Master Programme

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine

Universität Duisburg-Essen
City, Region, Country:
Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Master M.Sc.
4 Semester/s
Master M.Sc.
0 Semester/s

Master M.Sc., Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine - Das Studium

Master Programme Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine


While observing national and international quality standards, Pharmaceutical Medicine deals with the discovery, research and development of medical products and medical devices. In addition, it is engaged in benefit/risk-assessment, approval, marketing and monitoring of drugs and biotechnological products.

Due to this complex requirements the health institutions as well as the pharmaceutical industry need highly qualified employees.

About the course

The study course "Pharmaceutical Medicine" found general recognition in October 2005 after years of development and proving its worth:
  • the accreditation procedure was concluded successfully;
  • state recognition linked with the awarding of the internationally recognized degree "Master of Science (MSc)" was granted. Therefore this course is the first accredited and state-approved Postgraduate Study Course in Pharmaceutical Medicine in Europe.
The study course "Pharmaceutical Medicine" provides comprehensive knowledge of the development of medicines and the conduct of clinical studies in particular.


We offer the leading European study course in pharmaceutical medicine and create a rich international educational environment to develop the next generation of leaders for health care institutions and pharmaceutical industry, with a broad understanding of managing change, innovation and new product development.

Prof. Dr. C. Ralf Schaltenbrand

Target audience

Educational objective

The objective of this study course is to focus on day-to-day practice, to promote interdisciplinary knowledge and to enable the participants to deal with the complex international tasks facing health care institutions and the pharmaceutical industry.


With approximately one third, physicans form the largest group among the students, followed by biologists and pharmacists. The number of females and males is balanced. One half of the participants have already obtained a doctorate, 50 percent of the students have working experience in the pharmaceutical industry. 90 percent make a career step or enter employment during the two years of studing.
Master M.Sc., Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine - Target audience
Master M.Sc., Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine - Emphases/Curriculum


Course Structure

The study course covers two years and is divided into 12 modules with different numbers of study units, taught in block seminars on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday at the University Duisburg-Essen. Each study unit concludes with an examination.
After 19 study units, a time period for thesis preparation and oral examination follows. The study course can be conducted while the participant is working.

Study Units

Each of the following topics will be taught in Study Units:
  • General Introduction to the Health System and the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Working in a complex organisation
  • Project Management
  • Health Economics
  • International Ehalth Systems and Data Market Access
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Biopharmaceutical and -technology
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics
  • Clinical Trials
  • Strategies and Managing Clinical Trials
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Drug Development
  • Clinical Systems and Data Management
  • Biostatistics
  • Drug Safety
  • Post-Marketing Surveillance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Pharmaceutical Related Case Studies

During the study course the student will be examined after each study unit. This test will determine whether the student has acquired the knowledge and understanding from the previous study unit(s). The form of the test will be at the decision of the head lecturer within the relevant study unit after agreement with the examination board. The students will receive a certificate with their grading after every study unit.

In order to obtain the degree Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine the students must write a master thesis and pass the oral examination.

The final grade is made from the grades of the oral examination, the thesis and the average of the grades out of the 19 study units, each to one third.

Practical relevance


Lectures represent about 50 companies and institutions in the health care system. They are leading experts in different areas of competence. 20 percent are from other countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. Most of the lectures are employed in the pharmaceutical industry.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Number of participants max.: 25  
Number of applicants: n.a.  
Total fees approx.: € 14.850  
  • Candidates must hold a degree in one of the following disciplines: Natural sciences (e.g. life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences), medicine
  • must have one year professional experience and
  • good English language skills.
Only send copies of certificates. Due to data protection reasons your documents will be destroyed after all admission procedures have been completed. Originals are only needed when registering at the university.

The best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an intensive interviewing process, designed to assess their motivation, social competence, level of commitment, and to confirm their basic knowledge of the field.


Language(s) of instruction: English
Going abroad: obligatory


The study units are held at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Medicine, Germany.

New! More flexible ways to take part and to boost:

Due to the modular structure and self-contained study units you can start at any time.

• Single study units bookable

• Certificate of Advanced Studies in Pharmaceutical Medicine

• Master of Science (MSc)

For further information please contact:

Ms. Gudrun Bayer-Kulla, Tel.: +49(0)2302-915 131,

Der neue Flyer ist da!

Passend zum Bewerbungsstart des nächsten Studiendurchgangs "Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine" gibt es einen neuen Flyer (siehe Link).
Start des nächsten Studiengangs: April 2015
"Early Bird" Bewerbungen bis zum 30. September 2014 zahlen keine Aufnahmegebühr!

Wer herausfinden möchte, ob das berufsbegleitende Angebot das Richtige ist, für den gibt es am 8. und 9. August im Audimax des Universitätsklinikums Duisburg-Essen einen Schnuppertag. Dozenten, Studienberater und Studierende beantworten von 9 bis 18 Uhr gerne alle Fragen. Darüber hinaus kann auch aktiv an einer Unterrichtsveranstaltung teilgenommen werden. Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos, eine Anmeldung ist jedoch aus organisatorischen Gründen erwünscht.

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University of Duisburg-Essen

The examination to reach the degree of “Master of Science (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Medicine” is approved by the University of Duisburg-Essen. It is located in the center of a region with the highest number of universities in Europe and is one of the biggest in the country. About 30,000 students are registered.

PME Institute for Education in Pharmaceutical Medicine

PME has the obligation to offer a comprehensive learning package, combining a university’s hands-on oriented education with an innovative, on-the-job professional training. The institute is responsible for the organization and the realization of the study course units. It is the central interface which builds the connecting link for all involved persons.
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Course guidance/Information

Master M.Sc., Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine - Course guidance/Information
PME Institute for Education in Pharmaceutical Medicine
+49 (0)2302-915131
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Hufelandstr. 55
45122 Essen
+49 (0)201 723 3467
+49 (0)201 723 5383