Pharmaceutics is the science of medicines design. This MSc was introduced in direct response to the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry for highly skilled formulation scientists capable of taking promising new drug candidates and developing them into world-class medicines. Graduates of this programme are highly competitive in the global jobs market.
This programme provides education in the science of successful medicines design, development and manufacture. Students acquire the key skills needed to pursue a career in industrial product development or a research career in the design of drug delivery systems. Particular emphasis is placed on developing research skills.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake a research project, which is the major component of the MSc programme and culminates in a written dissertation and oral presentation.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as industrial visits. Assessment is through a combination of written examinations, coursework assignments, and the research project.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Pharmaceutics MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme progress to careers in various areas of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs. Others pursue a PhD in the UK or overseas. For instance, our recent graduates have found work with major companies such as Aptuit, Quintiles IMS and Pfizer, and undertaking PhDs in leading universities such as UCL and the University of Nottingham.
Employability skills are embedded in the programme, with emphasis placed on the development of "soft" skills, and a series of bespoke sessions organised on CV writing, undertaking interviews, and networking. We make extensive efforts to provide opportunities for students to meet and connect with potential employers.
The research project, perhaps the most exciting aspect of this programme lasts four months. During this period you will join the research team of one of our world-leading academics, pursuing research that will advance the progress of contemporary medicine design.
Our close links with the UK pharma industry mean we can arrange careers days and other networking opportunities where you will have direct access to potential employers.
We have introduced elements to the programme which will provide evidence of continuing professional development and increase your employability. These include building a portfolio of practical and analytical skills, and classes to develop your key skills in communication, calculations, and IT.
This specialisation involves studying the design and synthesis of complex molecular systems, and addressing challenging problems, such as wound healing and drug delivery. At the interface of biology and chemistry you will get a solid foundation in modern synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry and chemical biology. This multidisciplinary knowledge is essential for industries of the future, where chemistry and the life sciences become more and more intertwined. As a Chemistry for Life Master's student you will obtain the knowledge and skills you need to develop the next generation of medicines.
The Master’s specialisation in Chemistry for Life is taught at the Faculty of Science. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The track consists of:
- 15 EC of compulsory courses
- 15 EC of electives
- Two internships of in total total 90 EC
If you can handle the studyload and want to add another course to personalise your Master’s programme, you are certainly free to do so.
You can either follow the above-mentioned research Master's specialisation as a whole (2 years), or you can combine the first year of the research track with an additional year of one of three societal Master’s specialisations, namely:
- Science in Society
- Science, Management and Innovation
- Science and Education (in Dutch only)
* European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
The workload of an academic year is equivalent to 60 European credits (EC), where 1 EC point is 28 hours of study. This system allows you to check whether the courses you have followed in a particular year (along with other activities that earn credits) meet the European requirements.
In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based);
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5;
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher
Career perpectives of chemical biologists are very broad: our graduates work in the pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences industries. High tech start-ups are also an option. There are numerous opportunities for PhD positions, including at the national Graduate School in Chemical Biology.
We stimulate our Master's students to develop a critical mind and a problem solving attitude. Some of them will become the next generation of top scientists, all of them will have a job within a few months after graduation:
- 40% become PhD students at a university
- 60% work at a research institute, in the (bio)chemical industry or in one of our spin-off companies
- A small proportion do not work in science but for instance as a policymaker at a governmental organisation.
Teachers and researchers at Radboud University are very open and approachable for students, and the student-teacher ratio is low. The teachers also introduce you to their research: the knowledge from their lab is your course material. During your internships, you'll get to know them even better, as you'll become member of one of their research groups.
Research internships can be performed at the Institute of Molecules and Materials (IMM), the Radboud Institute of Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), or other institutes and companies. Possible research subjects are:
- Drug delivery using nanocapsules
- Developing hydrogels for wound healing
- Designing new responsive biocompatible materials
- Unraveling the structure and function of proteins
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/chemistryforlife