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What will I learn?

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


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!


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.

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


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.


  • 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


CPS graduates have many career perspectives, either in the Netherlands or abroad. Examples of future employers can be:

  • Universities and academic hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical or biomedical research institutes, such as Lygature and the Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry
  • Major pharmaceutical companies such as Hoffmann-La Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck, Pfizer, etc.

Possible career opportunities after completing the CPS bachelor programme followed by a Master’s degree (possibly combined with a doctorate) are:

  • Biomedical or Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Medicinal Chemist
  • (Pharmaco)-Epidemiologist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Medicines Regulator
  • Science-related professions: Teacher, Journalist, Manager, Administrator

Curious about the programme? Join our Webinar on 17 or 18 November 2017, 3pm. For more information visit our webinar page.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€22,737.00 (18,36,591) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants may be recognised under an international treaty, or based on international comparisons; e.g. : a European Baccalaureate from a European school; an International Baccalaureate; Zeugnis der Algemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur); 3 GCE A-Levels; Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (Belgium); US High School Diploma (USA). In addition to the completed High School Diploma, we require students to obtain at least 4 Advanced Placements (AP's) of the US College Board, all with a score of -3- or higher. Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondario Superiore (issued by a Liceo classico/ scientifico/ linguistico/scienze umane) (Italy). English Language Requirements: IELTS is the test preferred by Utrecht University: Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, 5.5 for writing; TOEFL, Internet based Institutional scores are not accepted. The TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062 - Minimum score: 83 with 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing; Cambridge Certificates: Advanced English or Proficiency in English, minimum score C.

For international students

Minimum requirements for secondary school

Applicants must have:

  • a Dutch secondary school diploma at vwo level (vwo-profile 'Natuur en Techniek' or 'Natuur en Gezondheid' with Physics) or
  • an international equivalent with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as required subjects

Examples are:

  • European Baccalaureate - Mathematics (at least 3 hours per week in the final 2 years), Physics, Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate diploma - Higher level: Chemistry; Standard level: Physics and Mathematics (not Mathematical Studies!)
  • British A-levels
  • Zeugnis der Algemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)
  • US High School Diploma (USA)


As English is the official language at CPS, non-native speakers are required to demonstrate proof of proficiency. Utrecht University accepts the following exams:

  • IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.0 overall band, 5.5 for writing. IELTS is the test preferred by Utrecht University.
  • TOEFL, Internet based. Minimum score: 83. Institutional scores are not accepted. The TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062.
  • Cambridge Certificates: Advanced English or Proficiency in English, minimum score C.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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