Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

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About the course

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. 

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/surgery/courses/msc-evidence-based-healthcare 

Key Information

Application date: 

Close: 28 July 2017 

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. 

Degree Information

Delivered 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 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. *See below for compulsory modules

Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare*
Evaluating the Quality of Evidence*
Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)*
Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2)
Performing Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
Evidence-Based Pre-Clinical Research
Research Methodologies 

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. 


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 entirely online. 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. 

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. 

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. 

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply

Visit the Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc page on the University College London web site for more details!

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