Taught course


University of Hertfordshire · School of Life and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

  • A first or second class Honours degree in Biosciences, Pharmacy or Biological Chemistry
  • Or a professional qualification accepted as equivalent to the above
  • Or a qualification in veterinary science, medicine or dentistry
  • Or a first or second class Honours degree in disciplines that would be judged as equivalent to the above
  • Plus at least 6 months' experience in full-time Pharmacovigilance work

Applicants not within the categories described above, but who can demonstrate by other qualifications, research publications or appropriate experience that they can succeed on the course will be considered on individual merit.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The aim of this MSc is to provide a postgraduate education in Pharmacovigilance, including relevant techniques, the basis of adverse drug reactions, regulations and guidelines, handling safety issues including labelling and risk management and systems and processes. Teaching consists of lectures and workshop activities in small groups and takes into account real world situations. There are opportunities for sharing experiences and networking which contributes to the development of students' knowledge and understanding of Pharmacovigilance issues.

Why choose this course?

  • The MSc/PgD/PgC in Pharmacovigilance is a programme developed by the School of Life and Medical Sciences and the Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association (PIPA).
  • In addition to offering this course, The University of Hertfordshire is also part of the Eu2P European Programme in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology, an online pan European e-learning/e-teaching MSc course.
  • The programme includes eight taught modules, provided as intensive three-day workshops, and for the MSc award, a research project.
  • It is taught mainly through teams of staff drawn from the professions appropriate to pharmacovigilance. This is a major feature of the programme, the majority of staff delivering the courses will be acknowledged experts.

Professional Accreditations

PIPA (Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association)

Information for international students

For international students, proficiency in English as demonstrated by an approved test e.g. ILETS score 7.0, if English is not the first language.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Chris Benham
+44 (0)1707 280000