Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Evidence-based Medicine

You study the central aspects of evidence based medicine and research and to apply these to your specialist area of clinical practice with the aim of enhancing the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. You study six core modules. A number of modules are shared with other master’s level programmes giving you many opportunities to mix with students on other programmes and share experiences (both academic and professional). The emphasis is on the integration of theory and clinical practice within a multi-professional working and learning environment.

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Part-time

  • 3 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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The programme offers a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. You may be employed in speciality training posts and therefore, a flexible approach to the programme delivery has been used. You develop an ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, evaluated and importantly, employed within practice.

The programme enhances inter-professional learning and directs the focus of learning toward evidence based clinical decision making and quality improvement to enhance service delivery. This is in line with the Government’s policy visions to develop evidence based, quality improvement driven professional practice.

You study six modules, focusing on evidence based medicine, statistics, research design, research project management, quality improvement and dissertation.

Modules

Core modules

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

Dissertation

Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health and social care practitioner. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also apply the principles of change management to affect how you use research in health and social care. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, e-learning, formal lectures and seminars.

You are able to opt for a traditional taught approach or an open route that uses e-learning to deliver content – or a mix of both approaches according to your needs.

If you are an international student, you can discuss with the programme leader whether blended learning is appropriate.

Practical Statistics

You gain a solid grounding in the statistical concepts needed in analysing basic health and medical data. The indicative content provides an overview of the basic concepts in statistics. It leads you from understanding basic fundamentals up to multivariate analysis.

Quality Improvement in Evidence-based Healthcare

This module is for students undertaking the MSc Evidence-based Healthcare programme. You learn how to successfully implement small-scale, locally-based service improvement initiatives that help engage with the continuous quality improvement agenda. This module helps develop your knowledge and understanding of the quality improvement agenda in the context of healthcare, focusing on contemporary service improvement models, processes and tools.

Research Project Management

The module is to develop your skills in research project management. You learn about the practical, everyday aspects of managing primary (live) research projects in health-related areas. You study the principles and practices of effective research project management. Research projects typically have three stages: the planning stage, where you refine your methodological approach; the execution (or implementation) stage; and the dissemination stage. This module focuses primarily on the execution and dissemination stages. You learn about the basics of costing research projects and the importance of staying within budget, how to engage in good ethical practice, some of the issues involved in effectively managing randomised controlled trials (including those relating to safety reporting) and managing sensitive data. You also study participant recruitment strategies, compliance with data protection law, the different elements and activities associated with disseminating research findings and working with others.

 

Modules offered may vary.

Where you study

Main campus for attending students, at home for distance learners (including international students).

How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy is as flexible as possible. You can choose to study by attending classes by distance learning or flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance learning). For attending students, learning and teaching methods include key lectures, seminars involving group discussions and structured learning activities, practical computer lab classes and tutorial support. For distance learners the virtual learning environment provides you with interactive structured learning materials such as written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and structured learning materials and activities. Alongside this you can access a range of forums – discussion boards, wikis and blogs to support your discussion with module tutors and other students. Tutorial support is provided by email, phone or Skype if you are undertaking distance-learning options. If you are a flexible learners you can use these two approaches flexibly throughout each module depending on your personal needs and work commitments. Our learning and teaching strategy, and opportunities for feedback for flexible learners include aspects of the attendance and distance learning strategies.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies throughout your programme. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed through a written report, seen exam, data analysis project, research proposal, quality improvement proposal, critical commentary and dissertation.

Career opportunities

The programme offers a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. Most graduates are employed in specialty training posts. This programme can support your career progression to consultant level.

Entry requirements

BSc in Medicine and employed in a clinical setting. IELTS 6.5 or above if English not first language.

Course information

Part-time

  • 3 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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