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Surgery and Interventional Science

Evidence-based healthcare

Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

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.

Mode of study

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

What will I learn?

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; Understand the basic principles of cost-effectiveness analysis.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.

The Medical School has highly rated basic science expertise within its academic and clinical departments and students on the Evidence Based Healthcare MSc programme benefit from a world-class research environment.


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
  • Evaluating the Quality of Evidence
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2)

Options

  • 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

Dissertation/report

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.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

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.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at medical graduates who wish to develop the ability to carry out systematic reviews to determine best practice for patient care. For trainees who have completed MRCS, prior learning accreditation can be applied for one course for the certificate and two courses for post-graduate diploma/ MSc.

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.


Options

  • PG Diploma
  • PG Certificate

Mode of study

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

Tuition fees

MSc

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,205
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,690

PG Dip

  • UK/EU Full-time: £7,415
  • Overseas Full-time: £15,140

PG Cert

  • UK/EU Full-time: 3,705
  • Overseas Full-time: £7,415

Application deadline

  • 31 July 2015

Programme Administrator

Ms Julie Cheek

Tel: 020 7794 0500 ext. 34 980

Email: j.cheek@ucl.ac.uk

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