Today more than ever, quantitative skills form an essential basis for successful careers in ecology, conservation, and animal and human health. This Masters programme provides specific training in data collection, modelling and statistical analyses as well as generic research skills. It is offered by the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM), a grouping of top researchers who focus on combining field data with computational and genetic approaches to solve applied problems in epidemiology and conservation.
The programme provides a strong grounding in scientific writing and communication, statistical analysis, and experimental design. It is designed for flexibility, to enable you to customise a portfolio of courses suited to your particular interests.
You can choose from a range of specialised options that encompass key skills in
A total of 180 credits are required, with 50 flexible credits in the second term. See the accompanying detailed course descriptions found in the IBAHCM Masters Programme Overview. When selecting options, please email the relevant course coordinator as well as registering using MyCampus.
You will gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects that will enhance your selection chances for competitive PhD programmes. In addition to academic options, career opportunities include roles in zoos, environmental consultancies, government agencies, ecotourism and conservation biology, and veterinary or public health epidemiology.
Our distance learning MSc Evidence-Based Health Care course is relevant for healthcare professionals and health scientists from all fields of healthcare, and will enable you to interpret and communicate research evidence as applied to a variety of settings.
You will specifically focus on the design and conduct of systematic reviews and the development and application of evidence-based guidelines into practice.
This course will help clinicians to provide optimal patient care and provides a sound basis for health science researchers to progress to doctoral study. The content has been designed by international leaders in the field of evidence-based healthcare.
In addition, the course allows you to study flexibly in your own time and is integrated with our Master of Public Health and Master of Dental Public Health courses.
An optional two-day face-to-face residential course is offered to first year students at the start of their studies. Attendance is not mandatory, but the event provides a helpful introduction to the course, tutors and to fellow students. All the induction materials from this event are made available online.
This course aims to give students an understanding of the process of systematic reviews and guideline development and implementation.
For those taking the PGDip and MSc courses, you will also learn how to critically interpret systematic reviews and apply the findings in healthcare settings by developing and implementing evidence-based guidelines.
MSc students will also be trained in evidence synthesis process to enable you to conduct most aspects of a systematic review.
The dissertation will be either a systematic review, development of guidelines, an assessment of the use of guidelines in practice or the development of an intervention to support the translation of guidelines into practice. For students who receive a distinction for a dissertation that is a systematic review, there will be an option to support the publication of the review where appropriate.
All of the course content is delivered through Blackboard, our online learning platform, and includes articles, videos, discussion boards and reflective learning logs.
The assessment of each unit is by assignment. Each unit will usually have two assignments, a mid-term assessment and a final assessment.
While the word count for these varies between 1,000 and 4,000 words, typically assignments will be around 2,000 words each, with mid-term assignment making up 50% of the final unit grade and the final assignment making up the remaining 50%.
Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.
The dissertation should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.
The MSc is made up of eight units and a dissertation. Five of the units are compulsory for the MSc and PGDip:
The remaining three units can be chosen from an extensive list in consultation with the programme director.
This course is delivered through online distance learning. You will have normal access to online library facilities.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Individual units are available for CPD. See the Evidence-Based Health Care CPD units page for more information.
This course will equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to identify and use evidence in practice. It will also provide a sound basis for health science researchers to progress to doctoral study.
The Master of Research (MRes) programme in Ecology and Environmental Biology provides research training for students wishing to enter a PhD programme or seeking a career in ecological science.
This programme consists of a taught component, and a laboratory or field based research project. The taught component consists of core research skills and specialist options in analytical and sampling techniques. The main part of the degree is devoted to experience of research techniques. You will carry out an extended research project chosen to reflect your interests and the skills you wish to acquire.
A total of 180 credits are required, with 30 flexible credits in the first term. See the accompanying detailed course descriptions found in the IBAHCM Masters Programme Overview. When selecting options, please email the relevant course coordinator as well as registering using MyCampus.
Key Research Skills (scientific writing, introduction to R, introduction to linear models; advanced linear models, experimental design). Coursework – 60%; scientific report – 40%
The programme will provide an excellent training for those who wish to apply for a PhD programme or enter ecological consultancy or conservation sectors. It also serves as an excellent introduction to research in the UK for overseas students.