Drug Discovery and Development (Master)

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The English language master’s programme in Drug Discovery and Development at the University of Vienna 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

Special Admission Requirement


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 (examples):

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

 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 of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates