Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance, Certificate

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 10 days
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) Online
The global health challenge of maximising drug safety yet maintaining public confidence has become increasingly complex. Pharmaceutical companies are required to employ named members of staff responsible for pharmacovigilance.


Health authorities grapple with the need to provide quality care whilst containing a burgeoning drug budget. Regulatory authorities must balance the potential benefits of new drugs with varying levels of suspicion of their potential harm.

This 20-week examined course in pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance addresses the increasing need for well informed professionals to work in all areas related to the assessment of drug safety and risk-benefit of drug use. It is an introductory course and should meet the needs of a wide variety of practitioners.

Aims of the Course

The course will help participants acquire a basic understanding of the concepts and practice of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance. Specifically, it will:

  • enable participants to understand issues surrounding the risks and benefits of drug use in humans including the cause, manifestations and consequences of adverse drug effects (ADEs), the manner in which these are detected and monitored, and the related historic and legal frameworks
  • introduce participants to fundamental statistical, economic and epidemiological concepts and methods
  • introduce participants to important pharmacoepidemiological concepts and methods and to enable them to apply these methods to drug issues
  • equip participants with skills to facilitate further learning in these areas

Who should apply for this course?

The course is aimed at personnel concerned with the safe use of medicines, particularly in developed countries, including those working (or intending to work) in:

  • the pharmaceutical industry who are involved in drug development, licensing, and surveillance
  • regulatory bodies who are involved in licensing and surveillance
  • the health service who are involved in drug policy, and
  • health policy decision-making agencies


The course may be included as part of a Professional Development Plan.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 10 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

 The course is part-time and comprises 300 hours (approximately one day per week on average) which are spent as follows: 80 hours formal teaching and contact time, 120 hours self-directed study and 100 hours project work. 

Teaching Methods

Teaching will include traditional lectures and seminar/workshops during formal teaching, self-directed learning in between formal teaching and self-directed (but supervised) project work. Workshops will address topics such as designing a pharmacoepidemiological study, critical appraisal of published papers, developing risk management plans and responding to a drug safety alert. The self-directed component will be facilitated by the provision of detailed course material. Students will be provided with a reading list pertinent to the course.

The variety of backgrounds and the knowledge possessed by lecturers ensures that the course has a sound mixture of the theoretical and the practical issues surrounding drug safety. The teachers range from academic staff at the School, with expertise in areas such as pharmacology, epidemiology and statistics, to senior practitioners in the international pharmaceutical industry, regulatory authorities, and public health who have practical expertise in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology.

Methods of assessment

The course is examined through unseen written examinations and submission of a written project, the subject of which is determined by the course organiser. All materials for the project will be provided, and each student will be supported by an academic adviser. Additionally two lectures on the chosen topic will be included in the syllabus.


Course Organiser: Ian Douglas

Course Co-organiser: Sinead Langan

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

Applicants will normally have a science, biomedical or biostatistical background, hold a second class honours degree of a United Kingdom university (or equivalent) in a science, medical, statistical or related subject and will have some experience in the area. However, previous experience will be taken into account in all cases.

Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English, and of English comprehension. In certain cases the School may ask the applicant to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English.

A Curriculum Vitae should be submitted with the application.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4999 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4999 GBP per module and a duration of 10 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4999 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4999 GBP per module and a duration of 10 days.
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Living costs for London

684 - 830 GBP/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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