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Drug Sciences, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #96 (ARWU) ,
The Master of Science Drug Sciences provides theoretical and practical skills in the field of the discovery, development and safety aspects of drugs. This Master program is focused on a future career in industrial or academic research, product development or in a regulatory agency. 


The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and its associates offer a comprehensive Master course for students with a Bachelor degree in pharmaceutical sciences. This course provides basic knowledge focusing on pharmacology and toxicology as well as on the drug discovery and development process. The curriculum was developed by a collaboration of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel in close collaboration with scientists from the Department Biomedicine, the Basel-based life science industry, the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology and regulatory authorities.

Programme Structure

The Master of Science degree requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The MSc Drug Sciences awards 120 ECTS credits in total. The course comprises lectures, seminars, a practical training, as well as a ten months supervised Master’s thesis work. Elective courses complement the program in order to promote individual skills. One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Basel allows for direct admission to the Master’s degree program Drug Sciences. Other Swiss university degrees have to be approved by the respective teaching committee. Foreign degrees have to be approved by the examination commission of the Faculty of Science.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1466 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 733 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1466 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 733 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • CHF 850 per semester

Living costs for Basel

  • 1615 - 2340 CHF/month
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