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Evidence-Based Healthcare - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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 consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, eight core modules) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, three core modules and one optional module) is offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
-Evaluating the Quality of Evidence-Based Healthcare*
-Evidence-Based Pre-clinical Research
-Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare*
-Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology (Part 1)
-Performing Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
-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 remaining modules.

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.


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.

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

Entry Requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a healthcare related subject such as nursing, physiotherapy or clinical biochemistry, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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