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 and healthcare professionals who wish to study at home - from anywhere in the UK or the world.
Using examples from different fields of medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and nutrition, the students will learn by 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 and develop evidence-based practice guidelines to determine best practice. This course will benefit any health professional who wants to practice evidence-based healthcare in different fields of medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, nutrition, clinical guideline developers, research co-ordinators, and those who plan a clinical academic career.
Students will understand the advantages and disadvantages of different study designs and will 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.
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.
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.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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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.
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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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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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.
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 comprises four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits comprising four core and four optional modules) is offered.
A PG Cert is available in Flexible/Modular mode only, and for a maximum duration of two years. This programme is 60 credits in total (three core modules and one optional module).
- Evaluating the Quality of Evidence-Based Healthcare*
- Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare*
- 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 optional modules below.
Optional modules include
- Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
- Evidence Based Pre-Clinical Research
- Musculoskeletal Research Methodology (Part 1)
- Performing Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
- Randomised Controlled Trials: Design & Conduct
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
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This course is taught by specialists in evidence-based medicine. The course tutors lead the UK Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group satellite centre and have published approximately 100 Cochrane reviews. They have also guided other doctors to complete Cochrane reviews. The course organisers have recently been awarded a major programme grant by the UK Government to prepare Cochrane reviews.