Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2-4 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,850
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 22 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

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:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 22 August 2014.

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.

Next steps


Mr Kurinchi Gurusamy

T: +44 (0)20 7794 0500


Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

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