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Industrial Drug Development

Master (1 year) of Industrial Drug Development, 60 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus North Campus
Duration 2-6 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 5699 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 4524 EUR


Compulsory courses make up about half of the programme. They are designed as intensive one- or two-week courses that require various degrees of preparation. The number of courses followed per year is up to participants and their employers to decide. Elective courses and the final master’s project make up the second half of the programme and are selected by participants in cooperation with a supervisor from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Employer input is also welcome.
Read more about the compulsory and elective courses here (pdf)

Drug development is a long, complex process requiring the interaction of numerous specialist fields. Growing competition in the industry has increased the need to coordinate the many elements involved in order to accelerate the drug development process and smooth the transition of candidate drugs to market. Skilful coordination of all the disciplines involved, from early target identification and validation through safety and efficacy testing to market launch, can streamline the approach to the production of new medicines

The MIND programme is a 2-6 year part-time programme equivalent to 1 year of full-time study. MIND consists of 9 compulsory courses, a number of elective study units and a master's project.

Career Opportunities  

MIND graduates are able to:
  • effectively and critically evaluate each stage of the drug development process and predict future bottlenecks
  • critically evaluate validation  of drug targets
  • manage and develop complex work situations related to drug discovery and development
  • critically evaluate chemical process development projects
  • independently initiate and carry out discipline-specific and interdisciplinary collaboration related to drug development
  • initiate, plan, implement and assume professional responsibility for drug development projects from discovery to clinical trials and registration
  • organise the elements of a drug development programme
  • liaise and communicate professionally, using scientific terminology, with other specialist groups within the drug development industry
  • take independent responsibility for own professional development.

About the Degree

Master of Industrial Drug Development is aimed at experienced people in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, clinical research organisations, and to some extent the medico industry, who are involved in developing drugs and need an overview of the process in its entirety as well as in-depth understanding of the individual elements.


Applicants must:
  • hold at least a relevant bachelor’s degree, professional bachelor’s degree, diploma degree or equivalent. Relevant disciplines would be chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, medicines, biomedicines, human biology, molecular biology, veterinary sciences, health sciences, nursing and engineering.
  • have at least two years of relevant work experience related to drug development
  • be proficient in English
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To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact [your institution] 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 part-time degree students with a citizenship within and outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. 

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

Autumn | All applicants

Application date
May 01
Start date
Sep 01

North Campus


North Campus

With the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet) as the next door neighbour, the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are very well placed in the North Campus. North Campus is an ideal setting for interdisciplinary reseach fields. Massive investments in research infrastructure, including the construction of the Niels Bohr Building and the Maersk Building,  are currently being made to develop the area around the North Campus into Copenhagen Science City. North Campus is very centrally located and transport links are excellent. Many students and teacher  also use their bike, and biking in Copenhagen is easy and convenient.

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