M.Sc. On Campus

Drug Discovery and Safety - Molecular Toxicology

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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On Drug Discovery and Safety - Molecular Toxicology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  you will examine the interaction between molecules and the human body from a range of perspectives: organic chemical, medicinal chemical, toxicological, pharmacological and genetic. 


Within the Drug Discovery and Safety - Molecular Toxicology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, previously Drug Disposition and Safety Assessment) you will learn how chemicals are processed in the body and how they can interfere with cellular and biological processes. This includes biological systems involved in biotransformation and transport of xenobiotics, adaptive stress response pathways, and toxicity mechanisms. In this specialisation you can work with recombinant proteins, liver microsomes, human liver and renal cell models as well as differentiated iPS cells and use a wide range of high-end technology platforms, such as HPLC-MS, High Content Imaging and Seahorse.

Key facts:

The Master’s in Drug Discovery and Safety is a two-year programme. This specialisation will be part of your first year of study and comprises three mandatory courses (3x6 EC) and there is a list of elective courses that allow you to tune the study programme towards your own interests and prepare for a major research traineeship (42-60 EC) in one of the specialised labs.

Start working

With a Master’s degree in Drug Discovery and Safety, you have excellent employment prospects. Start working as a medicinal researcher at a hospital, choose for a management or consultant function at a pharmaceutical company or work for a governmental agency as, for instance, a registration specialist or an advisor.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • ADMET 
  • Molecular and Cellular Toxicology 
  • Advanced course on Molecular Toxicology 
  • Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animal Experiments in Biomedical Research: From Origins to Implementation
  • Human cells in culture 
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Approaches

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Drug Discovery and Safety programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
  • In order to gain admission to the Drug Discovery and Safety Master’s programme, you will need to have at least 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. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

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

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 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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