I specialised in organic synthesis (chemistry) at university, which isn’t what I am working with at present, but I will need it in the future. My university education has enabled me to pick up new things. In other words, I find it easy to understand and get to grips with new topics and physical knowledge.
Graduate, MSc in Medicinal Chemistry
Chemist, Copenhagen University Hospital
The MSc in Medicinal Chemistry programme is open to Danish and international students. The programme is both practical and research oriented and reflects the interests of the business community, research institutions and the public sector. It is also flexible and can accommodate the interests of the individual student, who can specialise in a particular subject area while acquiring general competencies in chemistry.
Teaching in the programme is greatly influenced by the research conducted here, as the lecturers are active researchers. In this context students benefit from the down-to-earth, informal relationship between faculty and students. Students have excellent opportunities for working with researchers in the laboratory. It is also possible to complete a project in collaboration with a private company or a public institution, such as a hospital. For their thesis work, students are connected up to a group of researchers of their choice and can participate in the group’s research projects, academic discussions and articles.
Students can specialise within a broad area in one of the areas of medicinal chemistry in which Aarhus University is particularly strong – synthesis and analysis of potential new pharmaceuticals; structure, activity and pharmacological characteristics of membrane proteins; microscopic structure of bones and other bioinorganic materials; modelling of proteins and their interaction with pharmaceuticals; and drug delivery and chemical biology.
There is more to life as a medicinal chemistry student at Aarhus University than courses and lectures. Student life at the Department of Chemistry is stimulating and varied and is centred around Alkymia, the departmental student association. The university’s various student unions also host meetings on issues relevant to your studies.
Medicinal chemistry graduates work across a wide range of fields and institutions. Most jobs, however, are within research, development and consultancy in both public and private sectors, particularly in pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The health services also employ many medicinal chemistry graduates, where for example they may be involved in developing new clinical and chemical diagnostic methods in hospitals. The skills acquired on the programme are also in great demand in the food industry and the agricultural sector. Many graduates continue their studies at Aarhus University with a PhD degree, often with interdisciplinary research projects.
The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Medical Chemistry:
The following other degrees can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme in Medical
Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the
university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned
Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.
Please see the page on language requirements.
Please see the general admission requirements.
The Master’s degree in medical chemistry counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the chemistry and medical chemistry fields of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Chemistry by choosing courses from the course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelor’s degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.
For more information about the individual courses, go to: kursuskatalog.au.dk/en/
At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.
The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in smaller groups where you study relevant issues in depth. Depending on your choice of specialisation, your main forms of study and work involve laboratory work and the use of advanced experimental equipment such as NMR and X-ray methodologies, as well as computer modelling. The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.
The teaching is divided into four terms. Each term consists of a block of seven
weeks followed by an examination period of 2–4 weeks. For an example of a course calendar, go to: studerende.au.dk/en/studies/subject-portals/studies/teaching/teaching-calendar/
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying
for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your
Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree or when you have completed your Master’s degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.
For more information, go to: phd.au.dk/gradschools/scienceandtechnology/
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This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.