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Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care will position students to integrate the best available research evidence with their clinical expertise and patient values to make better informed decisions in their field of health care.

This is a joint programme between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education. The Programme works in collaboration with the renowned Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford.

This programme has teachers and contributors who are internationally recognised leaders in the field of evidence-based practice and teaching. The flexible structure of the course has been devised to fit with the structure of specialist training and to accommodate student choice.

Course aims

The aim of the MSc programme is to help health professionals base their clinical and health management decisions on valid, reliable and relevant evidence, determined by sound scientific research and evaluation.

By the end of the Master's degree students will be expected to be able to:

  • Find and appraise quantitative and qualitative research evidence critically and efficiently and understand what the results mean in different contexts and for different healthcare decisions.
  • Integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse sources, when making both individual patient and health policy decisions in a wide range of situations.
  • Be familiar with key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or specialty.
  • Work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements in the absence of definitive evidence.
  • Work comfortably in unpredictable situations and deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
  • Have an understanding of ethical frameworks in health care and be able to apply ethical principles to practical issues.
  • Understand health care organisations, their management and the changing context in which they operate
  • Be pro-active in recognising the need for change and have the ability to manage change.
  • Understand how to work with colleagues to make informed decisions based on evidence and operate effectively in a variety of team roles.


This module will introduce the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care. Students will be facilitated to turn clinical queries into focussed questions, from which they can search the evidence. Participants will learn the skills to develop a search strategy for use across several databases. They will also learn about the importance of matching a research question with the most appropriate study design, and then be guided through suitable critical appraisal techniques, so that they can understand how and why published research can be used in clinical practice. Students will learn with peers in small groups, and through the week, they will have the opportunity to decide on a relevant question, search the evidence and present a critical appraisal for shared discussion.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To be eligible for the course you should: be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course; have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field. As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any subject.