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The Master study program in Drug Sciences (MSc in Drug Sciences) was launched in 2016. It provides theoretical and practical training in the discovery, development, efficacy and safety of substances with a main focus on drugs/medicines. It is focused on a future career in industrial or academic research, product development or in a regulatory agency.

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The programme includes 2 semesters of theoretical and practical courses on Fundamentals/General skills, Drug discovery and development, Pharmacology, Toxicology, as well as a Practical Training and Elective Courses (click here for the program guidelines). The 3rd and 4th semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis project. 

Your application has to be submitted online between 01/02 - 30/04/ of the year you want to begin your studies. Joining the Master Degree Programme is only possible in the autumn semester.

To be admitted directly, you must have completed a Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from a Swiss University. Holders of a Bachelor degree from a Swiss University can be admitted with additional requirements provided that at least 120 credit points (ECTS) have been documented in one or more of the following fields of study: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Human Medicine, Veterinary Medecine, Pharmaceutical Sciences and provided that not more than 60 credit points of core competencies out of the Bachelor of Sciences of Pharmaceutical Sciences are missing. Holders of a Bachelor degree in the before-mentioned fields of study from a recognized foreign University may apply and the Teaching Commission shall examine the equivalence with the corresponding qualifications/prerequisites.

  • Please note that applicants who do not hold a Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from a Swiss University may be required to previously complete courses from the Bachelor curriculum. These courses are held and examined in German for all students without exeptions. Further, according to the study regulations, examinations are conducted according to the same examination modalities for all students, so it is not possible to swap the exam for any other kind of assessment (e.g., essay). Additionally, failing certain courses more than once will lead to the exclusion from the Master program in Drug Sciences.

Language requirements:
All Drug Sciences courses are held in English. However, prerequisite courses are held in German.

Further information and advice:
• Advice concerning admission: Student Administration Office (at Kollegienhaus, https://www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/Application-Admission.html, Tel. +41 (0)61 207 30 23)
• Academic Advice: Study Coordination of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (at Pharmacenter, studienkoordination-pharma-at-unibas.ch ,Tel. +41 (0)61 207 15 53)
• Program Director: Prof. Alex Odermatt (at Pharmacenter, alex.odermatt@clutterunibas.ch Tel. +41 (0)61 207 15 30)

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