Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MSc)

University of Groningen

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation at University of Groningen

How can we make use of the immune system in order to target cancer? How does early life nutrition impact metabolic health in adulthood? How can microorganisms help fight against infectious diseases?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions andare you interested in the pathophysiology of diseases, precisionmedicine, and the development of new therapies and drugs?

The selective two-year master programme Medical andPharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI) offers research-mindedstudents small-group interactive teaching in an international andmultidisciplinary environment. You will learn how to creativelyapply knowledge and we will train you to become a critical andanalytical scientist. You will be challenged with excitingcutting-edge research and methodologies and will learn how tocritically read the literature, design novel research questions,translate hypotheses into testable research plans, and writescientific essays.

As a student you can focus on your interests and ambitions byparticipating in one of the following tracks after the firstsemester:

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

How can we make use of the immune system in order to target cancer? How does early life nutrition impact metabolic health in adulthood? How can microorganisms help fight against infectious diseases?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions andare you interested in the pathophysiology of diseases, precisionmedicine, and the development of new therapies and drugs?

The selective two-year master programme Medical andPharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI) offers research-mindedstudents small-group interactive teaching in an international andmultidisciplinary environment. You will learn how to creativelyapply knowledge and we will train you to become a critical andanalytical scientist. You will be challenged with excitingcutting-edge research and methodologies and will learn how tocritically read the literature, design novel research questions,translate hypotheses into testable research plans, and writescientific essays.

As a student you can focus on your interests and ambitions byparticipating in one of the following tracks after the firstsemester:

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

After your studies

Job prospects

Upon completion of this programme you are fully prepared tobecome a PhD student in a competitive international researchprogramme. Currently, most graduates have continued their researchactivities in PhD projects. Many stay at the University MedicalCenter Groningen or at the department of Pharmacy, while othershave gone to a selection of other prestigious institutions.

Upon completion of this programme you are fully prepared tobecome a PhD student in an international research programme. Infact, a number of students will be offered a full PhD scholarship.Many stay at the UMCG, however, others have gone to a selection of other prestigious institutions or employers.

Job examples

  • Academia
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Consultancy
  • Nutrigenomics Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
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Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
FarmacieAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Pharmaceutical SciencesAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Life Science and TechnologyAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
BiologyAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Moleculaire LevenswetenschappenAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

The selection committee makes a first evaluation and decideswhich students will be invited for an interview. During theinterview students will be asked to:

  • explain their motivation
  • present their BSc thesis
  • present a scientific paper
language test

Students must meet the English language requirements statedbelow:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based 580
  • TOEFL computer based 237
  • TOEFL internet based 92
  • Cambridge English: CAE or CPE Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium ofinstruction
previous education

Bachelor's degree in the fields of biology, pharmacy, lifescience and technology or (bio)medical sciences.

reference letter

One letter of recommendation from an academic must besubmitted.

other admission requirements

Non-EU students may apply for a scholarship for MPDI. Theprocess of obtaining a scholarship is highly selective and non-EUstudents will need to indicate within their letter of motivationwhether they depend on a scholarschip in order to be able to enrollin MPDI or not. Furthermore it is wise to motivate why we shouldselect you for a scholarship.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

The selection committee makes a first evaluation and decideswhich students will be invited for an interview. During theinterview students will be asked to:

  • explain their motivation
  • present their BSc thesis
  • present a scientific paper
language test

Students who hold a VWO level high school diploma includingEnglish, meet the English language requirements.

reference letter

Students will need to submit one academic reference.

Registration procedure

After you complete your application, the selection committeewill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements. If so, students are required tosubmit a letter of motivation and one letter of recommendation froman academic. After evaluating these documents, the selectioncommittee decides whether a student is invited for aninterview.

For enrollment, please note that you have to apply for theprogramme via Studielink. Studentwith a Dutch degree should, after applying via Studielink, send ane-mail to mpdi@umcg.nl for further instructionsabout the application procedure.

If you are applying with a foreign (non-Dutch) degree, pleasefinalize your application in our Online ApplicationSystem. More information about which steps to take as an internationalstudent can be found here.

After you complete your application, the selection committeewill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements. If so, students are required tosubmit a letter of motivation and one letter of recommendation froman academic. After evaluating these documents, the selectioncommittee decides whether a student is invited for aninterview.

Please note that MPDI offers an early bird application deadlineof 15 January 2018! For enrollment, please not that you have toapply for the programme via Studielink. Afterwards, pleasesend an email to mpdi@umcg.nl forfurther instructions about the application procedure.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

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