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This program provides high-level training in pharmacoepidemiological methods and the social and economic context in which this discipline is practised. It will also allow you to acquire in-depth knowledge in a specific field of research and develop your capacity to critically analyze the use of various research methods in pharmacoepidemiology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences – pharmaco-epidemiology or an equivalent degree.

Applicants with a master in a relevant field such as epidemiology, medicine, pharmacology, psychology, sociology, etc.) may be eligible. 

Applicants who have not taken the required courses in the master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacoepidemiology and who do not have equivalent training will be required to do qualifying coursework up to and including all prerequisite master’s courses in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacoepidemiology (with the exception of PHA-7015 Pharmacoepidemiology Project), for a total of 15 credits.  These courses must be completed with a grade point average higher than 2.67 out of 4.33.

Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.33 or the equivalent. 

Applicants with grade point averages between 2.67 and 2.99 out of 4.33 may also apply. However, admission is not automatic. After analyzing the applicant’s academic and professional record, the program director may accept or reject the application. Conditions for continuing in the program may apply.

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

Applicants who meet one of the following conditions do not have to provide proof of French proficiency:

  • Did their studies in French at the primary and secondary levels.
  • Obtained a diploma of collegial studies (DEC) in French in Québec and passed the ministerial examination of college French (Épreuve uniforme de français).
  • Successfully completed undergraduate studies in French.

If the program director has any doubts when reviewing the student’s application, the applicant may be asked to take an assessment test.

Applicants who do not meet any of these exemption criteria must take the International French Test (TFI). To be admitted to the program, applicants must obtain a score of at least 860 out of 990. 

Applicants must have passed the test less than two years before applying and must submit their score with their application.

English proficiency

Although knowledge of English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in English to successfully complete this program; in many courses, specialized documentation is mainly, if not exclusively, in English. Students who are not proficient enough in English may have difficulty in their studies. Students must have a good understanding of English at the beginning of their studies. 


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Faculty of Pharmacy website giving their fields of research in pharmaceutical sciences- pharmaco-epidemiology. (In French only)