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The aim of the Eu2P Master in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology is to respond to the growing need for well-trained professionals in pharmacovigilance… Read more

The aim of the Eu2P Master in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology is to respond to the growing need for well-trained professionals in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology highlighted by industry, regulatory and academic bodies. There is a particular need for skilled people, trained in medicine risk-benefit assessment, risk management plan elaboration, risk minimization and risk communication.

Eu2P-trained professionals are qualified for new job profiles such as project managers, pharmacoepidemiological coordinators, risk-benefit analysts and people able to interact with statisticians and clinicians. Eu2P is designed for: non-specialists, graduate and postgraduate students in Health and Life Sciences, healthcare professionals, companies, regulatory agencies and academic institutions.

Program structure

The Eu2P Master offers six high level curricula track specializations to meet specific professional needs in: benefit assessment of medicine, medicine risk identification and quantification, medicine benefit-risk assessment, medicine and public health, medicine risk communication along with an “A la carte” track.

Year 1: 60 ECTS credits

Validation of mandatory basis modules for Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology (24 ECTS).

Completion of a tutored project (6 ECTS).

Validation of a research project (30 ECTS).

Year 2: 60 ECTS credits

Validation of theoretical content (ten modules, 30 ECTS):

Six mandatory theoretical modules.

  • plus modules of the chosen track.
  • plus choice of one or two complementary optional modules.

Validation of a research project (30 ECTS).

Strengths of this Master program

  • 100% online, open to all professionals or students throughout the world. The Master may be completed at work or at home, you do not need to travel as even the examinations are online. 70% of our students are professionals and manage their Eu2P diploma while they work full or part-time, it’s up to you!
  • The Eu2P European Master is built and recognized by all 24 academic, regulatory and industrial Eu2P partners. The courses are based on today’s job market and practices.
  • Research projects may be performed in public or private environments.
  • Increasing worldwide recognition for the Eu2P program as an excellent employment opportunity and also a way of improving regulatory sciences.

After this Master program?

Opportunities that involve collecting, monitoring, researching, assessing and evaluating information from healthcare providers and patients on the adverse effects of medications to ensure that drugs on the market are safe for patients and to identify new hazards associated with the medication.

Students are generally in either full or part-time employment and are likely to have a range of responsibilities, mostly in pharmacovigilance and medical information, monitoring safety data in either pre- or post-marketing studies or from spontaneous reports. Pharmacovigilance is an expanding area, primarily due to an increase in regulation and product withdraws based on safety concerns.

Following registration to Eu2P, students are invited to join the Alumni group via which they regularly receive job offers from all over the world.



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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. Read more
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 your knowledge and understanding of pharmacovigilance issues.

Flexible programme

This is a flexible programme designed to meet the needs of those in either full or part-time employment who are likely to have a spread of responsibilities. Students are able to complete the MSc course in under three years if able to attend all modules at the earliest opportunity. Alternatively, they can take up to five years, progressing at a slower pace.

Participants will normally be graduates and/or experienced personnel and usually will need to have held positions in drug safety for one to several years. The programme is run as a series of intensive short courses supplemented with substantial pre and post-course reading and set coursework. In addition, if you are studying for an MSc, you will undertake a research project that is normally carried out at your workplace but may be done at the University, or an institution with appropriate experience of pharmacovigilance or adverse drug reactions.

The programme has attracted students from European Union countries, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and the USA and its success has led to the organisation of an annual Pharmacovigilance Update day for those who have completed their studies.

Recruitment will take place at the beginning of each taught module and the programme offers the awards of a PgC, PgD or MSc. Students are typically able to obtain any one of the awards in a minimum of two years; however you have a maximum registration of up to five years in order to complete the course. This course has the option of being a diploma if you do not feel you can commit to the full MSc programme.

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.
-The aim is to provide a postgraduate education in pharmacovigilance, including relevant techniques, the basis of adverse drug reactions, regulations and guidelines, handling safety issues and the role of systems and processes.

Professional Accreditations

PIPA (Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association)

Careers

Potential candidates will normally be in either full or part-time employment and are likely to have a spread of responsibilities, mostly in pharmacovigilance and medical information, monitoring safety data in either pre- and post-marketing studies or from spontaneous reports. They will be graduates and/or experienced personnel and usually will have held positions in drug safety for one to several years. Some applicants may have doctorates and may be medically qualified. Following successful completion of the course the knowledge gained should enable the post-graduates to make a greater contribution to the pharmacovigilance industry.

Teaching methods

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.

Structure

Year 1
Optional
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems I
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems II
-Drug Safety in Clinical Trials
-Labelling and Risk Management
-Management of Pharmacovigilance Data
-Pharmacoepidemiology
-Pharmacovigilance Regulations and Guidelines
-Principles of Pharmacovigilance

Year 2
Optional
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems I
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems II
-Drug Safety in Clinical Trials
-Labelling and Risk Management
-Management of Pharmacovigilance Data
-Pharmacoepidemiology
-Pharmacovigilance Regulations and Guidelines
-Principles of Pharmacovigilance

Year 3
Optional
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems I
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems II
-Drug Safety in Clinical Trials
-Labelling and Risk Management
-Management of Pharmacovigilance Data
-Pharmacoepidemiology
-Pharmacovigilance Regulations and Guidelines
-Principles of Pharmacovigilance
-Project, Pharmacovigilance

Year 4
Optional
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems I
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems II
-Drug Safety in Clinical Trials
-Labelling and Risk Management
-Management of Pharmacovigilance Data
-Pharmacoepidemiology
-Pharmacovigilance Regulations and Guidelines
-Principles of Pharmacovigilance
-Project, Pharmacovigilance

Year 5
Optional
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems I
-Adverse Drug Reactions by Major Body Systems II
-Drug Safety in Clinical Trials
-Labelling and Risk Management
-Management of Pharmacovigilance Data
-Pharmacoepidemiology
-Pharmacovigilance Regulations and Guidelines
-Principles of Pharmacovigilance
-Project, Pharmacovigilance

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How does a disease develop in a patient or model system? Which substances can influence this process? How is effective medication designed and tested? Can you cure diseases with stem cells?. Read more
How does a disease develop in a patient or model system? Which substances can influence this process? How is effective medication designed and tested? Can you cure diseases with stem cells?

You study the causes and pathophysiology of diseases and intervention with drugs. The programme is interdisciplinary covering the whole range of drug development disciplines. From basic drug target discovery to molecular modeling of targets. And from synthesis andanalysis, pharmacology, toxicology and biopharmacy to clinical pharmacoepidemiology and post marketing surveillance.

The main feature of the programme are research projects in which you will learn about conducting research by actually doing it. You will independently perform experiments and go through the whole process of conducting science developing skills such as studying scientific literature, formulating hypotheses, designing and performing experiments, and interpreting and presenting your results. The programme therefore is a good preparation for a PhD programme or for independent practice of science in a future job.

You can either choose to design your programme tailored to your individual research interest or choose a specialisation. Available specialisations:Toxicology and Drug Disposition, with focus on adverse drug reactions and toxicokinetics of drugs, or Pharmacoepidemiology which studies intended and unintended effects of drugs in daily life.

Why in Groningen?

- Groningen drug research is among the best in the world
- Unique interdisciplinary cooperation between clinical, preclinical and pharmaceutical research fields
- Specialisations: Toxicology and Drug Disposition | Pharmacoepidemiology

Job perspectives

When you have finished the Master's programme in Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences you have multiple career options. You are optimally prepared to start a research career but you can also choose for a position that links science to business and policy.

Researcher (usually as a PhD) in a variety of organisations:
- Universities
- Academic and general hospitals
- Pharmaceutical, biomedical industries and food industries

Positions linking medical pharmaceutical sciences to a business or policy strategy in:
- Governmental and semi-governmental institutions such as the Medicines Evaluation Board or the Ministry of Health and Welfare
- Societal and patient organisations

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Why this course?. This new and unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to come together in a small peer-group learning environment to develop as advanced clinical practitioners. Read more

Why this course?

This new and unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to come together in a small peer-group learning environment to develop as advanced clinical practitioners. The course is flexible with a choice of classes that look at specific practice and personal development needs.

The course is designed to produce highly skilled practitioners who can improve patient care by driving forward innovation in all areas of pharmacy practice through delivery of the Scottish Government’s Vision and Action Plan: Prescription for Excellence

The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification is included within the course as an optional 30-credit module; practitioners who have already completed the IP qualification will receive 30 credits for prior learning and the requirements for each award will be reduced by 30 credits.

You’ll study

This course consists of a series of optional classes.

Successful completion of 60 credits from any combination of classes leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

The award of a Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits. The MSc requires 180 credits, which includes a project and class in research skills.

Our facilities & staff

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a new £36 million building.

Our postgraduate community comes from all corners of the globe and benefits from the support and guidance of the Institute’s Graduate School as well as from close, long-standing industrial and NHS links.

Research in SIPBS is focused on “New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines”. 

The teaching and research interests of the Institute cover many aspects of pharmacy and biomedical sciences. There's particular emphasis on:

  • fundamental bioscience to develop new targets and translational opportunities
  • drug discovery to translate basic science into target validation
  • advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing and industrial biotechnology
  • pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacy practice research for better pharmaceutical care and medicines use

Learning & teaching

The course places a strong emphasis on student-centred learning delivered through a blended learning approach. There's a combination of e-learning materials, small group tutorials and workshops led by experienced staff, student presentations and work-based practice activities. Class material is available through online learning tools which can be accessed at any time.

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has a well-established relationship with NHS Scotland and a number of leading clinicians have visiting or honorary appointments. The course team combines both academic and clinical expertise to deliver classes that provide both the scientific knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to achieve the changes required to improve patient care.

Together we undertake collaborative research focused on the “Better Use of Medicines” through the study of real-world clinical data (pharmacoepidemiology) and the design and testing of novel healthcare intervention models in clinical practice settings (practice research).

Assessment

Assessment is through both written assignments and practical observation/examinations and submission of a manuscript (MSc students only).

Careers

The course prepares you to develop and grow your clinical career to prepare you for senior clinical leadership appointments in variable healthcare settings. For example:

  • appointments as principal clinical pharmacist
  • clinical pharmacy lead within a managed healthcare in hospital or primary care
  • clinical pharmacist independent prescriber within a speciality with your own clinical caseload


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Working in pharmacovigilance is highly competitive and challenging. There is a growing need for qualified professionals for the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory authorities and academia. Read more

Working in pharmacovigilance is highly competitive and challenging. There is a growing need for qualified professionals for the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory authorities and academia. The DSRU has developed accredited postgraduate awards in pharmacovigilance in association with the University of Portsmouth. You will learn from one of the leading pharmacovigilance training providers in Europe, with an established reputation for academic excellence, providing you with an industry recognised qualification.

Key Features of our Flexible Study Programme

Three accredited postgraduate awards in pharmacovigilance are available

  • PgC – Three compulsory units with a further unit chosen from nine optional units (60 credits)
  • PgD – Three compulsory units plus five from nine optional units (120 credits)
  • MSc – Completion of the PgD plus MSc research project (180 credits)

Compulsory units:

Back to Basics in Pharmacovigilance (15 credits)

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology (15 credits)

Medical Aspects of Adverse Drug Reactions (15 credits)

  • Optional units can be selected from our list of short courses (excluding Conferences and Masterclasses). (15 credits each)
  • Minimal time away from workplace: Choose between ‘Fast-track‘ registration (4 units in 12 months, 60 credits) or ‘Standard‘ registration (2 units in 12 months, 30 credits)
  • Short, in-person, taught courses are supplemented with pre and post-course assignments which can be completed and submitted remotely (access to virtual learning environment)
  • Expert lecturers in the field from industry, academia and regulatory

Delegates who have attended a relevant DSRU course in the last two years may count that course towards the PgC or PgD, by completing the necessary coursework. Prior learning, certified or experiential, can also count as credits towards the PgD and MSc awards.

Registration

For an informal discussion about applying for the course, requesting a registration form or just for more information please contact Fiona Snelling, Education & Training Manager, , or telephone 023 8040 8621.

Professional Recognition

All courses are accredited by PharmaTrain, meeting their high standards of postgraduate education in medicine development.

Recognised provider of Postgraduate Qualifications by PIPA, Pharmaceutical Information & Pharmacovigilance Association



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MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HEALTH CARE. Do you see yourself in a future career as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher? Working for academia, (non)governmental public health organisations or human or veterinary medicine or industry?. Read more

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HEALTH CARE

Do you see yourself in a future career as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher? Working for academia, (non)governmental public health organisations or human or veterinary medicine or industry?

This Master’s programme is an excellent opportunity for you if you have a strong interest in applied medical or biomedical research, as well as human or veterinary medicine. In the Epidemiology programme you will examine the distribution and determinants of health and morbidity in specific populations. With evidence-based medicine setting new standards, specialists are needed for the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and health research. This scientific discipline is increasingly in demand in clinical research, industry and policymaking.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

In the Epidemiology programme you will learn to operate as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher. You can choose your specialization such as Clinical Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Medical Statistics, Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology or Veterinary Epidemiology. During the programme, you will explore the field of epidemiology through six months of intensive coursework. This includes basic epidemiological and statistical courses as well as advanced courses in your chosen specialization. You will also have the opportunity to enhance and broaden your knowledge through additional topic-specific courses, such as Genetic Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Epidemiology.

Compared to most other Master’s programmes in Epidemiology in the Netherlands, in Utrecht we offer a true research Master's, preparing you for a career in research. Our practical approach of epidemiological research design, starting from the clinical question instead of a theoretical approach is unique in the Netherlands as well as internationally. You’ll be studying and working at the Utrecht University, the UMC Utrecht and the Julius Center, which is one of the most prestigious institutions world-wide in the field of clinical epidemiology and unique in its diversity. Epidemiology has intensive collaboration with research institutes throughout the world, allowing you to do your internship abroad. The Master’s programme in Epidemiology is also offered on postgraduate level. This postgraduate programme in Epidemiology is offered face-to-face and online so students, in various stages of their careers, can opt for a suitable study programme.

CAREER IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiological research is increasingly asked for in clinical research, industry and policymaking, due to major changes in public health, health care systems, global demographic and economic trends.

The Epidemiology Master’s programme prepares students for a subsequent PhD programme or for a career as epidemiologist in settings such as academia, (non)governmental public health organisations, human or veterinary medicine or industry, including pharmaceuticals.



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Pharmaceutical Science is a relatively new discipline and is concerned with fostering a multi-disciplinary approach towards the study of exciting new developments in the chemical, biological and biomedical science areas focusing upon the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, methods of analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances. Read more

Pharmaceutical Science is a relatively new discipline and is concerned with fostering a multi-disciplinary approach towards the study of exciting new developments in the chemical, biological and biomedical science areas focusing upon the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, methods of analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances. The course aims to produce high quality pharmaceutical science graduates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.

The course provides two routes, leading to a named award in Pharmaceutical Science, appropriate for students already in, or planning a career in the Pharmaceutical Sciences profession. The route options are:

  • Drug Design and Discovery

What happens on the course?

Your modules will include:

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Sources of Drugs and Drug Actions
  • Strategies and Methods in Drug Discovery, Design and Development
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Research Project

Why Wolverhampton?

The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in the basic principles of Pharmaceutical Science and will equip you with the skills necessary for successful postgraduate study. Pharmaceutical science is well established at Wolverhampton and benefits from a long tradition of teaching and research in the chemical and biological sciences. This course gives students an excellent opportunity to study core science as well as the modern developments that are occurring at the boundaries between biology, chemistry and clinical practice.

Career path

The Pharmaceutical Science course is attractive if you are seeking an academic research career and/or wish to make yourself highly employable as a pharmaceutical scientist, enabling you to specialize in the key area of pharmacological sciences.

What skills will you gain?

Specialist modules offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge in key and emerging areas of Pharmaceutical Science, focussing on Pharmacological Sciences.



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This Masters in Medicine course is offered to medical graduates in training who wish to develop their research skills, broaden their research interests, and develop advanced knowledge in selected areas of clinical and scientific practice. Read more
This Masters in Medicine course is offered to medical graduates in training who wish to develop their research skills, broaden their research interests, and develop advanced knowledge in selected areas of clinical and scientific practice. The course syllabus and curriculum have been developed following consultation with medical trainees in Ireland in order to ensure that the course fulfills their needs in terms of higher medical training at national and international level. The aim of the course is to provide advanced training in key domains of excellence relevant to modern medical practice for all students while also providing specialist knowledge relevant to their individual chosen career pathways.

Students will be required to complete twelve taught modules (5 ECTS each) as follows:

Six core modules (in year 1):

Professional and Ethical Practice of Medicine,
Research Skills I,
Research Skills II,
Health Services Management,
Health Informatics,
Patient Safety for Clinical Specialists.

Six optional modules (year 2) from either Molecular and Translational Medicine (strand A):

Cellular Biology and Cell signalling Mechanisms,
Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Biology,
Molecular oncology,
Molecular Mechanisms of Human disease I and II, and
laboratory skills for clinical specialists

or Population Health and Health Implementation (Strand B):

Public Health for Clinical Specialists,
Global Health for Clinical Specialists,
Rehabilitation Medicine for Clinical Specialists,
Teaching and Learning for Clinical Specialists,
Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology, and Drug Safety 56

Students will also be required to submit a dissertation (30 ECTS) based on an original research/ laboratory-based project at the end of the second year.

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