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Medicinal Chemistry

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

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6750 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Aarhus University’s MSc in Medicinal Chemistry builds on a strong chemical foundation and constitutes a flexible study programme that can be tailored to the specific interests of the individual student, while aligning with the interests of the business community, research institutions and the public sector. While the programme is customisable, there is an emphasis on the medicinal aspects of chemistry, such as organic synthesis, drug delivery, and protein structure and function.

Learn from Leaders in the Field

Course content is heavily influenced by the latest research conducted at Aarhus University, as all lecturers are also active researchers. Students are expected to engage in fundamental research projects with research groups in the department, and there may be opportunities to work with private companies or public institutions during their studies. Students will be able to specialise within one area of medicinal chemistry in which Aarhus University is particularly strong, such as organic synthesis, analysis of new bioactive compounds, structure and activity of membrane bound proteins, microscopic structure of bones and other bioinorganic materials, modelling of proteins and their interaction with pharmaceuticals, or drug delivery and chemical biology.

Programme Structure

Students enrolled in the MSc Medicinal Chemistry programme participate in courses and then complete their studies with one academic year conducting independent research within a research group under the supervision of a department researcher, or with an external partner.

Student Life

Chemistry students quickly become acquainted with Alkymia, the department’s student association, which hosts a weekly Danish Friday bar and organises a range of exciting social events. The Mathematics/Physics Student Council also organises regular academic events for chemistry students.


Medicinal chemistry graduates go into R&D and consultancy jobs across the public and private sectors; several graduates are working in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. You will be well placed as a graduate of the programme to work with companies such as Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, LeoPharma and Lundbeck. Your strong chemistry background will also give you a point of entry into careers with companies in other sectors, such as DuPont, Chr. Hansen, and Eurofins.
There are more chemistry openings in Denmark than there are domestic graduates to fill them, making unemployment very low for graduates in medicinal chemistry.


To find out more about admission to the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry please visit the programme’s website.

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

Apply directly at Aarhus University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University 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.


Please read more about tuition fee here →

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


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01


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