Why in Utrecht

Interdisciplinary field

Utrecht University is host to a number of research groups conducting world-leading work in the field of drug innovation. You will be able to follow a programme of study that reflects your own personal interests through a major and minor research project, writing assignments, and electives. You can complete your project at one of the research groups found in Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU), the Hubrecht Institute, the Princess Máxima Center, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, or the Departments of Biology or Chemistry. These research groups tackle a range of research topics that are unique within the Netherlands. Many of these research groups work together, giving you a taste of just how interdisciplinary the field of drug innovation is.

You can also specialise by choosing the Experimental Pharmacology or Drug Regulatory Sciences track, taught by experts in each field. Other specialisations are the Management, Education or Communication tracks.

Cutting-edge research possibilities 

You can complete a part of your study at another institution in the Netherlands or abroad. It is also possible to complete your minor project at universities or institutes, small start-up companies, or pharmaceutical companies outside Utrecht University. For example, medical nutrition can be studied with Nutricia Research or Danone.

Life Sciences seminars

Life sciences seminars, led by renowned experts in the field, are held once a month. The aim of these seminars is to give you an overview of cutting-edge developments in the field of life sciences as a whole.

In summary, you will be fully supported in designing a programme that allows you to specialise in your own particular fields of interest. About 95% of our Master’s students found a job in drug innovation fields either before or shortly after graduation. 

Drug Innovation in Utrecht gave me a confident start in my scientific career.


Life Sciences is one of the four strategic themes of Utrecht University and is organised in the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS). The GSLS brings together the research expertise and facilities of the faculties of Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with UMC Utrecht. Research at the GSLS is highly interdisciplinary, because scientific breakthroughs take place where physics, medicine, chemistry and biology interact.


Every year, all new Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences start their academic year with a mandatory introduction week. Introducing Life Sciences (ILS) is a part of the course Life Sciences Academy. The first week will cover all aspects of academic education, including science integrity, career development and valorization & industry.

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Students are able to follow their Master’s programme at UMC Utrecht, one of the largest academic medical centers in the Netherlands. UMC Utrecht focuses on a number of fields; selected students get educated by some of the best researchers in these research areas. This gives students ample opportunities for excellent internships both at UMC Utrecht and abroad with our international partners. Students also have access to the large research infrastructure and research network of the focus areas.

World-class University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. Moreover, in a survey among Dutch professors it was proclaimed the best university in the Netherlands. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates.

City of Utrecht

The University is situated in Utrecht, aa lively student city located in the heart of the Netherlands and is considered the 'gateway to Europe'. An inspiring city which nurtures talent and creativity.