MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care
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's Continuing Professional Development Centre. 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.
Watch the following video for more information about the Programme and the student experience:
Kristina, an MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care student from Canada, has said the following:
"It was really important to me to find a course which was flexible. I can take a week off from my clinical work, come to Oxford and spend the week studying, and the rest of the course is online. I feel very supported by the forums and I can stay in touch with my colleagues but at the same time I haven’t had to put my clinical career or the rest of my life on hold to be able to do a Master’s"
The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care is a part-time course. There are two compulsory modules, four option modules and a dissertation.
Option Modules (four must be chosen)
- Clinical Trial Management
- Ethics for Biosciences
- Mixed Methods in Health Research
- Knowledge into Action
- Evidence-based Diagnosis and Screening
- Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
- Systematic Reviews
- Randomized Controlled Trials
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Essential Medical Statistics
- History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care
- Teaching Evidence-Based Practice
- Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluation (new in 2017/18)
- Complex Reviews (new in 2017/18)
- Meta-analysis (new in 2017/18)
- Statistics for Clinical Trials (new in 2017/18)
- Big Data Epidemiology (new in 2017/18)
A module is run over an eight week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).
Online modules are delivered entirely through a Virtual Learning Environment with the first week allocated to introductory activities. There are ten units to work through which are released week by week (starting on the dates advertised), you then have five weeks of personal study with use of a revision forum and then you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).
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.
- Provide leadership for evidence-based practice and research.
- Manage projects, people, time and change effectively and efficiently.
- Present and communicate information about research evidence and evidence-based practice clearly in written, electronic and oral forms to a range of audiences.
- Be able to produce a robust research protocol, for a variety of different types of research question, in a format that can be submitted as an application for research funding.
- Be able to play a lead role in the conduct and presentation of research.
- Have an understanding of the ethical issues in health research and research governance.
- Routinely use the principles of reflective practice.
Assessment for each module will be based on a written assignment, which shall not be of more than 4,000 words. Students for the MSc will also be required to complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Course Director. The dissertation should not normally exceed 15,000 words.
To complete the MSc students must:
- Attend and complete the 2 compulsory modules and 4 option modules
- Complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Course Director. The dissertation should normally not exceed 15,000 words.
- Attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners
Fee rates for the academic year 2017-18
These rates (in pounds sterling) are for students joining in the 2017-18 academic year and will increase annually.
The annual award fee is due for every academic year (or part-year) attended; module or dissertation fees are due in advance as invoiced. Fees must be paid in accordance with the Terms and Conditions for the programme.
Annual Award Fee:
£1,795 (per taught module)
£5,385 (equivalent to 3 module fees)
Illustration for full programme (completing in three years, with six taught modules and a dissertation)
3 annual award fees:
£17,730 (see notes 1 and 2)
plus 6 module fees: £10,770 (see notes 1 and 2)
plus dissertation fee: £5,385 (see notes 1 and 2)
£33,885 (see notes 1 and 2)
- The fee rates listed are for the academic year shown, and you should be aware that these rates will increase annually.
- The Illustration is based on the fee rates for the academic year shown; however, fee rates for attendance in future years will increase, so students attending for more than one year should expect the total to be higher than is shown in the Illustration. The exact amount will depend on the fee rates set annually, and upon the years you are in attendance; these are normally published well before the start of each academic year, but for your own budgetary purposes you may wish to estimate a 5% annual increase on fee rates.
- MSc students are matriculated and are full members of the Collegiate University; college fees are included within the MSc programme fees and are paid to the colleges on a student’s behalf.
- Funding: Overseas students applying for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care are eligible to apply for a Clarendon Fund Scholarship.
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our Fees and Funding page.
Level and demands
To be eligible for the course you should:
For the full Selection Criteria please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Funding website.
- be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
- have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
- be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.
Apply for this course
Early application for the programme is advised. Applications which have not been fully completed before the application deadline cannot be considered, so please ensure any applications are received by us in good time so that we may advise of missing or incorrectly completed elements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to telephone interview, and asked to provide evidence of their funding for the programme.
Applications open on 1st September for entry in the following academic year. To see if this course is still open for applications for admission please visit the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. Courses with a green admission status are open for applications, amber means the course will be closing at 12 noon on the following Friday and red means it has closed to new applications.
For further information on applying, please refer to the Application Guide. Please read our Terms and Conditions before submitting your application. If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact:
Sue Pearson (Programme Manager)
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286947 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Terms and conditions
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Sources of funding
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