International Pharmaceutical Studies

For whom

Are you a Pharmacy, Health Care or Life Sciences student? And are you keen on a future in the pharmaceutical industry? Our Minor International Pharmaceutical Studies (IPS) enhances your knowledge by focusing on both the business and drug development side. You will work alone and in small groups, allowing for an intensive, international learning environment. Excursions are part of the programme.

You can also follow this minor as a part-time student. Ask the minor contact person for the possibilities.

Entry requirements

To enter the IPS minor programme, you must have the propaedeutic diploma.


The International Pharmaceutical Studies (IPS) minor programme is aimed at understanding business aspects as well as drug development processes within the pharmaceutical industry. It covers all phases and aspects of the drug development process, both pre-clinical and clinical.

You will work in project teams to discover, develop and bring to the market a (virtual) new medicine. There will be English classes to improve your use of professional English. You will also attend guest lectures from experts from the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, there are several excursions, including a 3-day international excursion.

Learning objectives

After completing this minor, you are able to describe all aspects of drug development:

  • Pre-clinical: target identification, compound screening, pharmacological and toxicological testing.
  • Clinical: phase 1, 2, 3 registration and (post) marketing.


The programme consists of the following courses:

Unit Title ECTS
Block A Pharmaceutical Industry & Pre-clinical Drug Development 15
Block B Clinical Drug Development, Registration & Marketing 15

Block A gives you an overview of pharmaceutical businesses across the world, defining recent movements and trends. You will also study the pre-clinical drug development process.

Block B covers clinical drug development, international clinical studies and trial management. You will also learn about registering and marketing pharmaceutics.


Your 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.


The following literature will be discussed during the minor. You will receive a definite reading list before the start of the minor.

  • 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


This is a full-time programme taking place in Block A and B (starting in September). Contact hours at HU are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On other days, project teams will work on weekly assignments. Excursions may be on other weekdays.

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