TV-EDU192 College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmazie) an der Utrecht University studieren

The College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPS) is a three-year Bachelor programme in Drug Development, in which you’ll be trained about how new drugs for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s can be discovered and developed.

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There is a great medical need for new drugs. Is it your dream to contribute to the development of these new medicines that could improve the health of many people. Do you like having the freedom to choose your own approach when presented with an assignment. Do you thrive whilst studying in small groups together with other motivated students from different nationalities If so, studying CPS might be just perfect for you!
Drug development

The College of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an international bachelor’s programme in drug development. At the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, you’ll learn what’s needed to develop new drugs. You’ll need to consider the possible target for the drug in the body, the active ingredient structure, as well as the best route of administration of the medicine and how the effectiveness and safety of the new drug should be tested on the patient. To develop a new drug many disciplines come together, such as biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry and biology.

As a drug designer you need more than theoretical knowledge. You must also be skilled in the lab, as well as have the ability to define a research question and design a plan to respond to it. In addition, you’ll need to collaborate with a variety of professionals and present your results in a scientific journal, or sometimes at an international conference. For this reason each course involves a group project, in which you’ll work with fellow students on real-life biomedical issues. As such, you’ll learn to apply the theory of pharmaceutical science to creatively solve these problems. CPS is fully taught and delivered in English. As a result, approximately one-third of the students on the programme are international (non-Dutch).


To ensure you get the most out of your study, you’ll participate in both group and individual meetings with your tutor. Furthermore, due to the small scale of the programme, with a maximum of 50 students per year, CPS students form a tight community who often help and motivate each other. If you’re interested and encouraged by the content and this educational approach, we welcome you to apply for the CPS programme.
Educational schedule

The programme consists of four compulsory courses in the first year and three in the second year. The elective courses are planned within the second and third year. During the final semester of the programme, you’ll perform an undergraduate drug related research project. For more information on the courses, visit the programme curriculum page.

Why Utrecht University?

The College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPS) has a unique combination of content and educational approach:

Content of the programme Pharmceutical Sciences

Drug innovation – from unraveling the disease mechanisms and designing drug molecules, to testing new medicines on patients and everything in between.
Multidisciplinary – combination of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biology and medicine.

Educational approach

  • Projects on real-life biomedical or pharmaceutical problems
  • Freedom to pursue your personal interests
  • Research environment – many lab sessions, education by top scientists and visits to research institutes and companies
  • Small-scale education
  • Taught fully in English – open to international students

Tutors at Utrecht University

At the start of your study you’ll be assigned a personal tutor to guide you throughout the programme, helping you to make choices for your studies. For possible personal matters, you can also visit your tutor or the study advisor. Furthermore, due to the small scale of the programme and tight community of the students, you’re also likely to receive additional support and motivation from other CPS students and peers.
Study Abroad

In the second and third year of your bachelor, you can follow elective courses outside the Netherlands. In case you decide to continue your post graduate education at Utrecht University, you can also take on an internship outside the Netherlands during your Master’s.