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Surgery and Interventional Science

Evidence-based healthcare

Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

A Distance Learning programme delivered entirely online, the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare is designed to facilitate optimal patient care for students who wish to study at home - from anywhere in the UK or the world.
Through a series of interactive lectures and web-based discussions, 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.

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; and understand the basic principles of cost-effectiveness analysis.

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: up to 5 years
  • Distance learning: available
Programme start date
September 2016

What will I learn?

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.

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.

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

Degree Structure

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.
  • 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 available on the department web site Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc


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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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.

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
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.


  • MSc
  • PG Diploma
  • PG Certificate

Tuition fees

Please visit the UCL website for details

Application deadline

29 July 2016

Programme Administrator

Ms Julie Cheek

Tel: 020 7794 0500 ext. 34980




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