Programme structure

The Master ́s Programme in Pharmaceutical Research, Development and Safety takes two years of full-time studies to complete. The academic activities conducted based on a personal study plan sum 120 credits (ECTS). The curriculum of the programme includes advanced studies in Pharmacy(including Master’s thesis 30 ECTS). Optional studies in related disciplines can be included in a degree. It offers joint compulsory courses and optional courses from three focused study tracks. Students may also select studies on a cross-disciplinary basis, in case their interests require combining courses from different study tracks.

Please note that the following curriculum is only tentative, and is subject to changes.

Curriculum

YEAR 1: 60 ECTS

Competence portfolio 0 ECTS

Fall semester:

Drug development and use 25 ECTS

Research orientation 5 ECTS

Selection of study track:

  1. Drug design and pharmacology
  2. Drug delivery and development
  3. Medication safety and effectiveness

Spring semester:

Methodological studies 10 ECTS

Literature review 9 ECTS

Research ethics 1 ECTS

Optional courses 10 ECTS

(according to the selected study track and the student’s background education)

YEAR 2: 60 ECTS

Fall & Spring semesters:

Advanced studies 30 ECTS

Drug design and pharmacology

Drug delivery and development

Medication safety and effectiveness

Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

       

Detailed curriculum

1st STUDY YEAR 60 ECTS

1st year fall semester:

Master of Science competence Portfolio, 0 ECTS

Compulsory subject studies 30 ECTS

Drug development and use, 25 ECTS:

  • Drug development and preclinical evaluation, 11 ECTS
  • Development of pharmaceutical formulation and rational use of drugs, 11 ECTS
  • Statistical methods and reasoning in pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical health services research, 3 ECTS

Research orientation 5 ECTS

After the common studies of the first semester, each student continues their studies according to a personal study plan. The three study tracks are designed to assist in tailoring the optional study elements according to the specific interests of the student.
 

1st year spring semester:

Compulsory studies 20 ECTS

Literature review 9 ECTS (to be incorporated in the Master’s thesis)

Research ethics, 1 ECTS 

Compulsory methodological studies (according to the chosen study track):

  • For the students in Drug design and pharmacology and Drug delivery and development study tracks: Quantitative methods, 5 ECTS and Introduction to cell and molecular biology methods 5 ECTS
  • For the students in Medication safety and effectiveness study track: Introduction to Medication Safety and Effectiveness Research Methods 10 ECTS

Optional studies 10 ECTS

Courses on transferable professional skills:

  • Language studies (eg. Academic Writing in English, or of free choice)
  • Copyrights and industrial property rights   1 ECTS
  • Career planning and working life orientation 1 ECTS
  • Sustainability 3 ECTS

Examples of other optional courses:

  • Biopharmaceuticals 5 ECTS
  • Pharmacokinetics 5 ECTS
  • Neuropharmacology 5 ECTS
  • Selected topics on clinical pharmacology 5 ECTS
  • Molecular pharmacology 5 ECTS
  • Molecular Biology in Pharmacy 5 ECTS
  • Literature reviews in cell and molecular biology 5 ECTS

2nd STUDY YEAR 60 ECTS

2nd study year Fall semester + Spring semester

Master´s thesis 30 ECTS (incl. 5 months research work and a final seminar)

Topic-specific advanced studies 30 ECTS. Examples of courses suitable for the study tracks (upon availability):

Drug design and pharmacology

  • The physiological and pathophysiological background of drug research 5 ECTS
  • Laboratory animal science 2-5 ECTS
  • Biological Drugs II 5 ECTS
  • Medicinal chemistry 5 ECTS
  • Computational methods in drug discovery 5 ECTS
  • Medicinal chemistry 5 ECTS 
  • Microbial lifestyles and drug discovery of antimicrobials 5 ECTS

Drug delivery and development

  • Introduction to molecular modelling for life science students 5 ECTS
  • Design of experiments 5 ECTS
  • Introduction to spectroscopy 5 ECTS
  • Controlled release drug delivery 5 ECTS
  • Pharmaceutical development II 5 ECTS
  • Advanced immunobiology 5 ECTS
  • Solid state analysis of pharmaceutics 5 ECTS
  • Excipients in Pharmaceutical Technology 5 ECTS
  • Introduction to nanoscience 5 ECTS
  • Microfluidics 5 ECTS
  • Physical Pharmacy 5 ECTS

Medication safety and effectiveness

  • Introduction to pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance 5 ETCS
  • Research seminars in medication safety and effectiveness 5 ECTS
  • Marketing authorization of drug products and pharmacovigilance, 5 ETCS
  • Basics of Clinical Trial Research, 3 ETCS
  • Literature review in medication safety and effectiveness 5-10 ETCS
  • Additional research internship 5-10 ETCS

Other advanced studies

Business collaboration project 5 ECTS

  • According to the student’s personal interests, it is possible to include up to 10 ECTS from other degree programmes within University of Helsinki into her/his personal study plan.