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Postgraduate study

Course overview

This course gives 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 ensures you are equipped with the necessary foundations to develop an evidence-based approach to practice throughout your career.

The course enables you to:

  • develop the skills and attitudes necessary to perform detailed evidence-based practice and research in your area of interest
  • develop your understanding of the necessary research methodologies to locate and appraise research relevant to your health or social care practice
  • develop a lifelong-learning attitude and an inquisitive approach to practice.

There is a flexible approach to course delivery.

  • Home students can choose to study either by attending taught sessions at the University or through distance or blended delivery methods.
  • International students can choose to study either by attending taught sessions at the University or through distance learning only.

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Course details

You study a number of modules to increase the knowledge and skills needed for evidence-based practice. These focus upon evidence-based practice, research design and methods, statistics and change management. You are encouraged to apply these to your own area of practice. In the final year you undertake a dissertation project related to your own area of interest.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Developing 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 course.

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.


and an optional module

Year 2 core modules


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.

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.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

A range of learning and teaching methods are 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 are also expected to undertake some self-study to support your learning.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment methods are 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.


Entry requirements

You should have a relevant honours degree (2.2) in a health or social care-related subject. If your first degree is not health or social care related, you should have recent experience of working in a health or social care environment. If you are an international student you are required to have IELTS level 6.5 or above.

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.

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Career opportunities

Successful completion of the course enhances your career prospects by developing your ability to implement evidence-based practice and conduct your own research.


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2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£5,900 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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  • Length: within 1 year
  • Attendance: Distance learning available
  • Enrolment date: September
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2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£655 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Distance learning available
  • Enrolment date: September
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