Medical Chemistry

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6640 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


This master’s programme is focused on the interdisciplinary field between chemistry, molecular biology and medical science. Whether you dream of a job in the pharmaceutical industry, the hospital sector or as a researcher, Medical Chemistry is a great starting point.

Career Opportunities

You can work in the pharmaceutical industry, developing new, biologically active molecules which form the basis for new pharmaceuticals. And with your experience in Chemistry and Biochemistry combined with knowledge of health and disease prevention, you can both contribute to advanced research and development and to more general project planning and management.

If you are more into the molecular-biological field, you can also work with research in the pre-clinical phase. Here, you perform tests to determine whether a newly developed medicine can be sent on through the testing process until finally reaching the clinical phase - that is clinical trials on human subjects.

If you want to work in research, a master’s from the University of Southern Denmark is an advantageous foundation to a PhD.

About the Programme

In this programme, you supplement your basic chemistry education with a range of advanced chemistry courses such as spectroscopy and molecular modelling, as well as a variety of elective courses in, for instance, organic chemistry, which provide experience in medical chemistry and the development of new pharmaceuticals. You can also take some health science courses in pharmacology and physiology.

The first semester will include chemistry courses such as spectroscopy and molecular modelling and a variety of courses in medical and biological chemistry, specialising you in the development of new medicines.

In the second semester you can do elective courses at the University of Southern Denmark or other universities abroad. You also have the option of conducting a research project in close collaboration with a business.

In the final year of the programme, you write a master's thesis. You will typically be assigned to a research team at the University. The thesis can also be completed in collaboration with external partners. The thesis has a scope of 60 ECTS, equivalent to a full year's work. You complete the project with an academic paper and an oral defence.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, you must hold a bachelor's degree (or other degree based on at least three years of higher education after the high school level). You must have qualifications in chemistry corresponding to at least 75 ECTS and qualifications in biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology or the formulation of medications corresponding to at least 25 ECTS.  

Students will be qualified for admission after an individual assessment by the Study Board.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact T
he University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.  

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring - Non-EU/EEA

Application date
Aug 01
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - EU/EAA/Swiss citizens

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Feb 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn | EU/EAA/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01



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