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International Pharmaceutical Studies

​This minor will provide students an extensive overview of the pharmaceutical industry and covers all the phases and aspects of the process of drug development, both preclinical and clinical. Students will work in project teams to discover, develop and bring to the market a (virtual) new medicine.  
There will be English classes to inprove the use of professional English. In IPS, a large number of experts from the pharmaceutical industry will give guest lectures. In addition, there are several excursions, including a 3-day international excursion.


​Students can describe all aspects of drug development, preclinical (target identification, compound screening, pharmacological and toxicological testing) and clinical (phase 1, 2, 3 registration and (post)marketing).

Aanvullende informatie

Learning Agreements received by us before July 1 2018, can be considered.

Learning agreements are handled in order of entry

As a condition for enrolment the propaedeutic phase has to be passed. This is due to main phase intake.


The propaedeutic phase has to be passed.


​The grades will be based on individual assignments and project group (n=4) assignments. It consists both of grades for presentations as well as grades for part of a written portfolio


​Hill RG and Rang HP (2013), Drug Discovery and Development, 2nd ed. Elsevier.

Woodwin KE and Schneider JC (2008) The CRA's guide to monitoring Clinical Research, 3rd ed. Center Watch Boston      


​The minor IPS contact hours will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On other days, project teams will work on weekly assignments. The excursions may be on other weekdays.