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Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£13,230 (FT) N/A (PT)
£25,890 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard. IELTS minimum of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each sub-category.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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.

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.

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Student / staff numbers › 152 staff including 22 postdocs › 360 taught students › 116 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
99% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


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 and healthcare professionals who wish to develop the ability to carry out systematic reviews to determine best practice for patient care.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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