Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgDip/MSc Evidence-based Medicine

In both programmes you study the central aspects of evidence based medicine and research and to apply these to your specific area of practice or clinical speciality with the aim of enhancing the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. You study three core modules. A number of modules are shared with other master’s level programmes giving you many opportunities for you 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.

Course information

Part-time

  • PgDip: 2 years, MSc: 3 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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The programmes offer 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, so 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. This is in line with the Government’s policy visions to develop evidence based driven professional practice. Following the completion of your PgDip you can apply for entry to the third year of the MSc Evidence-based Medicine within five years of completing your PgDip.

You study three modules, one focusing on evidence based medicine, one on statistics and one on research design.

Course structure

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.

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health care. 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 learn how to apply the principles of change management to implement evidence in practice. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including e-learning, formal lectures, seminars and practical activities.

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

This module is focused on learning about the practical, everyday aspects of the management of primary (‘live’) research projects in health-related areas. You will be introduced to the principles and practices of effective research project management. This module focuses primarily on the second and third stages in the life-cycle of the research project (the execution and dissemination stages). You will learn about: the basics of costing research projects, how to engage in good ethical practice, some of the issues involved in the effective management of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) (including those relating to safety reporting) and the good management of sensitive data. Other areas covered in the module include: participant recruitment strategies, compliance with data protection law, the different elements and activities associated with dissemination of research findings and working with others.

 

MSc only

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.

 

Modules offered may vary.

Where you study

Main campus for attending students, at home for distance learners.

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 learner 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. 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 (dissertation is for MSc only).

Career opportunities

These programmes offer 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. These programmes can support your career progression to consultant level.

Entry requirements

You should have a BSc in Medicine and employed in a clinical setting. International applicants should have IELTS 6.5 or above if English is not your first language.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Course information

Part-time

  • PgDip: 2 years, MSc: 3 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information