Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

Master of Science (MSc)

Program Websites

Program Contacts

Dr. Michael J. Rieder (mrieder@uwo.ca)
Program Director

Robarts Research Institute, Rm 2226

Western University
1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario N6A 3M7

t. 519-931-5777 Ext. 24209
f. 519-931 5789

Olga Krougly (okrougly@uwo.ca)
Graduate Administrator

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Western University
Medical Sciences Rm 216
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-3460

The MSc in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance is a degree awarded to students who successfully complete a one-year course-based program. The program also includes a major research project (MRP) that runs across the year under the supervision of a faculty member. Another requirement of the program will be a placement at a facility at Western University and the London Health Science Centre (LHSC) for full term (practicum). The program is hosted by the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Western Ontario.

Program Length

  • 3 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Project-based

Funding Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee schedules (per term) are posted on the Office of the Registrar's website at http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/fees_refunds/fee_schedules.html

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Admission Requirements

Both health related education and health related experience are important eligibility criteria. We are interested in candidates with the following profiles:

  • Individual who has earned at least a four-year undergraduate degree in a health-related field (from an accredited Canadian university or equivalent).
  • Registered or licensed health practitioner who has earned at least a four-year undergraduate health degree (from an accredited Canadian university or equivalent) and at least two years of healthcare related work experience (i.g., medical residents post PGY2).
  • Professionals from public health sector who has earned at least a four-year undergraduate degree (from an accredited Canadian university or equivalent) and at least two years of work experience in public health or public health policy.
All candidates must also meet the following admission criteria:

  • Must have a minimum average of B+ (78% or higher) on the last 10 full courses or 20 half-courses completed (approximately 2 years of full-time study);
  • Successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course with a 75% (Canadian equivalency) and/or GRE with the last five years is recommended; and
  • Proof of registration or licensure from relevant regulatory organization if applying as a health practitioner.
  • Interviews in person or via teleconference may also be conducted to ensure fit between the student and the rigorous academic program.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency.

Other formal evidence of graduate level proficiency in English (as determined by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) may be considered in lieu of these test scores.