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Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: Industrial Pharmacy

Disclaimer: The programme of the specialisation Industrial Pharmacy is under development and may be subject to change.

Industrial Pharmacy is a specialisation of the Master’s programme Bio-Pharmaceutocal Sciences. The specialisation Industrial Pharmacy trains students in safety and quality control in the production of medicinal products, and prepares students for a career in Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry. For this specialisation only a limited number of positions are available. Admission of max. 2 participants (2018-2019) occurs after selection only. The Board of Admissions will judge the candidate’s personal skills (e.g. awareness of responsibility, accuracy, communication skills, methodological approach when analysing complex problems, and motivation) for qualification to the specialisation. A final decision on admission to the specialisation Industrial Pharmacy will be made after completion of at least half of (≥ 22 EC) of the research project at one of the research Divisions of the LACDR (Research Project 1). Please contact the study advisers for more information.

The specialisation Industrial Pharmacy (IP) consists of 60 EC in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and 60 EC in Industrial Pharmacy.

The BPS research component of the Industrial Pharmacy (IP) specialisation consists of:

  • the Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in the specialisation corresponding to the cluster at which Research Project 1 is performed (4 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 Advanced Academic Skills and Career Orientation (3 EC)

The Industrial Pharmacy component of the Industrial Pharmacy (IP) specialisation consists of:

  • Internship Quality Control / Quality Assurance, in a Pharmaceutical Company under supervision of a Qualified Person (QP) and an examiner of the LACDR, including Practical Work, Thesis and Oral Presentation (37 EC)

  • IP specific courses (23 EC)

First and Second Year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory courses:

Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences 4
Advanced Academic Skills and Career Orientation 3

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

Industrial Pharmacy

Internship Quality Control/Quality Assurance in a Pharmaceutical Company, including Practical Work, Thesis and Oral Presentation 37
Essay Quality Control/Quality Assurance 7
Basic Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) 2
Ethics in Quality Control Practices 1
Legislation of Production of Medicinal Products 1
Sterile Manufacturing in Practice 4
Quality Management in Pharma and Biotech. Module 1 - The Role of the Qualified Person 2
Quality Management in Pharma and Biotech. Module 2 - Drug development: from ‘Quality by Design’ to Clinical Studies 2
Quality Management in Pharma and Biotech. Module 3 - Sterile Manufacturing 2
Quality Management in Pharma and Biotech. Module 4 - Quality and Safety for the Manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals 2

The MSc programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences offers the following Lecture Series in the academic year 2020-2021 (one of these is mandatory):

Atherosclerosis 4
Regulation of Drug Safety 4
Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry 4
A Clinical Pharmacologist Approach to Combat a Viral Pandemic 4
Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer 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
Biophysics and Bioengineering for Pharmaceutical Sciences 4
Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry for Metabolomics 4

Optional courses in the academic year 2020-2021 (list is not restrictive):

Student assistantship bachelor research assignment 5
Computational Techniques for Chemical Biology (CTCB) 6

Career Perspective