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University of Basel

Drug Sciences Degree: Master

The Master of Science Drug Sciences provides theoretical and practical skills in the field of the discovery, development and safety aspects of drugs. This Master program is focused on a future career in industrial or academic research, product development or in a regulatory agency.

Drug Sciences

Focal area of teaching and research

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and its associates offer a comprehensive Master course for students with a Bachelor degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Students with a Bachelor in a related field within the natural or medical sciences are also encouraged to apply. This course provides basic knowledge focusing on pharmacology and toxicology as well as on the drug discovery and development process. The curriculum was developed by a collaboration of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel in close collaboration with scientists from the Department Biomedicine, the Basel-based life science industry, the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology and regulatory authorities.

Course structure

The Master of Science degree requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The MSc Drug Sciences awards 120 ECTS credits in total. The course comprises lectures, seminars, a practical training, as well as a ten months supervised Master’s thesis work. Elective courses complement the program in order to promote individual skills. One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.

Master of Science (120 KP)
Drug Sciences
105 KP
15 KP

Combination of subjects

The degree programs at the Faculty of Science are generally mono-courses with the possible addition of an in-depth subject and an elective subject. The Master’s degree program Drug Sciences does include an elective subject; however, no other subjects are required.

Career opportunities

With the qualification of the MSc Drug Sciences, and potentially a subsequent doctorate, you acquire an excellent foundation for a position in industrial or academic research, product development or in a regulatory agency.

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