About the Drug Research Academy
Drug Research Academy (DRA) is an interdisciplinary graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences located at the Department of Pharmacy and Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology under the Graduate School of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
165 PhD students are affiliated with DRA (February 2019).
The vision of DRA is to create an internationally highly recognized graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences and increase the quality of our PhD scholarships by:
- promoting top level interdisciplinary and translational research in pharmaceutical sciences
- providing expert administrative guidance to our PhD students and supervisors
- facilitating collaboration with our stakeholders
- creating a collaborative environment through networking activities
- coordinating PhD courses in pharmaceutical sciences
- promoting internationalization through collaboration with PhD schools abroad
- performing quality assurance of our scholarships and programme
The Director and Head of the programme is Professor Jukka Rantanen.
The Executive Committee consists of the chairmen of Research & Innovation Committees at the Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and the head of the programme.
The Executive Committee has the following members:
- Jukka Rantanen - DRA Director
- Jette Sandholm Kastrup - Deputy Head of Department for research, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
- Thomas Rades - Chairman of the Research & Innovation Committee, Department of Pharmacy
Consultants are the representatives in the SUND PhD Study Board from pharmaceutical sciences:
- Professor Dan Stærk, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
- PhD student Maja Nørgaard Kristensen, Department of Pharmacy
The Administration of DRA consists of PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, Secretary Lotte Endsleff, and student aid Frederik Nørby Friis Sørensen.
DRA is part of PCAP, the PhD Career Programme, a training network comprising PhD students from 3 Graduate Programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
The purpose of PCAP is to enhance and develop central transferrable skills important for future career opportunities, help our students structure their research and increase their research productivity, and focus on career paths after graduation.
Visit PCAP website
DRA is also part of ULLA, a European University Consortium for Pharmaceutical Sciences, which is an international network with an aim to enhance collaboration within education and research within the pharmaceutical sciences between the European universities.
Visit ULLA website
The Drug Research Academy has conducted an employment survey on PhDs in pharmaceutical sciences completed 2014-2016. 75% of the PhD graduates got their first employment within 3 months after the conferment of the PhD degree, 69% have research and development as main function, 49% are employed in a medicinal or biotech company and 32% at universities. 78% work in Denmark. 50% work in the same field as their PhD project.
The results are compared with similar surveys conducted previously.
Read more: Employment survey 2017
The graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy (DRA), was re-organized in 2013 as a result of the faculty mergers at University of Copenhagen. The 'new' DRA introduced biannual progress reports and mandatory course(s) in project management with the aim of increasing the quality and productivity of the PhD programme.
The Drug Research Academy has made two surveys evaluating the outcome of theses initiatives among PhD students and principal supervisors. The surveys were conducted in December 2016 and January 2017: