Drug Discovery and Safety

2 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Chemistry
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Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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Broaden your perspective on human disease and medicine

From the characterization of molecular causes of pathology to a generation of new therapeutics to treat diseases, from small molecules and proteins to diseases and medicines. If you are fascinated by the idea of developing new pharmacological therapies, then this is the Master’s programme for you.

Challenging and relevant for society

In the Master’s programme in Drug Discovery and Safety, you will examine the interaction between molecules and the human body from a range of perspectives: chemical, medical, toxicological, pharmacological and genetic. You will focus on a specialization that suits your specific interests while working in a multidisciplinary environment where you  ill be challenged to address key questions about the medicines of the future. Sixty per cent of diseases are still incurable, so there are still a great many challenges for researchers to tackle.

The Master's programme in Drug Discovery and Safety is a two-year programme worth 120 ECs. During this time, you will take compulsory courses in your chosen specialization, plus a number of optional courses. Your own laboratory research is an important part of the program, which you perform in one of the participating research groups. Moreover, you write a literature thesis on a subject within Drug Discovery and Safety research and you acquire general academic skills.

Specializations for this Master you can choose from:

  • Biomarkers and Clinical Chemical Analysis
  • Computational Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Drug Design and Synthesis
  • Drug Discovery and Target Finding
  • Drug Disposition and Safety Assessment

Career prospects

Graduates in Drug Discovery and Safety have excellent employment prospects and can generally expect to earn a good salary. This Master’s programme opens up a whole range of career opportunities. The most obvious ones are in medicinal research, the pharmaceuticals industry and hospital laboratories, but there are also plenty of opportunities within research institutes and government inspection agencies.

For more information create your own program brochure on www.vu.nl/en/programmes/international-masters/order-brochures/index.asp.
Request up to five programs and select which information you wish to receive. After sending the request, you will get an email with a download link for your pdf brochure.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Campus
De Boelelaan 1105 
1081 HV Amsterdam

Ir. Ariane Timmer 
phone: +31 20 59 87507
mail: a.a.timmer@vu.nl

Web: www.vu.nl/en
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