The two-year MSc programme in Medicinal Chemistry consists of compulsory and elective courses and a final thesis. All programme courses are taught in English.Compulsory courses
Here you can read about the compulsory courses in the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry.
Elective courses and MSc thesis
- Reactions and Synthesis in Medicinal Chemistry
- Biopharmaceuticals: Chemical Design & Modification of Biomacromolecules
- Medicinal and Biostructural Chemistry
- Heterocyclic Chemistry
- Structural and Computational Medicinal Chemistry
You can choose elective courses and a thesis subject to tailor a programme that matches your interests. School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmaSchool) and Faculty of Science follow the same academic year and course block structure, which means you can take courses at both faculties.
Here are a few examples of relevant elective courses offered either by PharmaSchool or Faculty of Science in 2013/2014. Please note that the courses offered vary from year to year.
- Advances in Medicinal Chemistry Research
- Advanced Spectroscopy
- Applied Drug Metabolism
- Drug Discovery and Development
- Biophysical Techniques
- Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Biopharmaceuticals: Formulation of Peptides and Proteins
- Pharmaceutical Preformulation - Profiling Drug Substances for the Biomedical Sciences
- Protein Structure and Function
You can carry out your thesis project together with a research group at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences or at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.
At The Department of Chemistry masters projects are offered by these research groups.Profiles
You can also choose to focus on an elective profile within the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry:
- Biopharmaceutical profile
- Organic Chemistry and Drug Discovery profile
- Tailor-made profile
Double Degree with VU University of Amsterdam
International experience is very important for not only Danish students, but for all students pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry and entering into the programme.
In collaboration with Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (VU University of Amsterdam), we have established a so-called double degree programme within the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen and the MSc in Drug Discovery and Safety at VU University of Amsterdam.
Double degree programme structure
If you sign up for the double degree and are enrolled, you will carry out year one at University of Copenhagen (UCPH) taking all compulsory courses and some elective courses.
After that, you will take year two at VU University of Amsterdam enrolled in the MSc programme in Drug Discovery and Safety. At VU University of Amsterdam, you will carry out your thesis and some additional elective courses.
You will have a supervisor at both universities, and you will present and defend your master thesis at both universities.
When you have passed all exams you will get a diploma from both universities stating you have earned the MSc title in Medicinal Chemistry from University of Copenhagen as well as the MSc title in Drug Discovery and Safety from VU University of Amsterdam.
At the University of Copenhagen and abroad
The programme has been developed in close collaboration with the pharmaceutical companies based in Medicon Valley and The Faculty of Science. As a student in medicinal chemistry, you will spend most of your time on the University of Copenhagens North Campus and Frederiksberg Campus. For some semesters it will be possible for you to take courses at other universities in Denmark or abroad. Likewise, there are good opportunities to write your industry-based thesis in Denmark or abroad.
All research groups involved with the programme enjoy close cooperation with relevant medicinal chemistry departments in pharmaceutical companies based on the Danish side of Medicon Valley. This cooperation is a key element of several programme courses as well as thesis-related work. The close contact established during the programme is also expected to play an important role in the transition from study to professional career.