Drug Discovery and Development

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Foreign:$ 14.5k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 13, 2022
StudyQA ranking:369

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The Programme gives you a deep understanding of up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets and to generate lead drug molecules. It also provides knowledge of technological innovations as well as methods of clinical drug research and development phases, clinical trial design, study planning and biostatistics. In addition, you will learn about drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance.

After graduation, you will master drug discovery and development processes as well as procedures applied in drug regulatory science. You will also be familiar with the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug. The University of Turku also offers Drug Research Doctoral Programme for post-graduate studies.

You will get comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The Programme also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.


The Programme is open to applicants who have sufficient background knowledge in biological and/or natural sciences and have completed a lower university degree, BSc degree (180 ECTS), in the field of:

  • biomedical sciences
  • pharmacology
  • pharmacy
  • biochemistry
  • biology
  • medical sciences
  • other life sciences
  • bioengineering
  • chemistry

The applicants should be familiar with the basics of laboratory practice and pharmacology. Both Finnish and international students are welcome to apply to the Programme.

The student selection has two stages. First, the admission committee selects the candidates for an interview by scoring the following application components:

  • Previous studies in the relevant fields
  • Previous academic success and study history
  • Laboratory working experience
  • Motivation letter

The best scoring applicants will be invited for the interview. Selected applicants will be invited to the interview 1-2 weeks in advance. Interviews will be held via Skype.

The interview performance, including English skills, is separately scored.


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