The Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry specialisation track provides students with strong knowledge on design and synthesis of new drugs, radiolabelling and enhanced targeting of drugs – along with screening, isolation, and modification of new drug candidates from bioactive plants. In addition, students will learn to master the state-of-the-art methods required for the full identification of drug molecules and for their quantitation from different types of tissues and metabolite mixtures.
The studies offer three options, all covering the chemistry of drug development from slightly different perspectives: bio-organic chemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry and natural compound chemistry.The studies provide deep hands-on knowledge on medicinal chemistry, as practical laboratory work is at the core of the programme.
Career or after graduation opportunities
After graduating from the programme, students will be equipped with skills that provide them with multiple career options. For instance, they will be able to join the industry in Finland or abroad, or to enter the public sector, for example, in various authoritative duties. The programme provides also an excellent opening for postgradute studies. The MSc degree completed in the programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide.
The studies in Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry provide excellent possibilities for a career in life sciences. For example, graduates can:
- continue as a postgraduate student to pursue a career as a scientist
- work in industry as a researcher or quality manager
- work in a core facility management taking care of e.g. the mass spectrometers
- work in science administration nationally or internationally
- work in hospital research laboratories
- be a product manager or a project coordinator
The programme is managed together by the Faculties of Medicine, and Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Turku. The programme also collaborates closely with Åbo Akademi University. Thus, the offered education is based on the true research strengths of the participating units.