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Drug Development

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 15 125 SEK
First payment: 15 125 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The course Drug Development aims to give you an overall understanding of the discovery and development of novel pharmaceuticals (drug discovery/development). It covers target selection, lead discovery/optimization, non-clinical in vitro/in vivo safety and efficacy studies, clinical trials, and market authorization. The course also highlights examples of existing drugs, how they have been developed, and their mechanisms of action.


The course is mostly theoretical, but also includes practical demonstrations.

Many of the lectures are given by key experts from the industry who have developed different types of drugs and taken them to late stage clinical trials or the market. They will illustrate the theoretical part of the course with examples by incorporating problem-based learning. They will also introduce their organisations (such as RISE and Astra Zeneca) as potential future employers.

Prerequisites and selection


Passed basic courses in Biology 75 credits (BIO900 Cell Biology, BIO905 Molecular Genetics, BIO910 Biological form and function, BIO915 Ecology and Evolution and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics) and completion of Chemistry 30 credits. In addition you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in a relevant subject. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

The course in Drug Development is part of the Master's programme in Molecular Biology and the Master's programme in Genomics and Systems Biology. The course can also be applied for as a stand-alone course.

The course will provide you with an insight into drug discovery/development which is valuable if you choose to work within biotech/biopharma or in academia.


The course is given in the Chemistry Building on Campus Johanneberg, Kemigården 4. The demonstrations take place at The Swedish NMR Centre, Medicinaregatan 5C, and at AstraZeneca, Pepparedsleden 1, Mölndal.