Master in Sustainable

Drug Discovery

Master in short

2 years

The S-DISCO programme is a 2-year full-time Master programme.

4 universities

The programme is organized by 4 European universities, i.e. Ghent University, Medical University of Gdańsk, University of Lille and the University of Groningen.

Master thesis

Students will perform a master thesis in one of the partner institutions or with one of the numerous associated partners (incl. industry, competent authorities and research institutions).

Master degree

Successful students will obtain a common master of science degree of the partner universities.

Target students

Candidates must hold a higher education diploma (180 ECTS or higher) in Chemical, Biological, (Bio-)Engineering, Pharmaceutical or Medical sciences.

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S-DISCO Programme

Learn about the S-DISCO programme and how to apply.

Our partners

The S-DISCO master degree has been built through close collaboration between the consortium and industrial players in the field in order to train high-level graduates with inter-and trans-disciplinary skills in the different fields of drug discovery, with a focus on sustainability. The partners will actively participate in the S-DISCO programme by i.a. teaching, holding seminars and providing internships to master thesis students. Discover our partners

What to expect?

Find out what students can expect when they are selected for the S-DISCO programme.


Our second-year master's student, Nelson Ankamah, was selected among the top 100 submissions to the Global Essay Competition organized by the St. Gallen Symposium, earning him the title of Leader of Tomorrow. In his essay, he addressed the challenge of Unmet Medical Needs and argued for the role of basic drug discovery efforts with a […]
Drug discovery is the birth of a novel medicine and should thus be part of the drug’s life cycle and early communication with all stakeholders. Read our paper: B. De Spiegeleer, B. Deprez, E. Hak, M. Markuszewski, E. Wynendaele, On the pivotal role of drug discovery in sustainable EU pharma reform, Drug Discovery Today (2024), doi:
We are proud to announce that S-DISCO was selected as one of the 2024-2025 recipients of the ACS-CES Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education. Congratulations to our teaching staff for this wonderful achievement!

"Finding adequate treatments for unmet disease conditions, for everyone, everywhere, at a fair price, while respecting the environment and ecosystems is an enormous challenge, and one that we must be better prepared for."

Bart De Spiegeleer, Ghent University

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