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Contact details

Mr Kurinchi Gurusamy

Email: k.gurusamy@medsch.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7794 0500

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£11,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Surgery: 75% Cancer, 70% other Hospital-based subjects rated 4* or 3*
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

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

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop the ability to: 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; Understand the basic principles of cost-effectiveness analysis.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.

The Medical School has highly rated basic science expertise within its academic and clinical departments and students on the Evidence Based Healthcare MSc programme benefit from a world-class research environment.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2-4 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Evaluating the Quality of Evidence
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2)


  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Observational Studies, Diagnosis & Prognosis
  • Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
  • Basic Statistics 1
  • Basic Statistics 2
  • Research Funding
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • Creating Online Educational Resources
  • Clinical Information Systems
  • e-health: Healthcare in the Internet Age
  • Regression Analysis


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 lectures, seminars, class discussions, workshops, tutorials, and practical work. Assessment is through written examination, essays and the research project.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

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.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at medical graduates who wish to develop the ability to carry out systematic reviews to determine best practice for patient care. For trainees who have completed MRCS, prior learning accreditation can be applied for one course for the certificate and two courses for post-graduate diploma/ MSc.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Evidence-Based Healthcare at graduate level
  • why you want to study Evidence-Based Healthcare at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


This MSc is ideally suited for surgical trainees, anaesthetists, nurses, nurse specialists and physiotherapists who wish to improve their clinical decision making skills to enable career progression.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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