M2 Development of Drugs and Health Products

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The objective of this pluridisciplinary master is to train future managers in the pharmaceutical field with a versatile, scientific and technical expertise, and an opening-up to business life or research laboratories.

The M1 is intended to provide international students with basic and advanced knowledge in research and development of innovative medicines, drawing on the expertise of University Paris-Saclay's researchers on the following topics :

1- Basic and advanced knowledge of the current diseases and the dysregulation of major functions
2- Pharmacist’s toolbox: chemistry, biotechnology, formulation, production
3- The pharmaco-toxicological and analytical methods with extension to environmental impacts in order to implement diagnosis, treatment and prevention

In M2 the students may choose to specialize in two of these three topics.

Course Prerequisites

- Licence de Sciences chimiques ou biologiques (BSc) - Diplôme de Pharmacien (PharmD) - Diplôme de Médecin (MD) Formation continue: - en fonction du profil du candidat Compétences en anglais: - TOEFL - IELTS - Cambridge English certificate or equivalent.

  • Identify the current issues in major pathologies to implement treatments and adequate preventive measures.

  • Identify and determine the structure of simple chemical compounds, analyse and correlate molecular structures to the physicochemical properties, biological activity, metabolism and toxicity of drugs.

  • Solve problems and implement technical processes for the design and making of new drug formulations, nanomedicine, medical devices, biotechnologies, taking into account environmental issues and market requirements.

  • Apply experimental protocols according to good laboratory practice and ethical rules to generate, organize, analyse and extract relevant information from the data.

  • Discuss and compare experimental results and exploitation of the literature with initial hypotheses in order to validate, correct or refute them.

Post-graduate profile

Project manager in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biotechnological, biomedical, regulatory, R&D, quality assurance or quality control fields.

Career prospects

The graduate may, in France or abroad,

- continue his/her doctoral training and access to positions in universities and research institutes

- access different manager positions in the industry, national drug evaluation organizations, international or national health organizations


Institut Galien
Lipides, Systèmes Analytiques et Biologiques
Biomolécules : Conception, Isolement, Synthèse
Signalisation et Physiopathologie Cardiovasculaire
Ecologie Systématique et Evolution
Stabilité génétique et oncogenèse
Unité Bactéries Pathogènes et Santé
Inflammation Chimiokines and Immunopathology
Physiopathologénèse et traitement des maladies du Foie
Santé mentale et santé publique
Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell - DRF/JOLIOT
Hémostase, inflammation, thrombose
Institut Paris Saclay d'Innovation thérapeutique
Hypertension artérielle pulmonaire : physiopathologie et innovation thérapeutique
Vectorologie et thérapeutiques anticancéreuses
Biomarqueurs prédictifs et nouvelles stratégies thérapeutiques en oncologie
Radiothérapie Moléculaire
Institut de chimie moléculaire et des matériaux d'Orsay.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Therapies of major function dysregulations 2 16 4
Therapies of immune and hematologic dysregulations 2 16 4
Therapies in oncology 2 12 8
Therapies in neurodegenerative diseases 2 6 4
Anti-infectious therapies 3 24 12
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
The medicinal chemist's toolbox (Chemistry II) 3 24
Pharmaceutical engineering II 4 12 10 10
Biotechnology II 4 36 4 4
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Pharmacology/Toxicology II 4 35 5
Biomolecular modelling/Bioinformatics 3 6 14 10
Analytical sciences and data evaluation/Environment II 4 3 3 12
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Research specialization 2 1 19 5
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Vaccinology 2 10 10
Rush: pharmaceutical business game 2 30
Natural product chemodiversity 2 16
Nanomedicine 2 3 15
Marketing II 2 10 10
Infections and immunosuppression 2 10 5 5
Hospital internship 2 3 20
Generate, organize, analyze and extract relevant information from experimental data 2 4 12
English II 2 20
Emerging analytical techniques 2 16 3
Biotechnology PW4: EPO, from production to purification 2 1 4 15
Biotechnology PW3: Viral and non viral gene transfer comparison 2 1 4 15
Biomaterials and applications 2 10 10

6-month internship in academic or industrial research laboratory, including participation to a final scientific symposium.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Intership + Symposium 30 840
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
This M2 is not offered next year
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Copy of the last diploma.

  • Copy of passport.

  • Curriculum EU (description of the units of education followed) of the last two years.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Motivation letter.

  • Letter of recommendation or internship evaluation.

  • List of other masters requested (excluding Saclay).

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

  • Certificate of English level.

Additional supporting documents
Administrative office
Registration fees

This master's program offers additional services. This program requires specific tuition fees in addition to the mandatory fees : https://www.universite-paris-saclay.fr/en/admission-help/tuition-fees