International Programmes 2023/2024

Master of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences / Pharmazeutische Forschung MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences / Pharmazeutische Forschung

Freie Universität Berlin • Berlin

Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English.

Full-time / part-time
  • full-time
Programme duration
2 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

Application and registration period: 24 April – 31 May (for the winter semester) and 1 December – 15 January (for the summer semester)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Pharmaceutical Science is an interdisciplinary study programme that covers a broad variety of topics involved in the development and testing of medicinal products. This will give students an insight into pharmaceutical research that combines aspects of different natural sciences - mainly chemistry, biology and physics – with medicinal topics. Specific subjects of this programme include drug discovery and development, testing therapeutic compositions/formulations, investigating drug release systems and determination of drug effects.

Throughout this programme, students learn to deal with complex and current interdisciplinary problems of pharmaceutical drug discovery and development by using scientific methods. The course of study will provide the students with the necessary knowledge, capabilities and methodology to engage in scientific work and to critically assess scientific findings in an independent and responsible way.

Course organisation
  • Key skills in pharmaceutical research (lecture, seminar) – only summer semester
  • Current areas of pharmaceutical research (lecture, seminar) – only winter semester
  • Pharmaceutical research project (seminar, practical workshop)
  • Master’s thesis
A Diploma supplement will be issued
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

In total, the semester contribution amounts to 312.89 EUR. It includes a fee of 198.80 EUR for the transportation ticket contribution. This allows you to use public transportation in Berlin for free. Other costs covered by the semester contribution include a 50 EUR enrolment fee, a 54.09 EUR semester contribution to the student support service ("studierendenWERK Berlin"), and a 10 EUR contribution to the student union.

Costs of living

Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is quite reasonable. However, the cost of living has also risen somewhat in Germany in recent years. The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc. are slightly above the EU average. You will need around 950 to 1,200 EUR each month to cover your living expenses. The biggest expense is monthly rent, which is between 400 and 700 EUR in Berlin.

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

The admission requirement for the Master’s programme is a German or comparable foreign higher education graduation certificate in pharmacy, food chemistry, medical chemistry, human biology, medicine, veterinary medicine or a related degree in the natural sciences with a standard study period of at least eight semesters or comprising of 240 credit points (CP).

The equivalence of the presented proof for fulfilment of the admission requirements is decided by the Examination Committee of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy responsible for the Master’s programme.

Language requirements

Applicants whose higher education graduation certificate was not achieved at an educational institute where English was the language of study must demonstrate English language ability sufficient to meet the requirements of Level B2 of the Common European Framework for languages (CEFR).

Applicants are free from proving ability in the German language.

Application deadline

Application and registration period: 24 April – 31 May (for the winter semester) and 1 December – 15 January (for the summer semester)

Submit application to

Applicants with a German degree:

Applicants with non-German degree:

Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways of earning money while you study, for example as waiting staff, academic assistants, or private tutors. Knowledge of German will improve your chances of finding a part-time job, but it isn’t necessarily required. However, it is important to be aware of the legal regulations.

The student support service at the university, called studierendenWERK Berlin, and the local representative of the "Bundesagentur für Arbeit" (Federal Employment Agency) can provide information about jobs for students. When searching for a job, look at online job boards, ads in local newspapers, and notice boards on campus.


You have the option to stay in a public/private student dormitory or in a private (shared) apartment. Student dormitories are not administrated by the university itself, so Freie Universität Berlin does not have any on-campus housing. However, it works together with "studierendenWERK Berlin" regarding student accommodation.

If you do not wish to stay in a student dormitory, you can try to find a room or an apartment on the private housing market. Many students in Berlin live in shared apartments ("WGs"). You can find these offers online (e.g. WG-gesucht or Craigslist) or on notice boards on campus.

Available rooms/apartments near the university are rare. Therefore, students mostly commute from other parts of the city. The commute via public transportation usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour, which is considered a normal travel time in Berlin due to the city's size.

General services and support for international students and doctoral candidates

There is support for international students or doctoral candidates.

Freie Universität Berlin

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