The global pharmaceutical industry requires well-trained scientists who have the education and ambition to drive innovative drug development. The Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (M.C.C.B.) program places the student at the forefront of those efforts by providing a fundamental understanding of the drug-body interaction from the molecular to the physiological level. By engaging this broader approach, that is, not only trying to cure disease (medicinal chemistry) but also placing an emphasis on the underlying associated cellular pathways (chemical biology), further innovative opportunities for treating the disease will come forward. In this regard, the M.C.C.B. program is unique within the German academic landscape and should help bridge the evolving needs of the high growth pharmaceutical industry.
Students who have completed the M.C.C.B. program will understand how the life of cells, organisms, and humans is organized at the chemical molecular level. This opens the door to graduate education (most often in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, or organic chemistry) but also to a wide variety of career choices ranging from the strictly scientific (entry-level industrial positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or food industries) to education (elementary or high school), to regulatory affairs (analytical food testing laboratories, quality management, etc.) to legal counsel (patent attorney, licensing, etc.) to start-ups. The critical, goal-oriented, skills acquired from your in-depth analysis of chemical-biological problems may also be recognized by headhunters as transferable to non-scientific areas of employment. The mandatory M.C.C.B. summer internship, most often within the industrial research sector, is a professional growth experience that is invaluable for aiding students in their career-making decision process.
The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high-quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, business etiquette, and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Furthermore, the Alumni Office helps students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.
At Jacobs University students are actively involved in research from their first year of study. On a campus where the whole world is at home Jacobs students graduate as responsible global citizens ready to use their acquired skills to make a difference in tomorrow’s world.
Program Start Date 2021: last week of August (orientation week), the first week of September (classes)
Tuition: € 20,000 per academic year + € 8,000 living expenses
Scholarships: All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.
Application Deadlines 2021: June 1 (global) and July 25 (for applicants who do not need a visa)
Duration: 3 years full-time
Financing Options: Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.
5 reasons why you should study Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (M.C.C.B.) at Jacobs University
Study a program with a unique interdisciplinary combination of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology;
Benefit from our research-led education approach and learn from our top scientists and their internationally recognized research;
Gain lab experience in our modern, well-equipped labs and facilities;
Benefit from small classes and our top student-to-teacher ratio;
Profit from our network of successful Alumni for your career in science or business.
T.H.E. Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany
C.H.E. Ranking 2019 Jacobs University achieved top results in numerous other areas of the CHE ranking 2019. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.
The laboratories of the M.C.C.B. faculty have all of the state-of-the-art instrumentation required to compete on a world-wide research level, and we frequently publish in the top journals within Chemistry and the Life Sciences. Early research opportunities are a hallmark of our program with students often incorporated into our Ph.D. research groups as early as the first year of their B.Sc. study. Because of our low student to faculty ratio, strong mentorship is provided by our Ph.D. students and professors. This extra assistance not only allows students to conduct research projects throughout their career at Jacobs but with real research achievement. For example, many of those same students obtain peer-reviewed publications that are a core component of a successful graduate school application.