International Pharmaceutical Studies

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.

After completing this minor, you will have a basic understanding of the international (innovative) pharmaceutical industry, and you'll receive a special notification on your diploma to reflect this. A great first step towards a career in the pharmaceutical industry!

Useful to know

Start date September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code GKO-IPS-13
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

The minor International Pharmaceutical Studies (IPS) is a voluntary (profiling) course in English. It is a one-semester (2 blocks) minor aimed at understanding business aspects as well as drug development processes within the pharmaceutical industry.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Jenny van Gent.

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.





Minor IPS

Block A

Pharmaceutical Industry & Preclinical Drug Development


Minor IPS

Block B

Clinical Drug Development, Registration & Marketing


In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

This minor is suitable for Pharmacy, Health Care or Life Sciences students.
The programme is particularly suited if you aim for an internship and/or career in the pharmaceutical industry, or if you are interested in qualifying for clinical research positions.

English CEFR level B1.

Please note: You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

Find out how to apply

Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Double focus: drug development and business

    The programme is specifically developed to prepare you for a future in the pharmaceutical industry as it focuses on both business and drug development aspects of the industry.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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