Master of Science (MSc) in Pharmaceutical design and engineering

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Choose from a range of technological specialization courses and elective courses to create an individual profile.
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Master of Science (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering

MSc graduates in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering gain solid knowledge of all phases of drug development—with special emphasis on biopharma.

Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering

Study Programme

The pharmaceutical industry is in great need of graduates with extensive knowledge of drug development, especially when it comes to drugs based on biological molecules, which is a global growth area in the pharmaceutical industry—e.g. in connection with age-related diseases, cancer, complex lifestyle diseases, autoimmune diseases, and certain infectious diseases.

On the MSc in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering, you will learn how to design, develop, and test drugs in line with the methods applied by the pharmaceutical industry. You will acquire a broad range of competencies in all areas of pharma - e.g. diagnostics and nanotechnological treatment methods. Of course, the legal aspects relating to documentation, approval, and distribution of drugs also form part of the study programme.

The pharma technology core of the MSc programme consists of a number of mandatory courses covering the pharmaceutical drug discovery process, as well as high-level biology courses supplemented with in-depth methodology and technology courses.

‘Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering’ is offered on the basis of a new and original programme concept where project work in close collaboration with relevant pharmaceutical companies plays an important role. The companies propose specific issues for the project courses, allowing you to use your technical and scientific knowledge to solve research and development problems currently challenging the pharmaceutical industry. In this way, you will learn to solve ‘real-life cases’, while also expanding and specializing your knowledge and competencies at a theoretical level.

You will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with both Danish and international companies - either as part of the courses, as an individual project or while writing your thesis.

The MSc is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

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Combine work with studies

This study programme is also available as an Industry study programme where you can combine work and study over a 4-year period. Special rules apply.

Industry MSc Eng programmes

You will not find pre-defined sub programmes or specializations on the DTU Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering MSc programme.

You can choose from a range of technological specialization courses and combine with elective courses to create precisely the individual Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering profile to match your interests and background. That said, there is still a number of core mandatory courses clearly defining the Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering candidate.

See the full description of the courses under "Curriculum".


Graduates from the programme are well-suited to function as a link between the various stages in the development and production of pharmaceuticals, and to fill management positions at different levels of industry.

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