Concept program

Study Elements


Track-specific courses


Drug Development (5 ECTS)

Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering (5 ECTS)

Pharmaceutical biotechnology (5 ECTS)

Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases (5ECTS) OR Molecular Toxicology (5ECTS)


Research project 1*

40 or ≥ ECTS

Research project 2*

30 or ≥ ECTS





Electives (see for recommended track courses list A)



* Research project 1 needs to be in the area of the learning line pharmaceutical design and engineering (e.g. pharmacology, drug design and targeting, pharmaceutical biotechnology or pharmaceutical technology). Research project 2 can be in any area relevant to medical pharmaceutical sciences.


List A

Students can select electives from the following list of recommended courses. They have, however, complete freedom in choosing their electives in consultation with the coordinator.



  • Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Industry (Prof. Dr. HW Frijlink; WLFM1030) ; 6-12 ECTS)
  • Non-Sterile Dosage Forms (Prof. Dr. HW Frijlink; WLFM1036; 6 ECTS)
  • Solving Problems in Product Technology (Prof. Dr. HW Frijlink; WLFM1041; 6 ECTS)
  • Pharmaceutical Biology Practical (Prof. Dr. WJ Quax; WLFM1114; 5 ECTS)
  • Medicinal Natural Products (PG Tepper; WLFM1113; 5 ECTS)
  • Biotechnology (Prof. Dr. GN Moll; WLB07045; 10 ECTS)
  • Nanomedicine and nanosafety (Dr. A. Salvati; WMFA15001; 5 ECTS)
  • Pharmacology of chronic diseases and ageing (Prof. dr. M. Schmidt; WMFA16003; 5 ECTS)
  • Quantitative Bioanalysis (Prof. dr. NC vd Merbel; WMFA14005; 5 ECTS)
  • Advanced imaging techniques (Dr. JDA Olivier; MLBI0901; 5 ECTS)







General outline

Students may discuss other orders of e.g. colloquium and essay with the track coordinator.

Although students have complete freedom in choosing their electives, students within the track are recommended to choose some electives from a list of relevant master courses (to be discussed with track coordinator)

Short description of mandatory courses:

(5 ECTS) Drug development (Prof. Dr. P. Olinga)
Students will gain the latest insights into the Drug Development process. Students will acquaint themselves with research strategies within Drug Development. They generate knowledge and the position of the different expertise fields in Drug Development. 

(5 ECTS) Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering (Prof. Dr. F. Dekker)

The course aims to provide students with an in depth theoretical training in target-identification, drug development, and formulation. The aim of the course is to provide a case presentation in which Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering plays a key role. The students receive on an individual basis a general description of the requirement for the content of a case presentation.

(5 ECTS) Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Prof. Dr. G.J. Poelarends)

Introduction to methods for molecular biology and biotechnological research on a) biosynthesis, bioconversion and accumulation of biotechnological active bonds by means of plant cell/tissue cultures and bacteria; b) Enzyme engineering and selection of enzymes with altered characteristics by directed evolution and phage display; c) The secretion of biopharmaceuticals by bacteria; d) New possibilities for gene therapy.

(5 ECTS) Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases (Prof. Dr. J. Burgess)

The students will be introduced to translational research into complex, respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD and lung fibrosis. Students will be introduced to novel drug delivery technologies (devices and particle technologies) for targeted therapeutic approaches. This course will help students acquire the necessary translational research skills to effectively contribute to multidisciplinary research in chronic, complex diseases, also outside of the respiratory system.

(5 ECTS) Molecular Toxicology (Dr. I. de Graaf)

The course will deepen the knowledge on molecular processes underlying cell damage and cell death.

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