The Programme gives you a deep understanding of up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets and to generate lead drug molecules. It also provides knowledge of technological innovations as well as methods of clinical drug research and development phases, clinical trial design, study planning and biostatistics. In addition, you will learn about drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance.
After graduation, you will master drug discovery and development processes as well as procedures applied in drug regulatory science. You will also be familiar with the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug. The University of Turku also offers Drug Research Doctoral Programme for post-graduate studies.
You will get comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The Programme also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.
"It has been a wonderful experience studying here at the University of Turku. Listening to experts’ lectures was very motivating and the library facilities here are the best."
"The best part of the programme is that the lectures are combined with practical cases which are related to solving problems you can have in real life."
"The programme has more than just knowledge to offer to its students as it focuses on multidisclipinarity, modern teaching techniques and the development of personal and professional skills."
Turku is a great place to study drug discovery and development. Of the Finnish drug innovations, 90 per cent have been made in Turku. To support the future discoveries, University of Turku has chosen drug development as one of its strategic profiling areas.
The research in biosciences and medicine is internationally ranked among the top in the world. The keys for success lie in long biomedical research traditions and a compact campus area where two universities and a university hospital operate to create an interdisciplinary and innovative study and research environment.
Research focus is on translational medicine, disease modelling and biomedical imaging. Available infrastructure includes the world famous Turku PET Centre and Turku Centre for Disease Modeling, both of which offer services for drug development research.
Turku also has the largest cluster of pharma industry in Finland. Nearby companies not only provide experts for visiting lectures, but also create internship and job opportunities for the graduates.
The Master’s thesis project is based on independent, experimental research work.
You must always agree on your thesis topic with your thesis examiner who also accepts the topic. You will write a research plan, conduct a research project in a laboratory, analyse obtained results, and demonstrate your ability to interpret results and write a report in a form of a scientific article. The project work is always performed under the guidance of a supervisor.
In order to also practice scientific communication, you will present your results in a seminar and write a press release to stimulate collaboration between the academia and the media.
Examples of thesis topics:
Turku has longstanding research traditions in the field of biomedicine. Especially the areas of drug discovery, diagnostics, and biological and medical imaging represent the top level expertise of the University of Turku.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development is part of a larger ensemble of MSc programmes in Biomedical Sciences. The close collaboration of three biomedical programmes forms a unique educational combination of biomedical sciences in Finland and worldwide.
Biomedical Sciences is a collaboration of two universities, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The offered education is based on the true research strengths of the participating units:
Other programmes in the ensemble of Biomedical Sciences are Biomedical Imaging, and Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics. Major subject studies in each are programme-specific but can be offered as selectable studies for all the programmes. Each student makes a personal study plan which helps to select the courses which best suit for personal interests and background.
Master’s Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development is part of NordBioMedNet network. The universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Eastern Finland, Turku and Karolinska Institutet have established the network to develop biomedical education in Nordic countries. Programme students have possibilities for course, internship and research project exchange in the partner universities. The network also offers virtual intensive courses and online learning portal on www.nordbiomed.net.
The Programme provides you with a deep understanding of:
After graduation, you will be an expert in drug discovery and development processes. You will know the procedures applied in drug regulatory science and the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug.
You will learn comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The Programme also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.
The Master of Science degree completed in the Programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide. Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates:
The Programme is open to applicants who have sufficient background knowledge in biological and/or natural sciences and have completed a lower university degree, BSc degree (180 ECTS), in the field of:
The applicants should be familiar with the basics of laboratory practice and pharmacology. Both Finnish and international students are welcome to apply to the Programme.
The student selection has two stages. First, the admission committee selects the candidates for an interview by scoring the following application components:
The best scoring applicants will be invited for the interview. Selected applicants will be invited to the interview 1-2 weeks in advance. Interviews will be held via Skype.
The interview performance, including English skills, is separately scored.
Results will be published on 30 March 2017 the latest.
More detailed entry requirements including Language requirements:
Faculty of Medicine admission criteria:
The contents of formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the programme. Therefore, admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, Bachelor level studies (see language requirements) while studying for the Master’s degree. These studies are not part of the Master’s degree and may extend the targeted study time.
The additional studies may be included in the optional studies of the Master’s degree only if the applicant lacks previous knowledge in a certain field that is required for following a specific course within the Programme.
The application period for the Programme is yearly around the turn of the year. The studies start in the following August. There is only one intake per year and studies can be started only in the autumn.
The application period is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in August 2017.
Please read all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements carefully before applying! Make sure that you fulfil both the admission and language requirements before applying.
How to apply
Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development, University of Turku.
Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).
Collect the required application documents.
Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:
In addition, the following enclosure is recommended to help in the handling and evaluation of the applications. This document does not need to be officially certified:
Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=24
Address of the University Admissions Finland:
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Applications arriving after the application deadline are not considered. Postmark dates on the applications will not be taken into account; the applications must arrive at the University Admissions Finland before the above deadline.
Master’s Degree Programme in
Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fee per academic year: None / €12,000
Start date: August 2018
Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018