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Leading the Way . . . Pharmaceutical Market Research Training Program

Free Research Report DownloadThe Principles of Pharmaceutical Market Research is a comprehensive, rigorous, self-study online training program that teaches the fundamental skills needed to conduct robust and insightful market research. The certificate course is based on the Market Research Core Body of Knowledge (MRCBOK©), an integrated set of learning objectives covering the market research process from beginning to end.


Format: Online

Credits: 22 CEUs

When: Start anytime

Market Research Online Courses This course adapts the Principles of Market Research to the unique requirements of market research in the life sciences industry. Examples include:

  • New drug classes — Attitude/Trial/Usage
  • Research Management and Ethical & legal constraints in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Major market entry
  • Print ad effectiveness study

Endorsed by all major market research industry associations, the course is regularly updated and expanded to reflect new methods and concepts in the market research industry. It offers an engaging learning experience through the liberal use of interactive exercises and continuous feedback throughout. Successful completion earns a Certificate of Program Completion and qualifies graduates for the certification programs of three professional associations worldwide.

Since 1996, more than 9,000 researchers from 104 countries have enrolled, making this the research profession's most valued and widely supported continuing education program.

This course is organized into eleven modules:

  1. Marketing and Its Interface with Market Research
  2. Introduction to Market Research and Planning the Research Process
  3. Research Design
  4. Sampling
  5. Data Collection Methods
  6. Measurement Approaches
  7. Understanding Data Analysis
  8. Advanced Data Analysis
  9. Communicating Research
  10. Global Market Research
  11. Trends in Market Research

It also offers multiple student support mechanisms such as coach-mentors (i.e., industry practitioners), progress self-monitoring tools and self-assessments.

Successful enrollees earn 22 University of Georgia Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in strengthening his or her core skills in pharmaceutical market research (new and mid-level). Experienced practitioners will find it an invaluable continuing education resource, while marketing/product managers and others who interact with the market research function can develop a solid foundation in the discipline.

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Students successfully completing graded components earn 22 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from The University of Georgia. Click for details about the University of Georgia CEU.

Graduates will also earn a Certificate of Program Completion from MRII, MRA, ESOMAR and the University.

As a graduate of the Principles of Pharmaceutical Market Research, you will be recognized by industry associations, employers, peer groups and other professionals as having mastered the core body of knowledge that forms the basis of marketing research. This recognition will help you advance in your company and the industry.

PRC Professional Researcher CertificationGraduates of the Principles of Market Research and Principles of Pharmaceutical Market Research course receive an automatic examination exemption to the PRC (Professional Researcher Certification) program. If you have any questions about PRC, please contact or dial +1-202-800-2545.

Qualified Professional Researcher LogoQualified Professional Researcher: Graduates of the Principles of Market Research and Principles of Pharmaceutical Market Research course (also holding membership to AMSRS (Australia) are eligible for an exemption from sitting the AMSRS QPMR exam. Contact the QPR Manager at 02 9566 3100 or by email at for more details.