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Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Communication

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Communication is a specialisation of the Master’s programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The programme has a duration of two years (120 EC) and includes a research subprogramme (60—80 EC) and a communication programme (40—60 EC).

The research subprogramme includes the following components:

  • the Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in the specialisation corresponding to the cluster at which Research Project 1 is performed (5 EC)

  • a research project of 49 EC in one of the research groups of the LACDR, including 5 EC for a thesis and 2 EC for an oral presentation

  • one of the lecture series listed below (4 EC)

  • the course Scientific Conduct (1 EC)

  • 20 colloquia points (1 EC in total)

  • Optional: extension of the BPS research subprogramme by attending additional lecture series of BPS or other courses in life sciences or medicine (0—20 EC)

The communication subprogramme includes the following mandatory and optional components:

  • Fundamentals of Science Communication and Society (17 EC)

  • Project proposal Communication (3 EC)

  • Training period Communication (20—40 EC)


  • Master’s thesis (5 EC)

  • Research to prepare the Master’s thesis (4 EC)

  • Courses to be chosen in the context of the SCS programme (0—8 EC)

  • Extension of the BPS research subprogramme (0—20 EC)

For more information log on to the web site of Science Communication & Society.

First and Second Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Scientific Conduct 1

Mandatory courses:

Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences 5
Scientific Conduct 1

Research project 1 at one of the Divisions of the LACDR

Research Project 1 - Practical Work (SCS, SBB, EDU and IP specialisations of BPS) 42
Research Project 1 - Thesis 5
Research Project 1 - Oral Presentation 2

The MSc programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences offers the following Lecture Series in the academic year 2015–2016 (one of these is mandatory):

Regulation of Drug Safety 4
Atherosclerosis 4
Metabolic disorders: From molecular mechanisms to Metabolomics and back 4
Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry 4
A Clinical Pharmacologist Approach to type 2 Diabetes 4
Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer (adapted from Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Death) 4
Quantitative Pharmacology 4
Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development 4
Drug Delivery 4
Cell adhesion signaling in health and disease 4
Blood-Brain Barrier: Drug Transport to the Brain 4

Optional courses in the academic year 2015–2016 (list is not restrictive):

IP Law in Science 5
Science Methodology 4
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6

More info

The MSc programme BPS and Communication concerns science communication in a broad sense. The programme prepares students for a career in popularisation of science (especially BPS), for example, as a scientific writer or a public relations officer. The programme includes a 60–80 EC BPS programme. Students with an MSc in BPS and Communication are also admissible to a PhD programme.