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Drug Discovery and Safety - Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD)

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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On Drug Discovery and Safety - Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) 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. 


VU Amsterdam has a world-renowned reputation in the area of computational sciences and in the specialisation Drug Discovery and Safety - Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will use our state-of-the art computational infrastructure and emerging computational technologies to understand the molecular features leading to biological activity.

Key facts:

You will explore the fascinating structures of proteins and other drug targets, using methods such as molecular docking, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and free-energy calculations. Even before a molecule has been created and tested, you will be able to predict whether it is likely to have medicinal applications. You can focus on the development of new computational methodology to study ligand-protein interactions and develop more accurate molecular simulation methods. Alternatively, you can focus on CADD applications in the field of drug design, molecular pharmacology or toxicology.

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:

  • Physical Organic Chemistry 
  • Computer-Aided Drug Design and Virtual Screening
  • Structure & function in medicinal chemistry
  • ADMET 
  • Biomolecular Simulations in Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology

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.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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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

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 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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