In the Drug Discovery Sciences Master’s programme, you will examine the interaction between molecules and the human body from a range of perspectives: organic chemical, medicinal chemical, toxicological, pharmacological and genetic.
In the first year, you will work in a multidisciplinary environment in which you will be challenged to address key questions about the medicines of the future. But you will also choose a specialisation that suits your specific interests. There are five different specialisations to choose from. Each specialisation and profile combination includes a balance between compulsory courses, optional courses and research training.
You can specialise in Molecular Pharmacology (how can I modulate a biochemical process?), Synthesis of Drugs (how can I design and synthesise a potential drug for a specific target?), Molecular Toxicology (how are drugs metabolised in the human body and how can they cause toxicity?), Computer-Aided Drug Design (how can I predict the interaction between molecules and proteins?) and Bioanalytics (how can I detect and measure specific molecules in the human body?).
Your major research project is an important part of the Master’s programme. You can, for instance, explore the synthesis of light-sensitive drugs, the use of nanobodies as oncomodulators, mitochondrial toxicity in human iPS-derived cells, computer simulations to investigate the structure and dynamics of proteins, or bioanalysis for assessing venom pathologies as a basis for developing new snakebite treatments.
In your second year, you can choose to specialise in the MSc Research variant, or select another specialisation. Choose Science in Society or Science Communication to develop skills that bridge the gap between science and society, or focus on Education (only in Dutch) and receive a teaching certification for secondary education.
You can find all course descriptions, the year schedule and the teaching and examination regulation in the Study guide. Note: the current name of the Master's programme, Drug Discovery and Safety, is still mentioned here. From academic year 2023-2024, this Master's programme is called Drug Discovery Sciences.
The start date of this programme is September 1st