The MPS Master trains you for a career in the design and use of modern medicines. It ranges from basic- to clinical research and prepares you for a career in academia, industry, policy, and business.
The Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences master’s program will train you for a career in the design and use of modern medicines. The training ranges from basic research to clinical research and prepares you for a career in academia, industry or policy and business.
Our master covers themes such as basic molecular drug discovery, analysis of drugs and biomarkers, pharmacology, toxicology, biopharmacy, clinical pharmacoepidemiology, post-marketing surveillance, policy and business. Altogether, this two-year Master's degree program will enable a quick start of a career in the exciting world of modern pharmaceuticals!
Our education program takes place in an interdisciplinary research environment covering all disciplines in medicine and pharmacy. The program is designed for ‘learning by doing’, which creates an open, stimulating and creative environment. The program is built by a few obligatory and elective courses followed by one or two large research projects and/or one internship project. Overall, we aim for a fluent combination of theoretical knowledge, academic skills and professional skills.
You can choose from the following tracks:
• A pre-clinical track in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering (PDE)
• A clinical track in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics (P&P)
• A professional track in Science, Business and Policy (SBP)
Our master's program is open for students with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, chemistry, or a related field.
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. It’s not just about focusing on one part of the drug manufacturing and marketing process, but also about trying to keep in mind all the past or future steps that will be involved.
The Master’s programme offers you an opportunity to complete different research projects. 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.
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. The opportunity to design and perform two large research projects in areas of your choice allows you to make a better informed decision about your future career path. 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.
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: http://www.rug.nl/fse/beta-studie/testimonials/development-stages-groot.jpg