M.Sc. On Campus

Medicinal Chemistry

University of Copenhagen

24 months
16808 EUR/year
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Are you fascinated by organic chemistry and designing potential drug substances? Then the master’s programme in Medicinal Chemistry course at University of Copenhagen is the answer for you.


At the Msc in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen you work with the design of potential drug substances. Organic chemistry and synthesis development are the core subjects and the focus is on macromolecular and small molecule drugs.

You can follow courses on the rational design of new drugs, coupled with project work that provides insight into the use of modern computerized chemical methods in drug design. 

You can also take courses which deal with the preparation and modification of peptides and proteins as potential drugs, internationally a fast-track area of growth. Finally, you can take radiopharmaceutical courses, which deal with radioactive labeling techniques and the use of radioactivity in modern drug development.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate with a Medicinal Chemistry course at University of Copenhagen your educational profile will be much in demand thanks to your BSc in a technical or natural science field combined with a pharmaceuticals-oriented MSc that focuses on medicines and the development of drugs and related products.

As a medicinal chemist you can expect to find work in the area of the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biotech industry that conducts research into new drugs. 

In the industry you will work with other research scientists in the drug field – pharmacists, pharmacologists, radiopharmacists and molecular biologists, for example – to design and synthesize new compounds with the potential to become future drugs. 

Another important job area for medicinal chemists is working with patent experts and others to ensure that new drugs are patented.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reactions and Synthesis in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biopharmaceuticals: Design and Modification of Biomacromolecules
  • Medicinal and Biostructural Chemistry 
  • Heterocyclic Chemistry
  • Computational Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biopharmaceutical profile

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

  • Admission to the master’s degree programme in Medicinal Chemistry requires as a minimum successful completion of a qualifying and recognised university degree equivalent in level and content to a Danish bachelor’s degree.
  • If you have completed a bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in the final semester of a bachelor’s programme you are eligible to apply for admission to the master’s degree programme in Medicinal Chemistry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16808 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8404 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • DKK 62,500 are paid in 4 rates (one each semester) throughout the two-year MSc programme (for international students)

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /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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