This course will give you the opportunity to study the central aspects of evidence-based practice and to focus these on your specific area of health or social care practice. The emphasis is on the integration of theory and practice within a multi-professional working and learning environment and intends to develop a lifelong ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, critically appraised and employed in practice. Such a focus will ensure that you are equipped with the necessary foundations to develop further an evidence-based approach to practice throughout your career.
The course enables you to:
There is a flexible approach to course delivery.
You will study a number of modules which aim to increase the knowledge and skills which are necessary for Evidence-based Practice. These will focus upon Evidence-based Practice, research design and methods, statistics and change management. You will be encouraged to apply these to your own area of practice. In the final year you will undertake a dissertation project related to your own area of interest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modules offered may vary.
A range of learning and teaching methods is used throughout the course. You can choose to study either by attending classes or by distance learning. Learning and teaching methods for the attendance mode of study include lectures, seminars, computer lab classes, structured online resource-based learning materials, small group work and tutorials. If you study by distance learning you will be provided with regular online structured learning materials and be encouraged to take part in online discussion with other students and the programme team. Supervision and support are provided by the personal tutor, the programme leader, the module leaders and dissertation supervisors. You will also be expected to undertake some self study to support your learning.
A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course. These include formative assessment, review of current practice, research critique, research proposal, statistical analysis, examination, change dossier, essay and a research report.
Successful completion of the course will enhance your career prospects by developing your ability to implement evidence-based practice and conduct your own research.
Applicants should have a relevant honours degree (2.2) in a health or social care-related subject. For applicants whose first degree is not health or social care related, applicants should have recent experience of working within a health or social care environment. International students will be required to have IELTS level 6.5 or above.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section