O que eu aprenderei?

Are you fascinated by organic chemistry and designing potential drug substances? Then the master’s programme in Medicinal Chemistry is the answer for you.

As a medicinal chemist you can expect to find work in the area of the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biotech industry that conducts research into new drugs – either as soon as you graduate or after completing a PhD course, for example, via the Drug Research Academy. The MSc in Medicinal Chemistry is a springboard to a research-based career.

At the Msc in Medicinal Chemistry you work with the design of potential drug substances. Organic chemistry and synthesis development are the core subjects and the focus is on macromolecular and small molecule drugs.

You can follow courses on the rational design of new drugs, coupled with project work that provides insight into the use of modern computerized chemical methods in drug design. You can also take courses which deal with the preparation and modification of peptides and proteins as potential drugs, internationally a fast-track area of growth. Finally, you can take radiopharmaceutical courses, which deal with radioactive labeling techniques and the use of radioactivity in modern drug development. Read more about your medicinal chemistry competences.

The focus on structure-based drug research, peptide modification and radiopharmaceutical chemistry as core areas distinguishes the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences from similar programmes at other universities.

See a number of case stories illustrating various types of contributions made by medicinal chemists.

A bachelor degree in pharmacy, chemistry or medicinal chemistry for example, are an excellent starting point if you want to study medicinal chemistry. Contact us to find out more or if you are in doubt about whether you have the right qualifications for admission to the programme.

Examples of employment opportunities for holders of an MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

The degree qualifies the holder for admission to PhD programmes in organic chemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry and/or medicinal chemistry, for example, including structural chemistry and computerised drug design.
Development of new radioactive entities as well as routine production of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and therapy at hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
Patenting – positions in pharmaceutical companies and private- or public-sector patent agencies, for example.
Upscaling – process chemistry. Developing effective, safe, robust synthesis procedures for use in high-volume production of the active drug substance. Production is performed according to GMP (good manufacturing practice). The work also includes producing reference substances for analytical use and patenting.
Chemistry and manufacturing control (CMC) as an employee of a parent company or a CRO (Contract Research Organisation), that is, small, specialised research enterprises.
Regulatory affairs and QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control). Among other things, pharmaceutical companies are required to document that they develop and produce drugs in accordance with GMP. The skills of the medicinal chemist are needed for this and many similar functions.

De qual departamento farei parte?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Opções de estudo

Período integral (2 anos)

kr108.000,00 (R$ 89.942) por ano
The installments of DKK 54,000 are paid in 4 rates (one each semester) throughout the two-years
Data de início

Esperado Setembro 2021


University of Copenhagen

Nørregade 10,

PO Box 2177,



1017, Denmark

Requisitos de admissão

Para estudantes do(s)/da Estados Unidos

Applicants must have a bachelor program or equivalent with the specific major for each program. Other English language requirements: The minimum acceptable score for TOEFL is 560 on the paper test.

Para estudantes internacionais

Admission to the master’s degree programme in Medicinal Chemistry requires as a minimum successful completion of a qualifying and recognised university degree equivalent in level and content to a Danish bachelor’s degree.

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in the final semester of a bachelor’s programme you are eligible to apply for admission to the master’s degree programme in Medicinal Chemistry.

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (overall test score), only the overall score will be considered; TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT) minimum score: 83, ITP TOEFL- test minimum score: 560; Cambridge Advanced (CAE): Passed at level C1 or C2; Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): Passed at level C1 or C2.

Os requisitos para o IELTS podem variar de acordo com o curso que você escolher.