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Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

The Evidence Based Healthcare MSc is designed to facilitate optimal patient care. Students create and compile 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

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: up to 5 years
  • Distance learning: available
  • Mixed mode learning: available

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£12,570 (FT)
£24,400 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

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 either online or with the option to study one module at UCL, 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 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 for Evidence Based Healthcare
  • Evaluating the Quality of Evidence
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2)

Options include

  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
  • Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
  • Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology (Part 1)
  • Evidence Based Pre-clinical Research
  • Epidemiology (not delivered as distance learning)


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 available on the department web site Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. 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 either online (or with an option to study one module at UCL) 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 contains one of the top five universities in the world.

Student / staff ratios › 152 staff › 266 taught students › 141 research students

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

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
29 July 2016

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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