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Drug Discovery and Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Köln, Germany
The Master's program in Drug Discovery and Development offers an excellent opportunity to obtain a degree in the field of pharmaceutical research and development. The program is jointly offered by TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) and the University of Cologne.
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The curriculum, with its clearly formulated entry requirements, is designed so that undergraduate or equivalent undergraduate and graduate students from relevant courses in the chemical, biological or medical-pharmaceutical fields can study the course equally consecutively. He has both an industrial and an academic graduate perspective and addresses the primary practical, creative and problem-solving orientation of the TH Cologne as well as the primary research orientation of the University of Cologne.

The course of studies distinguishes itself from the thematically related courses of studies by holistic-synoptic consideration of the discovery and development process of drugs, which focus more on specific sub- or framework aspects (eg medical-chemical, pharmacological, regulatory, toxicological) of the value-added chain are aligned.

After successful completion of the Drug Discovery and Development programme at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences), the path is open for direct entry into pharmaceutical research and development or promotion. In addition to the academic field, potential fields of activity or employers would be primarily the research-based pharmaceutical industry, but also small and medium-sized companies in the health sector (biotech companies, contract research institutes) as well as relevant national (eg BfArM) or international (eg EMA) authorities ,

Programme Structure

  • All disciplines involved here (analytics, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, galenics, management, molecular and clinical pharmacology) are integrated into the curriculum and interlinked. After only a few years of training, students should be able to distinguish themselves either directly or after completing a doctorate for an activity in this area.
  • Drug discovery is therefore essential to maintaining health and well-being, going far beyond the narrow focus on pharmaceutical applications. The changing, growing and aging society as well as difficult and changing environmental conditions require an adaptation or new development of active ingredients. 
  • In addition, the requirements for these with regard to effectiveness, safety and ecological sustainability are steadily increasing. A large part of the topics require the solution of fundamental scientific and especially medical or pharmaceutical problems.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Letter of motivation
  • Relevant professional experience (certificate of employment)
  • Specific previous majors eg. B. Internships
  • Other practical work
  • Special study achievements / profiles
  • Relevant publications
  • Subject orientation of theses
  • Special international experience eg. B. Relevant internships abroad lasting at least one month

Tuition Fee

  • International

    548 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 274 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    548 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 274 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Semester fee for the winter semester 

Living costs for Köln

  • 831 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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