Profile and Career
The pharmaceutical industry is financially strong and growing and developing rapidly. At all times, the industry needs to be able to recruit a sufficient number of graduates with a focused background in the pharmaceutical sciences. As a graduates in Pharmaceutical Sciences you will be in heavy demand in the pharmaceutical industry internationally and in the Danish biotech, medico-tech and pharmaceutical industries that hold a key position in the international arena.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree with a background in chemistry and biology, the MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences gives you the opportunity to tailor a two-year master’s programme weighted with drug-oriented courses. The programmes of The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences include pharmacy courses not found at other Danish universities.
If you are thinking of a career in the pharmaceutical industry, a Master of Science degree in the pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Copenhagen is an excellent springboard.
An MSc in the pharmaceutical sciences will give you an educational ballast that will supplement other experts in the field. Your educational profile will be much in demand thanks to your BSc in a technical, natural science or health science field combined with a pharmaceuticals-oriented MSc that focuses on medicines and the development of drugs and related products.
The University of Copenhagen is located in the midst of one of the world’s leading biotech areas – Medicon Valley – home to almost 300 ‘life science’ companies. The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is known for its extensive cooperation with industry. One of these cooperative endeavours is the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ own Drug Research Academy (DRA), where a number of Danish biotech and pharmaceutical companies co-finance PhD scholarships. DRA covers all key research areas in drug development from research, development and production to clinical testing.
"The master’s programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences is very flexible, which really appeals to me. I don’t think any two graduates will end up having had exactly the same academic profile, because you can tailor one that is unique. Teachers are open and sympathetic to the idea of new and different courses of study.
This close concentration of biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the region coupled with the Faculty’s cooperation with industry provides good opportunities for students to build contacts to future employers already while they are studying. The location presents optimal opportunities to find student jobs related to the field and to initiate thesis projects at one of the many companies in the area.
Bridge-builders in complicated processes
The development of new drugs and medicinal products is a long and complicated process that starts with the glimmer of a new idea and ends with the effective marketing of a finished product.
In the pharmaceutical industry project-oriented teamwork in a combination of fields is typical. Someone with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences is ideal for this type of team effort and has the skills to build bridges between people with various specialist backgrounds. Pharmaceutical companies as well as biotech companies have shown great interest in hiring graduates with the skills provided by the The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ MSc programme.
The pharmaceutical industry considers people with MSc degree in the pharmaceutical sciences to be a highly relevant supplement to pharmacists. Pharmaceuticals companies as well as biotech companies have shown great interest in hiring graduates with the skills provided by the The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ programme.
Please note that the Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences does not qualify graduates to practice as pharmacists at community or hospital pharmacies in Denmark and other EU countries.
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