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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 and are you interested in the pathophysiology of diseases, precision medicine, and the development of new therapies and drugs?

The selective two-year master programme Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI) offers research-minded students small-group interactive teaching in an international and multidisciplinary environment. You will learn how to creatively apply knowledge and we will train you to become a critical and analytical scientist. You will be challenged with exciting cutting-edge research and methodologies and will learn how to critically read the literature, design novel research questions, translate hypotheses into testable research plans, and write scientific essays.

As a student you can focus on your interests and ambitions by participating in one of the following tracks after the first semester:

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

Job prospects

Upon completion of this programme you are fully prepared to become a PhD student in a competitive international research programme. Currently, most graduates have continued their research activities in PhD projects. Many stay at the University Medical Center Groningen or at the department of Pharmacy, while others have gone to a selection of other prestigious institutions.

Job examples

  • Academia
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Consultancy
  • Nutrigenomics Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur

Visit the Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!




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