Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology (Master Year 1), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
The Master year 1 programme is half-composed of theoretical training (course modules) and practical training (research project). Each part shall be successfully completed to granted rights to pursue the second year programme of the Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology (Master Year 1) at Eu2P: European programme in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology.


Each Master trainee must conduct a research project in parallel to the theoretical training along the academic year. This research project can be achieved within an academic, regulatory or private body (see Master Programme FAQ for further details).

Note: If you are employed, you can do the research project on your employer's premises. Evaluation This research project is assessed through three separates assessments:

  • the research project supervisor evaluation
  • the project written report
  • the oral defence of the research project report. This practical training evaluation counts for half of the first year programme grade.

Programme Structure


Basics in epidemiology applied to pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology

  • To understand the basic concepts and principles in epidemiology
  • To become familiar with the epidemiological tools that could be used in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology
  • To understand the specificity of epidemiological tools applied to pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology

Health indices, observational studies, cohort, case-control, causality, bias, drug safety

Basics in statistics applied to pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology

  • To understand applications of probability in statistics
  • To understand how to organize and describe epidemiological data
  • To understand how to perform data estimations, comparisons and predictions
  • To understand how to estimate the sample size and power of epidemiology studies
  • To introduce the principles of multivariable comparisons

Probability, descriptive statistics, statistical tests, confidence interval, regression, drug safety

Tools to do research applied to pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology

  • To become familiar with the different tools that could be used in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology research implementation
  • To become familiar with the principles of scientific communication

Bibliography, redaction, presentation, funding, protocols, e-learning

Basics in clinical pharmacology

  • To understand the role of medicines in therapeutics, health services and society
  • To become familiar with the life cycle of medicines and the regulatory aspects of medicines market
  • To review the clinical and pharmacological basis of prescribing
  • To understand the need to evaluate the effects of medicines from an epidemiological perspective
  • To understand the relevance of unbiased information to ensure the appropriate use of medicines
  • To discuss the need to monitor medicines prescribing process

Clinical pharmacology, epidemiology, clinical trials, efficacy, effectiveness, medicines prescribing, regulation of medicines development and market

Principles of pharmacovigilance

  • To enable trainees to develop an understanding of the principles of pharmacovigilance from the development of the science to its place in pre and post-marketing environment and the roles of various stakeholders within pharmacovigilance.

Introduction, regulations, legislation, principles

Basics in pharmacoepidemiology

  • To understand how to evaluate the effects of medicines and therapeutic interventions both during drug development and clinical use
  • To know the main methodological and ethical characteristics and limitations of randomized clinical trials
  • To understand the differences between efficacy and effectiveness
  • To know the basic concepts and classification of the pharmacoepidemiological studies designed to evaluate therapeutic interventions
  • To identify information gaps in selected therapeutic areas (e.g. cardiovascular, psychiatry, diabetes care)

Pharmacoepidemiology, efficacy, effectiveness, benefit-risk, observational studies, experimental studies, clinical settings, population

Basics in communication applied to pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology

  • To know the basic principles of communication and to gain an insight into the characteristics of effective communication
  • To face to the complexity communication on risk for health
  • To know the evolution of medicine risk communication

Communication, basic principles of risk communication on medicines

Tutored project

This tutored project aims at evaluating the ability of a trainee to work in collaboration with one or several other trainees to design and conceptualize a research project according to the Eu2P tutor instructions within a set deadline.


Each module evaluation may be evaluated through continuous and final assessment. First year trainees obtaining a pass grade in each module validate the theoretical training part of the first year Master programme.

This theoretical training evaluation counts for half of the first year programme grade.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Weekday, Weekend
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

The Master year 1 targets students and professionals with a Bachelor or an equivalence(*) in Health or Life sciences.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be fluent in English (English taught training)
  • be familiar with computer use and have Internet access

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Students: 7000 Euros; Professionals: 12000 Euros

Living costs for Bordeaux

750 - 1,050 EUR/month
Living Costs

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


Eu2P enables scholarship application for Master students.

Attributions of scholarship is based on merit and reasearch interest grounds.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.