Programme Structure

The two-year MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences is based on compulsory and elective courses and a final thesis. All courses are taught in English.

You can choose to specialise in one of three tracks that are connected to the various phases of the drug development process:

Year 2 Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Elective modules, exams and master’s thesis

The three tracks begin with the courses in Drug Discovery and Development, Pharmaceutics and Drug Development, and Principles of Pharmacology. These three courses form a common scientific basis regardless of which track you have chosen.

You then follow three compulsory courses specific to your track, which give you a defined scientific profile. Further specialization is elective courses and theses.

Once you have selected your track, you can select courses from the other two tracks into your study plan as electives. The flexibility in choice of electives gives you the opportunity to form a programme that is highly focused on similar topics, or there is the opportunity to form a broader educational programme by choosing electives with very different topics. 

It can be a good idea to identify your thesis supervisor early in the programme and discuss the choice of electives.

At the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and abroad

As an MSc student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, you will spend much of your time at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences on the North Campus of UCPH where you will become part of the unique, prizewinning study environment.

For some semesters it will be possible for you to take courses at other UCPH faculties or other universities in Denmark and abroad. There are also good opportunities available for you to write your thesis in industry in Denmark or abroad.