Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Master’s degree programme Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences is a two year programme of 120 ECTS and is taught in English. The field of medical pharmaceutical sciences is interdisciplinary covering the whole range of drug development disciplines from basic drug target discovery and molecular modeling of new entities and molecular targets, to pharmacoepidemiology and post marketing surveillance.


The Master’s degree programme Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences knows four tracks, namely the research track (P-track), the Science, Business and Policy track (M-track), the specialization Toxicology & Drug Disposition and the specialization Pharmacoepidemiology.

  • The P-track focuses entirely on research to prepare for a career in academia or other research institutes. The study programme therefore mainly consists of research projects, which focus on learning about conducting research by actually doing it.
  • The M-track comprises one year of research and one year aimed at the development of policy and management-related understanding and skills to prepare for a career in a company, consultancy or policy organization.
  • The specialization Toxicology & Drug Disposition is very similar to the P-track but has some extra courses in a broad range of toxicology and drug disposition subjects.
  • The specialization Pharmacoepidemiology is another variation on the P-track. This specialisation combines pharmacovigilance, statistical database research, observational and trial intervention methodology as well as population-based drug use methodology.

Study components

The P-track consists of two research courses of atleast 30 and 40 ECTS respectively, a colloquium of 5 ECTS, an essay of 5 ECTS and the remaining 40 ECTS are electives.

The M-track consists of one research course of 40 ECTS, an internship of 40 ECTS, an introduction course in science, business and policy worth 20 ECTS, a colloquium of 5 ECTS and the remaining 15 ECTS are electives.

The specializations Toxicology & Drug Disposition and Pharmacoepidemiology are identical to the P-track but have 15 ECTS of mandatory courses, 5 ECTS in modules which must be chosen from a specific set of subjects and the remaining 20 ECTS are electives.

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A Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences , Pharmacy, or related research fields focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences) as wel as sufficient English proficiency is required for admission.

Further information

For more information, please visit the MCs Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences or contact Mirjan van Timmeren.