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Thinking of studying for a postgraduate degree at the University of Hertfordshire? Let's Talk Postgrad is the perfect opportunity for you to speak directly to our expert academics to learn more about your course of interest, life as a postgraduate student and the opportunities that further study offers.

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PgCert Pharmacovigilance

Why choose Herts?

Industry Accreditation: Delivered in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association [PIPA].

Teaching Excellence: This course is flexible blended with online and face-to-face teaching. You'll learn from expert specialist teaching staff who work with the Eu2P European Programme in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology, an online pan European e-learning tool.

Strong Industry Connections: Benefit from networking opportunities with our alumni at University based Pharmacovigilance events and connect with our industry supporters including Roche, Novartis, and GSK.

Professional Accreditations

This course is accreditated by the PIPA (Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association)

About the course

The PgCert Pharmacovigilance is a course developed by the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University and the Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association (PIPA). On this course you will study relevant techniques used in pharmacovigilance including the basis of adverse drug reactions, regulations and guidelines (UK, EU and major worldwide regions), handling safety issues including Labelling and Risk Management Systems and processes (both pre and post-marketing). 

Why choose this course?

  • 1st for Biosciences in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)
  • Expertise of the staff, who are experienced professionals and have real world expertis in pharmacovigilance from the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory authorities
  • Flexibility of study, based on intensive three-day taught courses with independent
  • Pre and post coursework activities
  • Practical research projects based on real-world situations
  • Opportunities for sharing experiences and networking 

What will I study?

Taught modules normally consist of approximately 24 hours class contact. In addition, about 120 hours will be needed to complete the pre and post-course activities. The actual amount of time spent will depend upon your existing knowledge and ability. All modules are free-standing. Satisfactory completion of four modules is compulsory for the PgCert; all eight modules are required for the PgDip and MSc. Coursework will contribute significantly to assessment and may comprise some or all of the following: summaries of pre-course reading, written reports of class discussions, essays, performances in seminars, poster presentations, problem solving or data interpretation exercise, short projects and case studies. Unseen written examinations will feature in some courses; they may be used to examine understanding of pre-course reading material. Attendance at the taught component and satisfactory completion of both coursework and examinations (where present), with a minimum mark of 50% in each element, is normally required to pass each module.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Drug Safety in Clinical Trials 15 Credits Optional
    Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems II 15 Credits Optional
    Management of Pharmacovigilance Data 15 Credits Optional
    Principles of Pharmacovigilance 15 Credits Optional
    Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems I 15 Credits Optional
    Pharmacoepidemiology 15 Credits Optional
    Labelling and Risk Management 15 Credits Optional
    Pharmacovigilance Regulations and Guidelines 15 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Pharmacovigilance Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Pharmacovigilance Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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