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Evidence-Based Healthcare

The programme in Evidence-Based Healthcare can be taken at three levels:

  • Certificate (60 credits - 3 compulsory modules and 1 optional module)
  • Diploma (120 credits - 4 compulsory modules and 4 optional modules)
  • Masters (180 credits - 4 compulsory modules, 4 optional modules & Project Module)

Mode of Study

The method of delivery for the course is flexible depending upon the time that you are able to commit to this course:

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


Each module will be of 150 hours duration, which includes time for online lectures, practical implementation of the content of lectures, discussions, coursework, self-study (including exam preparation), and exams.

There will be web-based tutorials/seminars to discuss the contents of the online lectures. Students are expected to have studied the lecture material before participating in the webinars. There will be a webinar for every 2 lectures of a module. The webinar will be conducted usually (but not exclusively) on a Saturday. There will be approximately 6 webinars per module.

Compulsory Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Research Methods for Evidence-Based Healthcare
Module 2 - Evaluating the Quality of Evidence
Module 3 - Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)
Module 4 - Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2)

Optional Modules

Module 5 - Performing Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
Module 6 - Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
Module 7 - Evidence-Based Pre-Clinical Research
Module 8 - Research Methodologies

Project Module

The project module of this course will be a systematic review (currently considered the best level of research evidence) with or without an economic analysis. This is likely to result in peer reviewed publication(s).

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