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Students from PharmaSchoolAt the Msc in Medicinal Chemistry you work with the design of potential drug substances. Organic chemistry and synthesis development are the core subjects and the focus is on macromolecular and small molecule drugs.

You can follow courses on the rational design of new drugs, coupled with project work that provides insight into the use of modern computerized chemical methods in drug design. You can also take courses which deal with the preparation and modification of peptides and proteins as potential drugs, internationally a fast-track area of growth. Finally, you can take radiopharmaceutical courses, which deal with radioactive labeling techniques and the use of radioactivity in modern drug development. Read more about your medicinal chemistry competences.

"At Lundbeck the medicinal chemist contributes with expert knowledge on drug design and synthesis.  She ensures that our projects are based on the best hits and that the hits will be optimized to candidate drugs of high quality, i.e. molecules with focus on safe target engagement.

Niels Svenstrup, Head of Department, Medicinal Chemistry, H. Lundbeck A/S

The focus on structure-based drug research, peptide modification and radiopharmaceutical chemistry as core areas distinguishes the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences from similar programmes at other universities.

See a number of case stories illustrating various types of contributions made by medicinal chemists.

A bachelor degree in pharmacy, chemistry or medicinal chemistry for example, are an excellent starting point if you want to study medicinal chemistry. Contact us to find out more or if you are in doubt about whether you have the right qualifications for admission to the programme.  

Examples of employment opportunities for holders of an MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

  • The degree qualifies the holder for admission to PhD programmes in organic chemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry and/or medicinal chemistry, for example, including structural chemistry and computerised drug design.
  • Development of new radioactive entities as well as routine production of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and therapy at hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Patenting – positions in pharmaceutical companies and private- or public-sector patent agencies, for example.
  • Upscaling – process chemistry. Developing effective, safe, robust synthesis procedures for use in high-volume production of the active drug substance. Production is performed according to GMP (good manufacturing practice). The work also includes producing reference substances for analytical use and patenting.
  • Chemistry and manufacturing control (CMC) as an employee of a parent company or a CRO (Contract Research Organisation), that is, small, specialised research enterprises.
  • Regulatory affairs and QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control). Among other things, pharmaceutical companies are required to document that they develop and produce drugs in accordance with GMP. The skills of the medicinal chemist are needed for this and many similar functions.