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Pharmaceutical Technology - Discovery, Development and Production

Lund University

24 months
14184 EUR/year
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The Master’s programme in Pharmaceutical Technology - Discovery, Development and Production from Lund University will prepare you for an exciting career in pharmaceuticals, no matter if you aim for working in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory authorities or for future PhD studies. 

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The Master's in Pharmaceutical Technology - Discovery, Development and Production from Lund University is one of few with a broad approach that includes the entire pharmaceutical process; from discovery and identification of the active substance, to the development and production of the final drug, covering both biomolecules and small organic pharmaceutical molecules. The programme aims to expose students to as authentic industrial development scenarios as possible, with strong emphasis on laboratory practice and project-based learning.

The Master’s programme in Pharmaceutical Technology focuses on three main areas:

  • Small organic molecule drug discovery including pharmacology
  • Biological drug discovery including pharmacology
  • Product development, production and quality assurance

The core of this programme comprises three compulsory courses and two compulsory project-based courses. The compulsory courses will secure that all students, independent of specialisation later on, gain general and sufficient in-depth knowledge for the discovery and product development of both small organic molecules and biologic pharmaceuticals as well as in formulation and production.

The programme is concluded with a Master degree project, which can be performed at Lund University or in collaboration with external partners including well-established collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry as well as with other highly ranked universities, national and international.

Career prospects

The pharmaceutical industry experiences a continuing and growing demand for the recruitment of highly skilled employees with insight and knowledge covering the entire development process leading to a drug. Graduates of the programme will be well-prepared to meet future challenges in an international, multidisciplinary pharmaceutic environment.

The programme is closely connected to one of northern Europe’s strongest biotech regions, the Medicon Valley, hosting at least 200 international pharmaceutical companies and affiliates. Globally, the trend of small companies delivering lead compounds, analytical methods, and advanced formulation solutions to large pharmaceutical companies is widely spreading. This is a rapidly growing industry in need of qualified employees.

​A likely first position for a student from this programme would be as organic or analytical chemist, as biochemist developing new biological pharmaceutical substances, as formulator of new drug products, at a position in the quality assurance field or within a regulatory authority. Alternatively, graduates could aim for further specialised studies as a PhD student.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation and Production 
  • Biopharmaceuticals  
  • Project in Pharmaceuticals, Materials or Chemistry
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You should apply between Mid-October to 15 January for studies starting in the autumn semester (August/September).


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 in chemical engineering, biotechnology, chemistry, medicinal chemistry or equivalent. At least 10 credits/ECTS in completed, dedicated mathematics courses (including at least 5 credits algebra and analysis, 3 credits statistics). Completed courses of at least 60 credits/ECTS in chemistry, chemical engineering and/or biotechnology, of which at least 5 credits/ECTS in organic chemistry, 5 credits/ECTS in biochemistry / cell biology, and 5 credits/ECTS in analytical chemistry. 
  • English 6.
  • The selection is based on academic qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14184 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28368 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000

Living costs for Lund

7428 - 11057 SEK /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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