Drug Discovery and Development (Master)

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The English language master’s programme in Drug Discovery and Development aims at equipping students with the necessary competences to work as researchers in the area of drug development and deal with current research questions using modern methods. The master’s programme focuses on preclinical drug development. It particularly promotes the interdisciplinary connection with the disciplines of pharmacy, biology, chemistry and nutrition.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 606

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

Entrance exam procedure


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)

Study Programme

To complete the master’s programme, students have to complete modules, write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination (public defence). Modules: Introduction to Drug Discovery and Preclinical Drug Development; Basics of Drug Discovery; Drug Discovery; Preclinical Drug Development; Advanced Methods in Drug Discovery and Preclinical Drug Development; Experimental Methods in Drug Discovery and Preclinical Drug Development; Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Preclinical Drug Development; Lab Rotation (research internship, compulsory module); Proposal Writing, Extension Module, Master’s Thesis and Public Defence.


Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Preclinical drug development
  • Fragment-based drug discovery
  • Nucleic acid based drugs
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Drug development

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The master’s programme qualifies students to apply for national and international doctoral programmes, work in university and non-university research, both in the area of basic research as well as in applied research, plan and implement research projects, and work in research administration and research management.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.4 (very good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.7 (high)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 7 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the masters programme in Drug Discovery and Development graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 84% of graduates are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 4,455 gross/month.
  • 85% of graduates work in the retail trade sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Diploma Programme Pharmacy".