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The Evidence Based Healthcare MSc is designed to facilitate optimal patient care. Students create and compile the best available evidence for individual aspects of patient care, and on completion of the programme will independently be able to carry out systematic reviews to determine best practice.

About this degree

Delivered entirely online, students develop the ability to understand the different types of study designs, locate healthcare information and determine its importance, detect and quantify errors in research, systematically review interventions through identification and analysis of all prior research, analyse the reliability of diagnostic tests and disease prognosis, and understand the basic principles of cost-effectiveness analysis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme comprises four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits comprising four core and four optional modules) is offered.

A PG Cert is available in Flexible/Modular mode only, and for a maximum duration of two years. This programme is 60 credits in total (three core modules and one optional module).

Core modules

  • Evaluating the Quality of Evidence-Based Healthcare*
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare*
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)*
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2)

*PG Cert students take modules indicated above as core and in addition choose one of the optional modules below.

Optional modules include

  • Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
  • Evidence Based Pre-Clinical Research
  • Musculoskeletal Research Methodology (Part 1)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
  • Randomised Controlled Trials: Design & Conduct

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project, in the form of a systematic review or a cost-effectiveness analysis, which culminates in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of online lectures, seminars, class discussions, workshops, tutorials, and practical work. Assessment is through written examination, essays and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

Careers

This MSc is ideally suited for medical staff and students, nurses, nurse specialists and physiotherapists and healthcare professionals who want to practice evidence-based healthcare and contribute to local, national, or international guidelines.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is delivered online and contains plenty of practical examples. The written material is supplemented by videos and live online discussions where students will be able to participate interactively. Assessments are mostly practical exercises covering different aspects of evidence-based healthcare. At the end of this programme students will be able to write systematic reviews, formulate guidelines, and have a very good knowledge of clinical research. Students benefit from a world-class research environment at UCL which is one of the top ten universities in the world.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Visit the Evidence-Based Healthcare (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!

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