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Eu2P training programme FAQ

Is Eu2P training in pharmacovigilance or in pharmacoepidemiology? Or perhaps both together?

Eu2P provides training in both pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology involving seven universities through seven domains according to their respective expertise.

Eu2P pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology academic expertise
Basics for pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology Université de Bordeaux
Benefit assessment of medicines Fundació Institut Catalá de Farmacologia - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Medicines pharmacovigilance and regulatory aspects University of Hertfordshire
Medicines risk identification and quantification Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam
Medicines benefit-risk assessment Universiteit Utrecht
Medicines and public health Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Karolinska Institutet
Medicines risk communication Université de Bordeaux
Universita di Verona

What are "ECTS credits"?

ECTS credits means European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits.

This is a European academic standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union. For successfully completed trainings, ECTS credits are validated with the view of obtaining qualification (e.g. the Eu2P Master diploma needs to validate 120 ECTS credits to be awarded).

In Eu2P, one ECTS credit represents 25 hours of trainee workload.

How does the e-learning platform work?

The Eu2P e-learning platform offers to trainees to:

  • Access to training resources (course content, documents, tests, work assignments, revising ressources such as recorded video lessons)
  • Attend training sessions (web meeting, chat or voice over IP conference)
  • Share training contents with trainers (work assignments) and other trainees (group work)
  • Interact with trainers and trainees (forum, chat, conference meeting)
  • Check their personal progression and test scores
  • Be informed about course events
  • Give feedback about courses
  • Get support from the e-learning platform team

What is the required equipment?

For effective functioning of any e-learning course, the minimal IT requirements are:


Hardware requirements

PC, Mac minimum hardware configuration
Processor Intel I3, AMD A4 or equivalent
RAM 1 Gb
Hard drive disc 100 MB free space
External media Headset + Microphone (recommended for web conferencing)
Alternatively Speakers + Microphone
Webcam

Internet requirements

High Speed Broadband Internet access (LAN, DSL and Cable internet) is mandatory.


Software requirements

Operating System must be updated to the last stable version:

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS 10.6.8 or higher
  • Ubuntu 14.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, OpenSuse 13.1 or higher (no Linux support for Adobe Connect Add-in)
  • IOS 7.1.2 or higher, Android 4.1 or higher

A recent (last version is highly recommanded) web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer / Edge, Mozzila Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Opera) with the following configuration:

An office software suite (e.g. MS Office, iWork (Keynote / Pages / Numbers), OpenOffice) with a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program.

An active anti-virus software with up-to-date virus database.

How can I perform a training if I do not have the requested software?

Specific software may be required for trainees to achieve their assigned work. Such software will either be shared by Eu2P or provided for free.

The Eu2P e-learning platform team is working on a possible solution to share software accessible on web and on trainees' computers requested for a training. Such access could be given with the Eu2P videoconference tool that allows sharing the trainer's and trainees' computer screens. All the trainees software needs will be checked and anticipated before starting the training.

Who are the Eu2P teachers?

Teachers are the ones from the seven universities involved in the Eu2P programme according to their field of expertise. Lecturers also come from the Eu2P associated members, i.e. from pharmaceutical companies or regulatory agencies.

Some external lecturers may be invited for special lectures and seminars.

Their list is published on each Module description page in this website and on the e-learning platform training areas.

How is teaching support for trainees organised on e-learning platform?

The teaching support gathers tutors and facilitators appointed in each module to help trainees with their personal work, answer to questions on forums or organise chats with a group of trainees on a particular point of the programme.

Master programme FAQ

What is the duration of the full Eu2P Master?

The standard duration of the Eu2P Master is two academic years. Each year of the Master programme runs from September, Year n to July, Year n+1.

How many ECTS credits do I need to validate to obtain the full Eu2P Master?

The Eu2P Master is a degree of 120 ECTS credits delivered over two years.
Each of the two years of the Master consists in 60 ECTS credits be validated as follows:

  • 30 ECTS credits are obtained through theoretical training validation
  • 30 ECTS credits are obtained through practical training validation by performing a research project

Please consult Master overview.

Can I study on a part-time basis?

Yes, you can follow each year of the Master programme on a part-time basis, thus complete each master year programme in two years.

Can I study and work at the same time?

Yes, the e-learning format and the possibility to complete your programme on a part-time basis allow you to study and work at the same time. For the research project placement, you may be able to do it at your own employer's premises.

How are the Master Courses organised?

The Master Year 1 programme consists in:

  • Eight theoretical basic modules
  • One practical research project

Please consult Master Year 1 overview.


The Master Year 2 programme consists in:

  • Six mandatory theoretical modules +
    Either a specialization track of two complementary modules and two additional complementary modules
    Or additional complementary modules up-to 30 credits of theoretical training
  • One practical research project

Please consult Master Year 2 overview.

Do I need to live near one of the seven universities involved in Eu2P?

No, you don't need to live near a Eu2P university partner as training, including tutored sessions, is delivered on-line.

How is organised the Eu2P Master yearly fresher's week? What is the content?

The fresher week is a face-to-face week to have the opportunity to meet all Eu2P trainees and main lecturers.

Especially, the fresher week allows to introduce the trainees with the main lines of the programme and with the use of the e-learning platform. Each domain lecturers' team is able to give face-to-face lectures for about half a day. The European location chosen for the fresher week may be different each year.

What are the different types and levels of Master specialisations?

There are five different tracks of specialization offered within the second year of the Eu2P Master:

  • Benefit assessment of medicines
  • Medicines risk identification and quantification
  • Medicines benefit-risk assessment
  • Medicines and public health
  • Medicines risk communication

Each specialization gathers modules at the intermediate and advanced level.

A sixth track 6 entitled "à la carte" is possible for trainees that would like to get a general knowledge in all Master specializations.

How is the Master assessed?

The Eu2P Master assessment process encompasses grade-based and pass / fail assessment and a research project defence for each year of study.

All module-specific assessment and, research project report and oral presentation are conducted in English.

The modules assessment session consists in the evaluation of the trainee progress through homework, e-assessment, oral exam and/or distant table exam depending on the module coordinators' rules.

The grade for each module assessment determined by the respective module coordinator is then converted into the Eu2P common ECTS grading system.

In order to validate the Master Year 1 curriculum, the Trainee has to pass all Modules s/he was registered in under the following conditions:

  • Need to be successful in each Module assessment i.e. obtain a minimum of "pass"
  • No compensation between Modules
  • The trainee has to obtain a minimum average grade of "pass" for the research project assessment (cf. Research Project Assessment hereunder)

The Trainee has satisfied the requirements for the Eu2P Master Year 1 assessment process when s/he has obtained a pass in theoretical and practical training assessments.
The successful first year Trainee is then allowed to enter the second year of the Master.

In order to validate the Master Year 2 curriculum, The Trainee has to pass all Modules s/he was registered in, under the following conditions:

  • Mandatory Modules i.e. the first six mandatory theoretical modules and the modules chosen by the Trainee according to the selected track: need to be successful in each mandatory Module assessment i.e. obtain a minimum of "pass" - no compensation between mandatory Modules
  • Complementary Modules i.e. the remaining theoretical modules chosen by the Trainee: need to be successful in each Module assessment i.e. obtain a minimum of "pass" - no compensation between complementary Modules
  • The trainee needs to obtain a minimum average grade of "pass" for the research project assessment (cf. Research Project Assessment hereunder)

The Trainee has satisfied the requirements for the Eu2P Master Year 2 assessment process when s/he has obtained a pass in theoretical and practical training assessments.

How is the research project organised?

The trainees select a subject matter and work independently with the guidance of the host organisation supervisor and, of an academic supervisor belonging to the related Domain team. If you are employed, you can do the research project on your employer's premises.

The workload mainly consists of performing research, analysis and development on the chosen subject. The methods and results of the research project lead to a written report that also has to be defended orally. Overall, the workload of the research project represents about 750 hours of effective individual work on a sandwich-course format and at least runs from January to June.

How is the research project assessed?

The research project assessment grade is the average grade of the three following compensable grades:

  • One grade relates to the research project written report. This grade weights 50% of the global research project grade.
  • One grade relates to the research project oral defence. This grade weights 30% of the global research project grade.
  • One grade relates to the overall research project appraisal given by the host organisation supervisor. This grade weights 20% of the global research project grade.

What is the final Eu2P Master diploma?

Eu2P delivers a joint Master degree called: "Master in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology".

This Eu2P Master is based on local national pre-existing Masters in the different universities of Eu2P.
The Eu2P Master is fully recognised by all Eu2P academic, industry and regulatory partners and has the same academic value of any other national Master degree.

Is there specific application criteria for the Eu2P Master?

To apply to the Eu2P Master you must provide:

  • A proof that you hold a Bachelor or an equivalence in Health or Life sciences
  • A personal statement letter of motivation to participate in the Eu2P Master

What happens if I don't hold a Bachelor yet when applying for Master Year 1 programme?

The Education Board will examine your file and if you are selected, such decision will be conditional upon your success in your current Bachelor final examination.

What are the additional specific criteria if I apply to second year of the Master ?

To directly apply to the second year of Eu2P Master you must provide:

  • A proof that you hold a Master Year 1 level or an equivalent certified level in Health or Life sciences including credits in basic pharmacology and basic epidemiology/biostatistics.
    OR
    if you are employed: a graduate level in Health or Life sciences and 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • A personal statement letter of motivation to participate in the Eu2P Master, including a research project proposal (identifying a precise topic and possibly a host institution)

What happens if I don't hold a Master Year 1 level yet when applying for Master Year 2 programme?

The Education Board will examine your file and if you are selected, such decision will be conditional upon your success in your current Master Year 1 final examination.

Certificate programme FAQ

Which are the types and the workload of certificates delivered by Eu2P?

Eu2P delivers two types of Certificates:

  • One standard Certificate training runs over 9 weeks and corresponds to a trainee workload of one day a week followed by a short assessment session. It corresponds to a module belonging to a Domain specialization, which can be followed at the introductory, intermediate or advanced level.
    The standard Certificate training is 3 ECTS credits long.
  • One extended Certificate training runs over 18 weeks and corresponds to a trainee workload of one day a week followed by a short assessment session. It corresponds to a module belonging to a Domain specialization, which can be followed at the introductory, intermediate or advanced level. The module duration is two-fold longer as the one of the standard module duration.
    The extended Certificate training is 6 ECTS credits long.

How are the Certificate Courses organised?

You can choose on-line training among our 27 certificates modules ranging from introductory to advanced level in one of the seven following Eu2P domains:

  • Basics for pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology
  • Benefit assessment of medicines
  • Medicines pharmacovigilance and regulatory aspects
  • Medicines risk identification and quantification
  • Medicines benefit-risk assessment
  • Medicines and public health
  • Medicines risk communication

How are the Certificates modules assessed?

The Eu2P Certificate(s) assessment process encompasses grade-based and pass / fail assessment in the corresponding Module(s).
All assessments are conducted in English.
The grade for each Eu2P module assessment determined by the respective module coordinator is then converted into the Eu2P common ECTS grading system.

The trainees having successfully completed the requirements for each Eu2P Certificate assessment shall be awarded a joint Certificate degree with specific reference to the number of ECTS credits being validated by the Eu2P Academic Partners.

How is the Eu2P certificate recognised?

Eu2P delivers a joint Certificate degree called "Certificate in [course Domain name] + [course Module name]" with the number of ECTS credits validated.
The Eu2P Certificates are fully recognised by all Eu2P academic, industry and regulatory partners and have the same academic value of any other national Certificate.

What are the additional specific criteria if I apply to a Eu2P certificate?

To apply to a Eu2P certificate you must provide a proof that you hold a Bachelor or equivalence in Health or Life sciences except for the modules related to "Medicines risk communication".
Depending on the certificate you want apply to, some additional pre-requisites can be required.

Please consult the Eu2P certificates catalogue.

What are the additional specific criteria if I apply to a Eu2P certificate in Medicines risk communication?

There is no minimal academic level to apply to a Eu2P certificate in risk communication at the introductory level. Once you have been trained at the introductory level, you can apply to the Eu2P certificates in risk communication at the intermediate then advanced levels.

Job opportunities FAQ

What are the job opportunities?

If you are directly involved in the process of medicines development,
being qualified by Eu2P enables you answering the academic, industry and regulatory needs of skilled persons in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology, especially trained in risk-benefit assessment, risk management plan elaboration, risk minimisation and risk communication.
The high level of training collaboration between the seven universities of Eu2P as well as the involvement of many professional experts from all over Europe will ease your professional integration at the European, even international level.

If you are not directly involved in the process of medicines development (journalists, venture capitalists, members of ethics committees, healthcare providers, patient organizations or politicians for instance),
by following one of our medicines risk communication modules, you will be provided with sufficient understanding of the processes involved in risk determination and its communication.

Please consult the Eu2P training guide.

Diplomas awards FAQ

What is the final Eu2P Master diploma?

Eu2P delivers a joint Master degree called: "Master in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology".

This Eu2P Master is based on local national pre-existing Masters in the different universities of Eu2P.
The Eu2P Master is fully recognised by all Eu2P academic, industry and regulatory partners and has the same academic value of any other national Master degree.

How is the Eu2P certificate recognised?

Eu2P delivers a joint Certificate degree called "Certificate in [course Domain name] + [course Module name]" with the number of ECTS credits validated.
The Eu2P Certificates are fully recognised by all Eu2P academic, industry and regulatory partners and have the same academic value of any other national Certificate.

What is the grading system adopted by Eu2P ?

Grades are then converted into the Eu2P ECTS grading system according to the following table approved each year by the Eu2P Education Board.

Common Eu2P grading table
Eu2P grades translation French marks English marks Dutch marks Spanish marks Italian marks
A+ Excellent 16 - 20 80 - 100 8,5 - 10 8 - 10 29-30 lode
A Very good 14 - 15,9 70 - 79 7,5 - 8,4 7- 7,9 27 - 28
B Good 12 - 13,9 60 - 69 7 - 7,4 5,6 - 6,9 23 - 26
C Pass 10 - 11,9 50 - 59 5,5 - 6,9 5 - 5,5 18 - 22
F Fail 0 - 9,9 0 - 49 0 - 5,4 0 - 4,9 0 - 17

Application process FAQ

How to apply?

Eu2P application process must be completed on-line. You are asked to upload all the needed documents within the on-line application.
If you can not upload needed documents, please print your on-line application fully completed and send it by post mail with the copy of all the needed documents to the following address:

Eu2P Central Office
Université de Bordeaux
146 rue Léo Saignat
Case 36
33076 Bordeaux cedex
FRANCE

Send an online message to the Eu2P Central Office
What are the needed documents?
Identity proof One of the following
  • - Certified true copy of original birth certificate
  • - Certified true copy of identity card
  • - Certified true copy of passport
Education proof For applicants holding their degree:
  • - A certified true copy of each of your university diploma together with a translation into English
For applicants in their last year of study before obtaining a recognized degree:
  • - An original or a certified true copy of each of your certificate of attendance together with a translation into English
English level proof
(if applicable)
A copy of your English certificate
Letter For all applicants, a personal statement letter of motivation

When do the training programmes' application and selection processes start?

The Master programme application starts usually between January and February of each year
Please consult the Master programme overview.

The Certificate programme application runs along the year depending on the modules offer.
Please consult the Eu2P certificates catalogue.

Key dates for application, selection and programme are published on the respective programme description pages.

Am I obliged to have an English certificate to apply? How is the English level assessed?

Courses are taught and assessed in English. All students need to have a good knowledge of English.

  • If you are not a native speaker of English, you must prove your English proficiency by uploading in your on-line application your score from one of the internationally recognized English testing systems (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC)
  • If you don't hold any English language certification, you may also prove your proficiency if you lived and/or worked several years in English-spoken environment, studied in university with English as the teaching language, etc. Then a certificate stating this, issued by an official representative of your university or of your employer is accepted instead of an English test.
  • If you don't hold any English language certification or you don't have a studying /working experience in English when filing your on-line application, please proceed to your self-assessment by creating your own Europass Language Passport. You should get a B2 level.
  • In the last resort, we may ask you to undergo a (distant) test in English.

How to certify/translate a document?

The original documents required should be legally recognized as follows:

  • Make a copy of the original documents
  • Bring the copies and original documents to one of the following institution: public notary, embassy, consulate, official translator, administrative department of the applicant university
  • Then, the institution must stamp or sign the copies

Is there specific application criteria for the Eu2P Master?

To apply to the Eu2P Master you must provide:

  • A proof that you hold a Bachelor or an equivalence in Health or Life sciences
  • A personal statement letter of motivation to participate in the Eu2P Master

What are the additional specific criteria if I apply to second year of the Master ?

To directly apply to the second year of Eu2P Master you must provide:

  • A proof that you hold a Master Year 1 level or an equivalent certified level in Health or Life sciences including credits in basic pharmacology and basic epidemiology/biostatistics.
    OR
    if you are employed: a graduate level in Health or Life sciences and 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • A personal statement letter of motivation to participate in the Eu2P Master, including a research project proposal (identifying a precise topic and possibly a host institution)

Is there an age limit for applying to Eu2P training programmes?

There is no age limit. You can apply at any age provided you meet Eu2P pre-requisites for the training you are interested in.

Does the Master programme accept international students?

Eu2P programme is open to anyone regardless of nationality. Applications from all over Europe and outside Europe are most welcome.

Important:
Eu2P course live sessions such as webmeeting, chat or conference call as well as possible Master programme face-to-face meetings will be held within the Central European Time (CET = UTC+1) or, when applicable, Central European Summer Time (CEST = UTC+2) day period. The Eu2P office and the trainer team are organizing a schedule to comply with all trainees time zone. In case of non-attendance for justified reasons, please note that all the live sessions are recorded then accessible on the e-learning platform.

What are the additional specific criteria if I apply to a Eu2P certificate?

To apply to a Eu2P certificate you must provide a proof that you hold a Bachelor or equivalence in Health or Life sciences except for the modules related to "Medicines risk communication".
Depending on the certificate you want apply to, some additional pre-requisites can be required.

Please consult the Eu2P certificates catalogue.

What are the additional specific criteria if I apply to a Eu2P certificate in Medicines risk communication?

There is no minimal academic level to apply to a Eu2P certificate in risk communication at the introductory level. Once you have been trained at the introductory level, you can apply to the Eu2P certificates in risk communication at the intermediate then advanced levels.

Do I need to provide a letter of motivation?

Yes you must provide a personal statement letter of motivation when you apply to the Eu2P Master or the second year of the Master.

Selection process FAQ

What are the general pre-requisites?

  • Be fluent in English
  • Be familiar with computer use and have internet access
  • Submit a complete on-line application, together with all supporting documentation

What happens if I don't hold a Bachelor yet when applying for Master Year 1 programme?

The Education Board will examine your file and if you are selected, such decision will be conditional upon your success in your current Bachelor final examination.

What happens if I don't hold a Master Year 1 level yet when applying for Master Year 2 programme?

The Education Board will examine your file and if you are selected, such decision will be conditional upon your success in your current Master Year 1 final examination.

Fees FAQ

What are the tuition fees?

Tuition fees cover the costs generated by staff and universities to provide course content update and delivery and, e-learning platform daily access and use. They serve to provide a comfortable trainee learning experience.

  • These fees especially include all the following services:
  • Registration in all Eu2P awarding universities
  • Enrolment in all the modules corresponding to the chosen programme and access to related educational resources
  • Unlimited access to library, document centres and related services
  • Examination, diploma and certificate + re-examination when allowed

  • Important:
    These fees do not include costs relating to accommodation, food, international travel, travel on site or insurance.

The amount of tuition fees depends on the type of Eu2P programme you want to register to and your applicant status (Student or Professional).

The tuition fees are calculated in Euros and indicated in the programme description pages (please consult them for current prices and further details).

How do I know if I am a student or a professional?

  • You are considered as student if
  • you have been enrolled in an academic programme no later than in the last two years preceding your application to Eu2P
  • and
  • you are not engaged in a full-time professional occupation
  • You are considered as professional if
  • you are engaged in a full-time professional occupation

Are there any Eu2P savings for the tuition fees?

Eu2P offers several types of savings:

  • The Eu2P Reward Programme that rewards regular applicants for strengthening Eu2P community
  • The promotional saving that offers savings on a given period for a given certificate
  • The Regular saving that is reserved to Eu2P partnership members

Grants FAQ

Are there any Eu2P grants?

Eu2P offers a limited number of grants to Master and PhD applicants to cover partial Master and PhD tuition fees.
During your on-line Master or PhD application, you will be asked if you wish to apply to a grant.

The grant application process is completed only once your application is validated by the Eu2P Education Board.

  • This process is based on the appraisal of the applicant's status regarding:
  • Academic performance
  • Professional ambition and environment
  • Personal situation
  • Any special and financial circumstances that may affect his/her Eu2P training performance

What are the grant application pre-requisites?

  • Your application shall have been selected as eligible for registration by the Education Board
  • You should fill the Master or PhD grant application file sent by the Eu2P Central Office
  • You must provide two reference letters

Other miscellaneous FAQ

Is there an Alumni Association?

Yes, once registered as Eu2P trainee, you are invited to be part of the "Eu2P Alumni" group on LinkedIn.
Eu2P intends to set up an Alumni Association for all Eu2P trainees in 2012.

Do I need a visa to study in Europe and how to get it?

Depending on your nationality and the duration of your stay in Europe, you may be concerned by one of the two following visas:

Short-stay visas (less than 90 days) for trainees coming from outside the Schengen area
The new European visa code sets forth uniform rules for short-stay visas in the Schengen area. Uniform visas valid throughout the Schengen area permit stays of up to 3 months within a given 6-month period. Short-stay visas are issued at no charge to elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students (and accompanying teachers) on study tours or other educational programs.
You need to fill in a form and present yourself at the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you would like to stay.

Extended-stay student visa, with residency permit for trainees coming from outside the Schengen area
Depending on the location of your research project placement, you may need an extended-stay student visa and in such case, you are required to apply for a long stay visa prior to leaving. The Long Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit, named VLS-TS, applies to all international students wishing to enrol in a European institution of higher education and to stay in Europe for that purpose. Applications should be made at the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you would like to stay. You should always start these procedures well in advance of your planned visit another country.


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Are Eu2P trainees covered by an insurance scheme?

There is no insurance scheme provided by Eu2P: you must provide a proof of insurance policy to cover medical expenses, maternity, illness or death, transportation back to the applicant home country in case of a serious accident, as well as to cover any consequence of civil liability.

What happens in case of a trainee complaint?

Depending on the type of complaint, the trainee should address the complaint as follows:

  • Complaint by a Eu2P trainee relating to the trainee's selection and the overall organisation of the training is handled by the Programme Examination Board
  • Complaints by a Eu2P trainee relating to a specific training module is treated by the related module coordinator according to his/her local university regulations
  • Complaint by a Eu2P trainee relating to the trainee's assessment will be handled by the Education Board

Details are given in the Eu2P Regulations.


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