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Launch of the Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Sustainable Drug Discovery (S-DISCO). Call for applications open till February, 28!

Ghent University (Belgium), the Medical University of Gdańsk (Poland), the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the University of Lille (France) are proud to announce the new International Master in Sustainable Drug Discovery (S-DISCO), which was recently selected under Erasmus+. S-DISCO focuses on drug discovery, which is the creative and critically important phase in the life cycle of a medicine that precedes elaborated preclinical and clinical development.


The programme is unique, because of its focus on sustainability, an aspect that currently receives close to zero attention in traditional medicine R&D programmes, but which rapidly becomes a high priority requirement. Courses are given not only by academic experts, but also by industry and competent authorities. Combined with the limited number of excellent students that will be allowed, this guarantees high-quality education, preparing the students for a bright future in the pharma-biotech field.

S-DISCSO is a two-year Master programme consisting of logically aligned modules with stepwise build-up knowledge, skills and competences. By applying case-based learning, it will stimulate students to integrate, connect, confront and reconcile multi-perspective ways of looking at sustainable drug discovery.

After a preparative summer school in Ghent, all students will stay the first semester at this institution and the second semester in Gdańsk. In the third semester, students may customize their studies in Lille or Groningen. In the fourth semester, students will perform a master thesis in one of these partner institutions or with one of the numerous associated partners (incl. industry, competent authorities and research institutions). Successful students will obtain a common master-degree of the 4 universities. Apart from ENLIGHT institutions Ghent and Groningen, Uppsala University is associated partner to the consortium.

How to apply?

Scholarships from the EU will be available every year, with both European and International students being invited to apply for the programme and associated grants. The grant covers the tuition fee, and also provides a travel and living allowance. The call for applications has been opened until the 28th of February 2022.

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