Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Pharmacovigilance

Intake dates

4 Jun

June Intake

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3 Sept

September Intake

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7 Jan

January Intake

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Please note that this programme requires attendance at either four (PgC) or eight (PgD and MSc) short courses (2 days) in the UK in person.

Accredited postgraduate awards 

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.

Entry requirements

  • Either a first or second class honours degree in the biosciences, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy or medicine
  • Or a degree equivalent to the above in another subject and a portfolio demonstrating suitability for study on this course
  • Proficiency in English, as demonstrated by an approved test e.g. IELTS score 7.0, if English is not your first language.

Course fees

  • The individual unit fee is ¬£1090 + VAT. A 15% discount on unit fees* is applied when four units are invoiced together for fast-track registration, or two units are invoiced together for standard route registration (see below).


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

pharmatrainprofessionallorgAll 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