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MSc Evidence-Based Health Care

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
MSc: 1 year FT, 2.5-5 yr PT
Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second honours degree or overseas equivalent, preferably in a relevant subject. Significant relevant experience may be considered where the academic qualification falls below an Upper Second degree or equivalent.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for this course by completing our online application form . See the Application and selection section for details of the supporting documents that we require with your completed form.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc N N Y Y

Course overview

  • Learn how to interpret and communicate research evidence as applied to a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Develop skills in designing and conducting systematic reviews.
  • Study when it suits you through distance learning on a full or part-time basis.
  • Open up a career in health science research if you undertake a PhD after completing this course.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for Dentistry, and 8th in the UK and in the top 35 in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2020).

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000
  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits and £1,900 for dissertation
    International students (per annum): £1,900 per 15 credits and £3,800 for dissertation

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a first class honours degree; 
  • have home or overseas fee status; 
  • are applying for full- or part-time study; 
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an Upper Second honours degree or overseas equivalent, preferably in a relevant subject. Significant relevant experience may be considered where the academic qualification falls below an Upper Second degree or equivalent.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with minimum: Listening 18; Writing 20; Reading 18 and Speaking 20)

See further information about requirements for your country .

 

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

You can apply for this course by completing our online application form . See the Application and selection section for details of the supporting documents that we require with your completed form.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years;
  • copies of official degree certificates (with official translations if not in English);
  • copies of official undergraduate/postgraduate transcripts;
  • a personal statement of approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role;
  • a CV;
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Course details

Course description

Our distance learning MSc Evidence-Based Health Care course is relevant for healthcare professionals and health scientists from all fields of healthcare, and will enable you to interpret and communicate research evidence as applied to a variety of settings.

You will specifically focus on the design and conduct of systematic reviews and the development and application of evidence-based guidelines into practice.

This course will help clinicians to provide optimal patient care and provides a sound basis for health science researchers to progress to doctoral study. The content has been designed by international leaders in the field of evidence-based healthcare.

In addition, the course allows you to study flexibly in your own time and is integrated with our Master of Public Health and Master of Dental Public Health courses.

An optional two-day face-to-face residential course is offered to first year students at the start of their studies. Attendance is not mandatory, but the event provides a helpful introduction to the course, tutors and to fellow students. All the induction materials from this event are made available online.

Aims

This course aims to give students an understanding of the process of systematic reviews and guideline development and implementation.

For those taking the PGDip and MSc courses, you will also learn how to critically interpret systematic reviews and apply the findings in healthcare settings by developing and implementing evidence-based guidelines.

MSc students will also be trained in evidence synthesis process to enable you to conduct most aspects of a systematic review.

Special features

Publication potential

The dissertation will be either a systematic review, development of guidelines, an assessment of the use of guidelines in practice or the development of an intervention to support the translation of guidelines into practice. For students who receive a distinction for a dissertation that is a systematic review, there will be an option to support the publication of the review where appropriate.

Teaching and learning

All of the course content is delivered through Blackboard, our online learning platform, and includes articles, videos, discussion boards and reflective learning logs.

Coursework and assessment

The assessment of each unit is by assignment. Each unit will usually have two assignments, a mid-term assessment and a final assessment.

While the word count for these varies between 1,000 and 4,000 words, typically assignments will be around 2,000 words each, with mid-term assignment making up 50% of the final unit grade and the final assignment making up the remaining 50%.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

The dissertation should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.

Course unit details

The MSc is made up of eight units and a dissertation. Five of the units are compulsory for the MSc and PGDip:

  • Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews;
  • Guideline Development and Implementation;
  • Evidence-based Practice; 
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology;
  • Biostatistics.

The remaining three units can be chosen from an extensive list in consultation with the programme director, current optional modules include:

  • Oral Health & Disease in Populations
  • Implementing Strategy in Dental Services
  • Health Promotion Theory & Methods
  • Working with Communities
  • Health Economics
  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Global Health into the 21st Century
  • Global Health in the 21st Century
  • Global Women's Public Health
  • Primary Health CareQualitative Research Methods
  • Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience
  • Impact, Information and Evaluation
  • Implementation Sciences
  • Health Services Management
  • Intercultural Public Health

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews DENT68001 15 Mandatory
Guideline Development and Implementation DENT68012 15 Mandatory
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Optional
Oral Health & Disease in Populations DENT76061 15 Optional
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services DENT76072 15 Optional
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Optional

Facilities

This course is delivered through online distance learning. You will have normal access to online library facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please see the Evidence-Based Health Care CPD units page for more information.

Careers

Career opportunities

This course will equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to identify and use evidence in practice. It will also provide a sound basis for health science researchers to progress to doctoral study.