36 months
23300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The College of Pharmaceutical Sciences programme at Utrecht University is a three-year Honours Bachelor's 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.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Contribute To Society

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  programme at Utrecht University  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.

Career Prospects

CPS graduates have many career prospects, either in the Netherlands or abroad.

Examples of future employers:

  • Universities and academic hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical or biomedical research institutes, such as Lygature and the Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry
  • Companies linked to the pharmaceutical industry (pre-clinical/clinical research of drugs, such as NOTOX)
  • Medicine regulatory agencies (CBG, EMA, FDA)
  • (Scientific) journals
  • Government agencies (RIVM)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Epidemiology and Clinical Development
  • Behaviour of the Drug in the Human Body
  • The Drug and the Cell
  • The Drug Molecule
  • Intercellular communication
  • Immunopharmacology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In the Netherlands, only the Dutch VWO diploma gives direct access to a university education. If you hold a foreign secondary school diploma, International Student Admissions will need to determine whether you can be admitted to the University. In this case, they will verify if your diploma is considered equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    23300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23300 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time): € 2,209
  • Institutional fee: € 20,200 (EU/EEA), € 23,300 (non-EU/EEA)

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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