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

Selection procedure


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Admission Procedure

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English language requirements

Information on Previous Studies:

In any case eligible degree programmes at the University of Vienna:

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

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.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the masters programme in Drug Discovery and Development (in German).