Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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How to design more effective and needle-free corona vaccines? How can we use nanoscience to better predict drug toxicity for humans? How can we personalise drug treatment and make it more sustainable?

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
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How can we use Big Data to improve preventive drug programmes? How can we optimize chronic drug use in ageing populations? How can we develop a business case for a new drug and determine cost-efficiency of pharmaceutical programmes?

If you have a pharmaceutical bachelor degree or a bachelor degree in pharmacy, chemistry, or a related field such as biomedical sciences or biology with pharmaceutical elements, this two-year Master's degree programme will enhance your career in the exciting world of the drug development life cycle! We cover all drug-related elements, from basic target discovery to molecular drug design, from analysis of drugs and biomarkers to pharmacological design of applications, from toxicology and biopharmacy to clinical pharmacoepidemiology, post marketing surveillance, policy and business.

An unique asset of the master of Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences is that the lectures and research take place in an interdisciplinary Life Sciences environment from chemistry to statistics, from biology to medicine, from epidemiology to economics, management and business, with all activities situated within walking distance. Learning research by actually doing it is a second unique asset, and students will have the opportunity to design two large research projects according to their needs and talent. Teaching professors from the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (see as well as from the University Medical Center Groningen all work closely together, which is considered unique worldwide.

Lecturers will supervise you while you are independently performing experiments and go through the whole process of conducting a scientific drug-related study. The programme therefore is an excellent preparation for a succeeding PhD programme in the biological, medical or pharmaceutical sciences or for a career in industry, as a consultant or policy maker. You may choose a carefully designed track which will prepare you for specialist positions or you will be in the lead to design your own research programme.

The programme also has an active student association, Pharmaciae Sacrum, where you will quickly feel at home and can join social activities (please also see the MPS Instagram account

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Our Pharmacy education has been ranked number 1 among students in the Netherlands since 2015
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017 and 2019)
  • Sustainability in drug discovery will be included in our master courses.
  • Unique interdisciplinary cooperation between preclinical, pharmaceutical, medical and economical research fields, with teaching professors within walking distance
  • Research and education cover all drug/vaccine-related aspects that are relevant to the drug development life cycle


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opbouw2-year programme. Credits per year: 60 ECTS, most courses are 5 ECTS.
You will be in the lead to choose a carefully designed track which prepares you for specialist positions. Most students choose a specialised research track. We offer three unique research tracks and a Science, Business and Policy track:
Drug Development
Master modules / Track specific modules
Research Project 1
Research Project 2
Essay (drug-related)
Academic Skills
Electives/Optional modules keuzevak


track Drug Toxicology and Translational Technology (Research track)

Studying the safety of drugs is an important part of drug development.

The toxicity of a substance is determined by the interactions of a substance at a molecular level, including interaction with receptors, enzymes, DNA and membranes in the body. In addition, the formation and detoxification of reactive metabolites and the level of exposure of the target tissues are important factors for toxicity. Exposure is largely determined by pharmacokinetics (toxicokinetics in case of toxic substances), which includes the rate and extend of absorption, distribution, metabolism including conversion into reactive metabolites and detoxification, and excretion. This field of study is often called ADME-Tox (Absorption, Disposition, Metabolism, Excretion – Toxicology).

For the complete curriculum, please see:

track Pharmaco-epidemiology and Pharmaco-economics (Research track)

The vast array of available drugs and vaccines accentuate a clear need for drug designers, regulatory officers, pharmacovigilance experts, at the one hand.

But there is also a need for pharmacists and other health care workers at the other hand, to know the determinants and health impact of drug use in ageing populations. Pharmacoepidemiology is the scientific area that through valid research advances the understanding of these topics. The specific track “Pharmacoepidemiology” covers the basics of the field by combining, basic medicine, pharmacy, epidemiology, biostatistics and demography. Further, the track allows for broadening expertise in laboratory drug sciences during a research project. It addresses pharmacists and pharmaceutical industry professionals who are involved with drug development or post-marketing surveillance as well as other professionals in the health care sector with an interest in drug epidemiology.

For the complete curriculum, please see:

track Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering (Research track)

Pharmaceutical engineering is a fast growing science and it requires novel strategies for target-identification, drug development, and formulation.

Are you interested in designing new drugs or biologicals, or in new ways to formulate them? The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, resistance to antibiotics and an ageing population require new views on drug development, as the current treatment arsenal provides insufficient disease-modifying capacity. The track Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering offers education in the most recent developments in these areas.

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track Science, Business and Policy

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

For the complete curriculum, please see:


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
study abroad
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions, often as a second research project. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2024

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1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20700

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
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The Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don't wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master's programme (for a course start on 1 September).
If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:

Application - Decision:

1 December – 15 January

1 February – 1 March

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

Please fill out the checklist to describe you pre-education.


Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, or related research fields focusing (e.g. Molecular Biology, Biology, Biomedical Sciences) on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences).

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on:

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding

De stad


Pharmaciae Sacrum
G.F.S.V. 'Pharmaciae Sacrum' is the study association for students of Pharmacy in Groningen.
Pharmaciae Sacrum, Latin for 'holy pharmacy', was founded on 12 December 1881, making it the oldest study association in Groningen and the second oldest in the Netherlands. G.F.S.V. 'Pharmaciae Sacrum' organizes various events, including lectures, sports days, excursions and drinks parties. It also publishes a newsletter called Foliolum.

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Radu Bulai
The Master's programme offers you an opportunity to complete different research projects.

Radu Bulai - Student of the MSc Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences

During my Bachelor of Chemistry, I became interested in the application of organic chemistry in drug discovery. I therefore took the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of themes around drug discovery by embarking on the Master of Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences. During that Master’s programme, I soon realised how in-depth the programme is and how they try to relate the different parts of the drug design process to each other...
At the moment I am doing my final research project, which focuses on a protein that promotes cancer. I am involved in designing, synthesizing, and testing a particular type of molecule that triggers degradation of this particular protein. Once I graduate, I would like to continue research in the field of drug design and drug syntheses. I am already applying for a position to continue research as a PhD student. After obtaining a PhD I’ll be open to industrial or commercial career opportunities where I can broaden my knowledge further.

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Development stages of drugs

When choosing your degree it is important to know which ground of the development stages of drugs you will cover within your future programme.

Our education and research covers a great deal of the last development stages, as you can see in the following diagram:
Koen Pouwels
afgestudeerd in 2018 werkzaam als Mathematical Modeller and Health Economist bij Public Health England in London
I still benefit from the interdisciplinary and hands-on character

What I truly like about the MPS programme is that you can tailor your programme to match your own interests and skills. I still benefit from the interdisciplinary and hands-on character of the Master at my current job as mathematical modeller and health economist at Public Health England in London.I am still working on several questions that are being addressed during the Master, including how we can fight antibiotic resistance, how to make optimal use of Big data to improve healthcare and how to assess the potential economic value of new drugs...
These research projects learned me what I like to do most and inspired my further career choices. By providing the opportunity to work with and learn from various experts from pharmacy and medical sciences, the programme offers an excellent preparation for a future career in academia, government or industry.

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Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

During the degree programme you will learn and practice academic skills such as retrieving and systematic reviewing relevant literature on your topic, formulating hypotheses, design and perform experiments, and interpret, present and scientifically report your results.

The programme therefore is an excellent preparation for a succeeding PhD programme in pharmaceutical, biological, or medical science (approx. 60%) or for a career in industry (approx. 30%), as a consultant (5%) or policy maker (5%). More than 80% of the students find a job within 6 months after their studies and we have a strong LinkedIn alumni network of more than 100 ex-MPS students that can help you to find a job. More importantly, in the Groningen area the “Life Cooperative” combines efforts of tens of small and larger businesses with more than 2,100 fte personnel working in the area of medical-pharmaceutical research and business, and is growing fast.

We also offer students who want to seek for a career abroad a global atmosphere, with small international academic student communities, which will prepare you for challenging global job positions.

When you have finished the Master's programme in Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences, you will have multiple career options. You are optimally prepared to start a research career but you can also choose for a position that links science to business and policy. We have a strong LinkedIn network of MPS alumni who can help you 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 business or policy strategy in:
* Governmental and semi-governmental institutions such as the Medicines Evaluation Board, EMA or the Ministry of Health and Welfare
* Societal and patient organizations, and the Life Cooperative

Potentiële beroepen

afdelingsmanager/apotheker farmaceutische industrie (leidt productie-, researchafdeling)
bedrijfshoofd farmaceutisch industrieel bedrijf (meewerkend <50%)
directeur onderzoeksinstelling farmacie
manager farmaceutisch bedrijf (groot)
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker farmacie
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Academic Advisors FSE

For questions regarding the programme

Prof. Dr. Reinoud Gosens

Professor of Translational Pharmacology - for questions Pharmaceutical Design & Engineering trac

Inge de Graaf

Senior lecturer of Drug metabolism and Toxicology - for questions Toxicology & Drug Disposition

Eelko Hak

Professor of Clinical Pharmacoepidemiology - for questions Pharmacoepidemiology track Study Science

For students who are interested in a Campus Tour or who have other general questions

Meer informatie?
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