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Course content

Course overview

  • Learn how to interpret and communicate research evidence as applied to a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Develop skills in designing and conducting systematic reviews.
  • Study when it suits you through distance learning on a full or part-time basis.
  • Open up a career in health science research if you undertake a PhD after completing this course.
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for dentistry, and 9th in the UK and in the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits and £1,900 for dissertation 
  • International students (per annum): £1,850 per 15 credits and £3,700 for dissertation


Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2018 or are graduating in 2019;
  • hold a first class honours degree; 
  • have home or overseas fee status; 
  • are applying for full- or part-time study; 
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with minimum: Listening 18; Writing 20; Reading 18 and Speaking 20)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

You can apply for this course by completing our online application form . See the Application and selection section for details of the supporting documents that we require with your completed form.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years;
  • copies of official degree certificates (with official translations if not in English);
  • copies of official undergraduate/postgraduate transcripts;
  • a personal statement of approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role;
  • a CV;
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Teaching and learning

All of the course content is delivered through Blackboard, our online learning platform, and includes articles, videos, discussion boards and reflective learning logs.

Coursework and assessment

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.

Course unit details

The MSc is made up of eight units and a dissertation. Five of the units are compulsory for the MSc and PGDip:

  • Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews;
  • Guideline Development and Implementation;
  • Evidence-based Practice; 
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology;
  • Biostatistics.

The remaining three units can be chosen from an extensive list in consultation with the programme director, current optional modules include:

  • Oral Health & Disease in Populations
  • Implementing Strategy in Dental Services
  • Health Promotion Theory & Methods
  • Working with Communities
  • Health Economics
  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Global Health into the 21st Century
  • Global Health in the 21st Century
  • Global Women's Public Health
  • Primary Health CareQualitative Research Methods
  • Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience
  • Impact, Information and Evaluation
  • Implementation Sciences
  • Health Services Management
  • Intercultural Public Health

CPD opportunities

We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please see the Evidence-Based Health Care CPD units page for more information.

Career opportunities

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.

Visit the MSc Evidence-Based Health Care page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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