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Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Bio and Pharmaceutical Materials Science (BIOPHAM)

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Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Bio and Pharmaceutical Materials Science (BIOPHAM)

The Erasmus Mundus BIOPHAM master’s degree (master's degree website) is a two-year programme taught entirely in English. The aim of the programme is to meet international demand for qualified graduates with high-level theoretical and applied training in materials science, the physics and chemistry of materials and the application of these disciplines to pharmaceuticals. BIOPHAM was developed by a consortium of four renowned European universities, and it benefits from the involvement of an extensive international network of companies, large-scale facilities and associated universities.
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General details

Duration and start date
Two academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Timetable and delivery
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General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
To enrol for an interuniversity master’s degree coordinated by a university other than the UPC, you must enrol through the coordinating university:
Université de Lille

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities
The BIOPHAM master’s degree will help address a severe shortage of human resources in the research-based pharmaceutical sector, which includes academic centres, large pharmaceutical companies, SMEs, spin-offs, start-ups, contract research organisations and drug manufacturers.

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

The BIOPHAM master's degree provide all students with various transversal skills such as competencies in entrepreneurship, project management, economic and strategic intelligence, marketing, bibliographical search and synthesis. Students also have opportunities to acquire other soft skills (intercultural communication, research experience and scientific communication, national language of their host universities) enabling them to easily adapt to their future international professional environment.


First semester

Third semester

  • Advanced Caracterisation I 3
  • Advanced Caracterisation II 3
  • Application of Vibrational Spectroscopy in Therapeutic Substance Studies 4
  • Atomic Scale Modeling 6
  • Computer Modeling 4
  • Drug Chemistry and Technology of Drug Forms 3
  • English/French Foreign Language 3
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Modeling 5
  • Health Entrepreneurship Program 9
  • Introduction to Drug Product Development and Pharmaceutical Technology 3
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship 1
  • Language Course: Scientific English 4
  • Molecular Biophysics 5
  • Molecular Mobility in Amorphous Materials 3
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy 5
  • Physical State Manipulation, Characterization and Formulation of Pharmaceuticals 6
  • Project Design Management 3
  • Protection of Intellectual Property, Health and Safety, Ergonomic 1
  • Scientific Writing 3
  • Selected Issues from Biomaterials Toxicology 2
  • Specialized Laboratory 2
  • Specialized Lecture: Dielectric Spectroscopy in the Study of Dynamics of Biological Systems 3
  • Subject in the Field of Humanities 3
  • Thermodynamics & Phase Transformation 3

Fourth semester

  • Master's Thesis 30
  • Master's Thesis 30
  • Master's Thesis 30
  • Master's Thesis 30
  • CompulsoryECTS
  • OptionalECTS
  • ProjectECTS

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