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Pharmaceutical Research

- Master´s programs

Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy
Institute of Pharmacy
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rademann; Secretary Regina Allner
Königin-Luise-Str. 2+4
14195 Berlin

For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Undergraduate German degree or an equivalent foreign degree in pharmaceutical sciences, food chemistry, medicinal chemistry, human biology, veterinary medicine, medicine or in a related natural sciences subject with a standard period of study of at least eight semesters or 240 credit points.
  • Proof of language skills in English (level B2 CEFR) or equivalent level of knowledge corresponding to 6 years of high school English

For further information concerning admission requirements see Zugangssatzung für den Masterstudiengang Pharmazeutische Forschung (pdf-Datei) or the English version of the admissions regulations. (Please note that the English version of these regulations is for information purposes. Only the German version is legally binding.)

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.

Pharmaceutical Science is an interdisciplinary study program that covers a broad variety of topics involved in the development and testing of medicinal products. This will give students an insight into pharmaceutical research that combines aspects of different natural sciences - mainly chemistry, biology and physics – with medicinal topics. Specific subjects of this program include drug discovery and development, testing therapeutic compositions/formulations, investigating drug release systems, and determination of drug effects.

Throughout this program, students learn to deal with complex and current interdisciplinary problems of pharmaceutical drug discovery and development by using scientific methods. The course of study will provide the students with the necessary knowledge, capabilities, and methodology to engage in scientific work and to critically assess scientific findings in an independent and responsible way.

So far, Freie Universität Berlin is the only university in Germany offering the master’s program in pharmaceutical research. Under excellent scientific conditions the master’s program prepares students for research and development activities in the pharmaceutical industry or in scientific institutions.

1st Semester Admissions
Restricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission
Program Start
Winter and summer semester
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
2 semesters

Structure and process of the master’s program are described in the Studien- und Prüfungsordnung.

Link to Studien- und Prüfungsordnung (pdf-Datei).

The master’s program will provide graduates with deepened scientific knowledge and skills, thus laying the foundation for a career in pharmaceutical research and preparing them for further studies such as a PhD thesis.

Starting your study program