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MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care

Course Description

The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care is run jointly between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine) and the Department for Continuing Education. The teachers and contributors are internationally recognised leaders in the field of evidence-based practice and teaching. The flexible structure of the course has been devised to fit with the structure of specialist training and to accommodate student choice.

Programme details

Students are required to complete two compulsory introductory modules; and then choose four modules to match their learning needs. Students are assessed for each module using coursework designed to integrate new learning with current practice. Students are encouraged to deepen their learning through online learning activities and asynchronous discussion groups.

Students are also required to submit a dissertation which is a major piece of independent work that investigates in depth an aspect of evidence-based practice. Students are encouraged to choose their own topic, in an area that has direct relevance to their professional work.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/msc-in-evidence-based-health-care

Compulsory Modules

• The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Optional Modules (four must be chosen)

• Clinical Trial Management
• Ethics for Biosciences (online)
• Mixed Methods in Health Research
• Knowledge into Action
• Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening
• Introduction to Statistics for Health Researchers (online)
• Systematic Reviews
• Randomized Controlled Trials
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Essential Medical Statistics
• History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Teaching Evidence-Based Practice

Course Aims

The aim of the MSc programme is to help health professionals base their clinical and health management decisions on valid, reliable and relevant evidence, determined by sound scientific research and evaluation.

By the end of the programme students are expected to be able to:
• Find and appraise quantitative and qualitative research evidence critically and efficiently and understand what the results mean in different contexts and for different healthcare decisions.
• Integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse sources, when making both individual patient and health policy decisions in a wide range of situations.
• Be familiar with key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or specialty.
• Work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements in the absence of definitive evidence.
• Work comfortably in unpredictable situations and deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
• Have an understanding of ethical frameworks in health care and be able to apply ethical principles to practical issues.
• Understand health care organisations, their management and the changing context in which they operate
• Be pro-active in recognising the need for change and have the ability to manage change.
• Understand how to work with colleagues to make informed decisions based on evidence and operate effectively in a variety of team roles.
• Provide leadership for evidence-based practice and research.
• Manage projects, people, time and change effectively and efficiently.
• Present and communicate information about research evidence and evidence-based practice clearly in written, electronic and oral forms to a range of audiences.
• Be able to produce a robust research protocol, for a variety of different types of research question, in a format that can be submitted as an application for research funding.
• Be able to play a lead role in the conduct and presentation of research.
• Have an understanding of the ethical issues in health research and research governance.
• Routinely use the principles of reflective practice.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care page on the University of Oxford web site for more details!

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

(Student Profile)


"It was really important to me to find a course which was flexible. I can take a week off from my clinical work, come to Oxford and spend the week studying, and the rest of the course is online. I feel very supported by the forums and I can stay in touch with my colleagues but at the same time I haven’t had to put my clinical career or the rest of my life on hold to be able to do a Master’s"


Oxford scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Key facts :
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The vast majority of Oxford scholarships are awarded to applicants who submit their course application by the January deadline. Oxford scholarships worth over £1,000 are advertised through the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search. You should use this tool to find out whether you are eligible for scholarships which require an additional application. If you are, the tool will include links to full details of how to apply.In order to be considered for some scholarships offered by departments, you need to enter a scholarship reference code in the relevant section of the graduate application form. If this is the case, the code will be provided in the scholarship information given on department websites. When are Oxford scholarships awarded?:
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Value of Scholarship(s)

worth over £1,000


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Further Information


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