24 months
15000 EUR/year
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MSc graduates in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will gain solid knowledge of all phases of drug development—with special emphasis on biopharma.

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The pharmaceutical industry is in great need of graduates with extensive knowledge of drug development, especially when it comes to drugs based on biological molecules, which is a global growth area in the pharmaceutical industry—e.g. in connection with age-related diseases, cancer, complex lifestyle diseases, autoimmune diseases, and certain infectious diseases.

Study programme focus

On the MSc in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) you will learn how to design, develop, and test drugs in line with the methods applied by the pharmaceutical industry. You will acquire a broad range of competencies in all areas of pharma—e.g. diagnostics and nanotechnological treatment methods. Of course, the legal aspects relating to documentation, approval, and distribution of drugs also form part of the study programme.

The pharma technology core of the MSc programme consists of a number of mandatory courses covering the pharmaceutical drug discovery process, as well as high-level biology courses supplemented with in-depth methodology and technology courses.

‘Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering’ is offered on the basis of a new and original programme concept where project work in close collaboration with relevant pharmaceutical companies plays an important role. The companies propose specific issues for the project courses, allowing you to use your technical and scientific knowledge to solve research and development problems currently challenging the pharmaceutical industry. In this way, you will learn to solve ‘real-life cases’, while also expanding and specializing your knowledge and competencies at a theoretical level.

Career opportunities

Graduates are employed by Danish and international pharmaceutical companies, where they are involved in the various stages of drug development, including basic research and development as well as preclinical research in animal and cell models, and in production-related areas such as CMC production design and documentation, i.e. including the clinical stages. Examples of specific areas of expertise are drug delivery, vaccine development, development of antibodies for diagnostic, preventive and treatment purposes, biomarker discovery, validation and development of new assay methods. 

In the research and development area, pharmaceutical engineers typically find jobs as specialists or team leaders in large and medium-sized pharmaceutical, vaccine and diagnostic companies, or specialists in smaller companies in the same sectors. 

As a pharmaceutical engineer, you can also serve as a link between preclinical phases and the various phases of clinical testing, and you can carry out market- and commercial rights-related tasks in connection with product marketing, IPR, and monitoring in collaboration with financial and legal stakeholders. 

With an MSc degree in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering, you are furthermore qualified for jobs in the patent business. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pharmaceutical Drug Development
  • Pharmaceutical Process Development
  • Innovation in Engineering   
  • Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary teams
  •     Drug delivery
  • Assay Technology
  • Eukaryotic cell biology   

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • BSc Eng and BSc (Natural Science) students with relevant background such as
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • may have access to admission subject to an individual assesment. The applicants should have a strong working knowledge of natural sciences.

  • The required level will be evaluated by comparison with the contents of the corresponding DTU courses and the courses must be passed with good marks. Admission will be decided on basis of relevance and quality of the applicant’s educational background.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

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

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /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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