Master's Programme in Drug Discovery and Development 2020/2021

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The development of new drugs is a highly challenging undertaking that requires both broad and specialist knowledge across a range of scientific areas. The Master's (120 credits) Programme in Drug Development at Uppsala University gives you the opportunity to meet these requirements. As part of the programme, you will study medicinal chemistry, drug development in biological systems as well as pharmaceutical formulation and drug production. All courses within the programme have a focus on drugs and their development and discovery.

Why this programme?

The Master's Program in Drug Discovery and Development is a two-year programme that gives you an in-depth knowledge of drug development, from idea to registered product. Drug development is a long and complicated process that requires expertise in several different areas. The programme prepares you to work with drug development in its various phases. It is possible to choose elective courses based on your own interest in, for example, the following subjects: medicinal chemistry, drug development in biological systems, drug formulation and delivery.


The programme leads to a Master of Pharmaceutical Science (120 credits) with Drug Discovery and Development as the main field of study.


The first year consists of compulsory courses with the aim to provide the student with a broad knowledge of drug development. During the second year, the student chooses courses, either among recommended specialisations, or freely among elective courses. At the end of the programme, the student undertakes a Master's project, worth either 30 or 45 credits

Courses within the programme

Semester 1
The first year consists of compulsory courses with the aim to provide students with a broad knowledge of drug development. There are alternative courses for students who have already taken corresponding courses as part of their Bachelor's education.
Drug Discovery and Development, 7.5 credits
Biologicals, 7.5 credits
Molecular Imaging with Focus on PET, 7.5 credits
Pharmacokinetics, 7.5 credits

Semester 2
Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics with Sequence Analysis, 7.5 credits
Molecular Biopharmaceutics, 7.5 credits
Clinical Trial Methodology, 7.5 credits
Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, 7.5 credits

Semester 3
During the second year, the student chooses courses.
Elective courses 15 credits and part of a Master's project 45 credits or elective courses 30 credits.

Semester 4
Master's project 30 credits or part of Master's project 45 credits.

Learning experience

Teaching is conducted in a range of formats including lectures, seminars, group assignments, laboratory sessions and independent project work. The programme is given full-time, during the daytime, with certain exceptions for the elective courses. The programme is delivered entirely in English.

The aim and contents of the courses are described in the respective course syllabi. At beginning of each course, detailed instructions about teaching and examination are provided to students. Compulsory attendance is sometimes required, and this will be detailed in the respective course syllabi. Certain courses may also be given in parallel.


The Master's Programme in Drug Discovery and Development gives students the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about drug development and the skills to work with the development of new drugs in different kinds of industries and workplaces. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • pharmaceutical industry
  • biotechnology companies
  • public authorities
  • universities


Master's Programme in Drug Discovery and Development

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M3176 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 15 credits in pharmacology and physiology, as well as 15 credits in general and organic chemistry.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?


Coordinator Luke Odell

+46 18 471 42 97

Faculty of Pharmacy

BMC Husargatan 3

Box 256, 751 05 UPPSALA

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