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DRUG RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND CONTROL

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Introduction

This master's degree provides advanced, specialized, multidisciplinary training and equips students with the tools needed to begin research in the area of drug development and control. On completion of the course, students will be equipped to work in research centres and companies in the pharmaceutical sector and related industries.
The master's degree in Drug Research, Development and Control is offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy within the framework of the European Higher Education Area. The course is interdisciplinary and spans more than one faculty: eight departments in two UB faculties (Pharmacy and Medicine) take part in the teaching.
Today, highly qualified professionals are needed to meet the new challenges in business and research areas of the pharmaceutical sector. This master's degree is an ideal platform for acquiring advanced knowledge of the stages of drug development. One of the main challenges in the pharmaceutical industry is the research and development of new active principles and new drug formulations with high added value. In this context, drug analysis and control is an essential activity to ensure the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products. Consequently, the aim of the master's degree is to provide advanced, specialized, multidisciplinary training to equip students with the tools needed to begin research in the area of drug development and control. On completion, students will be able to work in research centres and companies in the pharmaceutical sector and related industries.
The master's degree is drawn from the doctoral programme of the same name and has received a quality award from the Ministry of Education (MCD-2006-00525). It provides the training required for admission to the doctoral programme Drug Research, Development and Control (which received the excellence award MEE2011-0420 for 2011-2013) or to other doctoral programmes in related areas.

Since its introduction, this master's degree has attracted graduates from Spanish regions and from other EU and non-EU countries. Clearly, one reason for the appeal of the degree is the reputation of the teaching staff, who belong to various consolidated research groups recognized by the Regional Government of Catalonia. The lecturers have extensive teaching experience and most are members of UB teaching innovation groups. They are all leaders in research. Prestigious professionals from the industrial sector, as well as national and international researchers of recognized merit, also contribute to teaching the degree. Their involvement contributes to the interdisciplinary nature of the master's degree and ensures excellence in teaching. As a result, the course has received various awards, both in its initial stage as a doctoral programme and subsequently as a master's degree. These include the SPDE grant from the AGAUR for doctoral programmes with business participation (2005-2006 academic year), three teaching research projects (REDICE) 2006 (A0601-08), 2010 (1002-15) and 2012 (12-2064-01), and various teaching innovation projects (PID 2010, 2012). All of the above has helped to improve the quality of the master's degree, making it one of the most prestigious in the pharmaceutical sector.

Learning objectives

  • Acquire solid, multidisciplinary training in theory and methodology in the areas of drug research, development and control so that quality research can be carried out in all stages of drug development, and specifically research related to the development of new pharmaceutical formulations.
  • Display a capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • Learn to work in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Work creatively to achieve quality research that enables the development, leadership and management of research projects in the pharmaceutical field.
  • Gain the cognitive skills needed for inductive reasoning, develop the critical and reflective ability to solve problems in the professional arena, and lead and manage teams in the main areas of the pharmaceutical industry.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan, Spanish and English.
Number of places available:
 40
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2018-2019
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science
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