24 months
18000 EUR/year
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The Master’s Programme in Pharmaceutical Research, Development and Safety at University of Helsinki  offers the opportunity to obtain a comprehensive overview of the life cycle of drugs and their use. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


The study program combines compulsory and optional courses with study tracks that focus on three possible subdisciplines:

  • drug discovery and pharmacology,

  • drug development and

  • medication safety and effectiveness. 

The Programme in Pharmaceutical Research, Development and Safety at University of Helsinki combines research-oriented studies and high-quality pedagogical methods and integrates the perspective of Green and Sustainable Pharmacy into the curriculum, essential for managing the global sustainability challenge.


Upon graduating, you earn a degree in pharmaceutical sciences and gain expertise relevant to a wide range of careers in R&D and healthcare regulatory and management tasks in academia, pharmaceutical industry or the public sector (e.g. regulatory agencies). The programme is hosted by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, an internationally recognised drug research institute.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Quantitative methods for pharmaceutical research

  • Physical Pharmacy,

  • Internship

  • Research seminars in medication safety and effectiveness

  • Literature Review in medication safety and effectiveness,

  • Drug metabolism 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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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

  • To be eligible to apply to a master’s programme, you must have completed a first-cycle (bachelor's or equivalent) degree. 
  • If you complete your first-cycle degree only after the application period ends, you can still apply as long as you fulfil the other admission criteria. If you are offered a student place, it will be conditional and you must submit proof of your graduation by the date given in the admission criteria. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 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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