

Accessible with the major Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences. Thereare additional requirements for the majors Biomedical Sciences andMolecular Life Sciences.

BiologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

There are additional requirements for the majors BiomedicalSciences and Molecular Life Sciences

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, orrelated research fields focusing on knowledge and skills at theinterface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry andbiochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences). Laboratory experienceand proof of academic scientific writing skills (such as thesis orresearch report) are required. The admissions board determineswhether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet theadmission requirements of the master programme for which youapplied.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, orrelated research fields focusing on knowledge and skills at theinterface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry andbiochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences).

A special programme is available for holders of a Dutch HBOBachelor's degree. More information: http://www.rug.nl/(...)a-informatiegids.pdfFor more information, contact the academic advisor. Yourapplication must be submitted before May 1, thereby following theinstructions in the hbo-information guide.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

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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