Medicinal Chemistry

Master's specialisationMedicinal Chemistry

Study all stages of drug development (discovery, design, development, targeted delivery), including the phases of drug activity relating to a drug’s formulation, analysis of its toxicity, and understanding of its pharmacokinetics and -dynamics.

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Something for you?

  • This is a unique multidisciplinary education programme, where you study the details of drug research and development.
  • You will learn key aspects and receive practical training needed to design and develop molecules as preclinical drug candidates, diagnostic and imaging tools or for target identification and validation.
  • At Radboud University, all (bio)chemistry and chemical biology research groups work closely together, allowing you to tackle a wide range of exciting problems during your internship.
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Admission requirements

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What will you learn

In this specialisation you will deal with the discovery, design, development, targeted delivery, and both pharmacological and analytical characterisation of drug substances. You will learn how to develop a potential drug candidate on a molecular level and get acquainted with the latest trends in the field used to understand and tackle the molecular mechanisms of disease.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Medicinal chemists are indispensable in the preclinical stages of drug development. We stimulate our Master's students to develop a critical mind and a problem solving attitude. Some of them will become the next generation of top scientists and, in our experience, all of them will have a job within a couple of months after graduation.

Approximately fifty percent of our graduates will become a PhD student at a university, while others will work at a research institute in the (bio)chemical or health industry or in one of our spin-off companies. A small portion chooses a job outside of the scientific world, for example as policymaker at a governmental organisation.

Career prospects


The Master’s specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry is closely linked to several research departments within the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), such as Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Biomolecular Chemistry and Systems Chemistry. During your Master's, you will evolve into an independent researcher, under the guidance of more experienced researchers in the lab. These research projects have more than once resulted a co-authorship in high impact publications.

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.