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Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences

Programma

  • 1e jaar

    You will be in the lead to design your own research programme or may choose a clear track which prepares you for specialist positions. Most students choose a clear track. We offer three unique research tracks:

    1) Pharmacoepidemiology - The science that focuses on issues of drug/vaccine use in patients and the beneficial and side effects in populations, applying clinical trials and observational Big Database studies. 2) Toxicology and Drug Disposition - Focuses on adverse drug reactions and pharmaco- and toxicokinetics of drugs. 3) Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering – Focuses on novel strategies for drug target-identification, drug development, and formulation.

    You will be in the lead to design your own research programme or may choose a clear track which prepares you for specialist positions. Most students choose a clear track. We offer three unique research tracks:

    1) Pharmacoepidemiology - The science that focuses on issues of drug/vaccine use in patients and the beneficial and side effects in populations, applying clinical trials and observational Big Database studies. 2) Toxicology and Drug Disposition - Focuses on adverse drug reactions and pharmaco- and toxicokinetics of drugs. 3) Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering – Focuses on novel strategies for drug target-identification, drug development, and formulation.

Programma-opties

  • General research programme (afstudeerrichting)

    Design and tailor your own two-year research programme of master modules, electives and research projects in the wide scope of pharmaceutical research covering the drug development life cycle.

  • Toxicology and Drug Disposition (Research track) (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).

  • Pharmacoepidemiology (Research track) (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.

  • Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering (Research track) (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.

  • Science, Business and Policy (profiel)

    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.

Opbouw programma

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Academic Skills
Colloquium (5 EC)
Colloquium
Drug Development (5 EC)
Electives/Optional modules (10 EC, facultatief)
Essay (drug-related) (5 EC)
Master modules / Track specific modules (15 EC)
Research Project 1
Research Project 2

Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see (make sure that you selected “year 2018/19”): General Research Programme: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6182 Toxicology and Drug Disposition: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6179 Pharmaco-epidemiology: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6180 Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6181 Scienc

2-year programme; Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see (make sure that you selected “year 2018/19”): General Research Programme: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6182 Toxicology and Drug Disposition: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6179 Pharmaco-epidemiology: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6180 Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?op

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is aanbevolen
  • Voor gemiddeld 20 weken
  • Maximaal 60 EC

Study abroad is allowed and recommended. MPS internships have been performed in Bath (UK), Boston (US), Newcastle (Australia) and there are many contacts with Indonesia and Mexico.

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.

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.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • Our Pharmacy education has been ranked number 1 among students in the Netherlands since 2015
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017)
  • Groningen drug research and education is among the best in the world
  • 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
  • Our Pharmacy education has been ranked number 1 among students in the Netherlands since 2015
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017)
  • Groningen drug research and education is among the best in the world
  • 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
  • Testimonial van

    Meet our MPS student Annelies Robijn

  • Testimonial van Koen Pouwels

    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.

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    – Koen Pouwels
  • Testimonial van

    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 masters, 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.

    Sluiten
  • Testimonial van

    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

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