Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you interested in the pathophysiology of diseases and the development of new therapies and drugs? Do you want to study the development and selection of drugs and how they work?

Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI) is a selective two-year top master programme that prepares you for a career in (bio)medical research as a leading scientist. MPDI offers small-group interactive teaching in an international and multidisciplinary environment. You will be challenged with exciting cutting-edge research and theories. We will train you to become a highly qualified (bio)medical researcher.

As a student you can focus on your interest and aspirations by participating in one of the following tracks after the first semester: Oncology, Medical neurosciences and neurological diseases, Infection and immunity,  Medical nutrition and metabolic diseases, Medical system biology and bioinformatics, Drug innovation.

You will learn how to creatively apply knowledge and become a critical and analytical scientist. Situated in the University Medical Center Groningen, MPDI offers excellent facilities for (pharmaco)genomics, proteomics and in vivo(animal) and in vitro(cell) imaging. MPDI is unique in the sense that the programme offers a direct interplay between medical and pharmaceutical research.

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diplomaMSc Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • challenging interactive learning environment
  • teaching by top-researchers
  • focus on individual development as a researcher
  • possibility of obtaining a fully funded three-year PhD position


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opbouwAs a student you can focus on your interest and aspirations by participating in one of the following tracks after the first semester:

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

At the end of the second year, you will write and defend your own research proposal.
1e jaar
Topclass II: Modern techniques in medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences
Topclass I: Recent developments in medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences
Introduction to Research Project I
Colloquium I
Topclass III: Theoretical preparation for advanced research in medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Project I
2e jaar
Topclass V: PhD project proposal
Capita Selecta
Research project II
Introduction to Research Project II
Topclass IV: Project design
Colloquium II
Elective A) Extension Research Project II, B) Elective Course, C) Track Dedicated Elective Course


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet15% zelfstudie
35% theorie
50% praktijk
Lectures, practical assignments, research, internship.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 augustus 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14200
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 augustus 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation is a selective master programme. Students are selected based on their grades, motivation, (research) skills, and letters of reference. As part of the selection procedure, students will be invited to present a research paper and to take part in a (Skype) interview.

We advise students who hold a Dutch bachelor degree and wish to apply for MPDI, to send an e-mail to the Graduate School of Medical Sciences (

Students who are deemed admissible will be invited to take part in a (Skype) interview during which they will give a short research presentation.

Students who hold a VWO level high school diploma including English, meet the English language requirement

reference letter
Two or three letters of recommendation from academics must be submitted.

Students are required to submit a letter of motivation

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
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27868 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Metta Pratt
What I enjoyed most about the course was learning how the cell and the body work in health and disease and how drugs can influence this on a molecular level.

My first degree was in Pharmacy. What I enjoyed most about the course was learning how the cell and the body work in health and disease and how drugs can influence this on a molecular level. I realised that I wanted to be part of the community that contributes to this knowledge and discover new biological facts first hand. When I finished my Pharmacy bachelor's course, I chose the topmaster MPDI because of the programme's small class size and promise to strive for excellence...
Looking back, I have learned a lot about how academic science is organised. I've also learnt (how) to be critical and to present my work and I think all of this has helped me both to secure a PhD position and to get started in my project. As a first year PhD student, I'm still learning so much everyday, but MPDI has taught me the basics and given me the tools to learn more. I now work on centrosomes and cilia in fruitflies, something I never have expected to do when I was studying for my bachelor's degree, but my two master's years were an amazing opportunity to get an overview of biomedical research and to discover what interests you the most. Whether that's developing a vaccine for dengue or taking a beautiful picture of a Drosophila spermatocyte to see where a particular protein localises is up to you!
Metta Pratt, PhD student, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

lees verder ...


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1/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
19 eerstejaars
42% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Innovative Medicine
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
19 eerstejaars
42% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 9 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.

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