Our ageing population and the need for rapidly evolving medication solutions are factors that highlight the growing role of experts in Pharmaceuticals, their use and regulatory processes in society. In the Master’s Programme in Pharmaceutical Research, Development and Safety, you earn a degree in pharmaceutical sciences and gain the expertise for a future career in Finland or abroad within a wide range of research and development (R&D), healthcare regulatory and management tasks. The Career Services of the University of Helsinki offer a variety of means for gaining working life competencies and building professional networks already during your studies. You can also aim for an academic career by continuing onwards to a doctoral programme. 

The programme trains students for research and development (R&D) oriented positions and as professionals for healthcare regulatory, management, policy-making and pharmaceutical industry positions.

These may comprise e.g., positions in:

  • national and international regulatory agencies and policy-making organisations (e.g., EMA, Ministries for Health in different countries).
  • professional or public health organisations (e.g., WHO regional offices).
  • healthcare organisations (e.g., public or private hospitals).
  • marketing, pharmacovigilance and outcomes research in the pharmaceutical industry.

The programme provides a solid foundation to pursue a doctoral degree. After completing your Master’s degree, you can aim for an academic career by pursuing a doctoral education in Finland or abroad. Research and development-oriented (R&D) positions are also available internationally in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) at the University of Helsinki is multidisciplinary by nature. It consists of eight (8) internationally and nationally networked doctoral programmes that approach life sciences from clinical, molecular and behavioural perspectives.

More information about the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth).

Studies are part of your career. At the University of Helsinki, all degrees include career planning. The Career Services at the University of Helsinki, in cooperation with degree programmes, supports the growth of your expert identity as part of your studies and with separate services.

From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services supports your career path by:

  • giving career counselling and job-seeking support.
  • arranging info sessions, workshops and events.
  • providing suitable job and traineeship offers for students.
  • sharing the university’s subsidy for traineeships.
  • facilitating group mentoring programmes.

Check out the Career Services on the Instructions for students -website:  “Work and Career” and “Traineeships”.