Drug Discovery and Safety, M.Sc. | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
24 months
15500 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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From the characterization of molecular causes of pathology to a generation of new therapeutics to treat diseases, from small molecules and proteins to diseases and medicines. If you are fascinated by the idea of developing new pharmacological therapies, then the Drug Discovery and Safety MSc programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is the Master’s programme for you.


At the Drug Discovery and Safety MSc programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will examine the interaction between molecules and the human body from a range of perspectives: chemical, medical, toxicological, pharmacological and genetic. 

You will focus on a specialisation that suits your specific interests while working in a multidisciplinary environment where you will be challenged to address key questions about the medicines of the future. Sixty per cent of diseases are still incurable, so there are still a great many challenges for researchers to tackle.

Career prospects

  • Graduates in Drug Discovery and Safety have excellent employment prospects and can generally expect to earn a good salary. This Master’s programme opens up a whole range of career opportunities. 
  • The most obvious ones are in medicinal research, the pharmaceuticals industry and hospital laboratories, but there are also plenty of opportunities within research institutes and government inspection agencies.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

First Year Specialisations:

  • Drug Design and Synthesis
  • Drug Discovery and Target Finding
  • Drug Disposition and Safety Assessment
  • Computational Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Diagnostics and Imaging

Second Year Specialisations:

  • Science in Society
  • Science Communication
  • Secondary Education Teacher Training for STEM Disciplines

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • You can gain direct admission to the Master's programme Drug Discovery and Safety with a Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Chemistry.
  • Create an enrollment application in Studielink
  • Complete your application in Vuweb
  • Pay the application fee (€100)
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 or 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Intent (Letter of Motivation)
  • Diploma(s): A copy of the original Bachelor's degree or certificate.
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or alternative piece of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses followed and literature used during your previous higher education

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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