MSt - Master of Studies
University of Oxford
About the course
For health professionals seeking an understanding of the importance of systematic reviews in healthcare as well as the practical skills to conduct them. Training is provided in the fundamental principles of evidence-based healthcare and research design, with more specific training in the conduct of basic and more complex systematic reviews.
This course is designed for health care professionals and researchers seeking to consolidate their understanding and ability in contextualising, carrying out, and applying systematic reviews appropriately in health care settings.
The course aims to provide a structured training in designing, conducting, and interpreting high-quality systematic reviews in health care.
The course also aims.
to introduce the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care, including how to formulate a clinical research question, search for evidence, critically appraise evidence for sources of bias, and apply evidence to health care settings
to describe in detail different types of research methods and identify the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs.
Students on the course will.
learn how to design a systematic review research protocol
gain a more detailed understanding of the process involved in conducting a systematic review
develop the skills to conduct, report and update a systematic review
gain a familiarity with basic and advanced techniques for the analysis of quantitative systematic review data. meta-analysis, meta-regression, network meta-analysis, diagnostic meta-analysis, individual patient data meta-analysis
gain an understanding of and reasons for more complex systematic reviews in health care, such as realist reviews, reviews of clinical study reports, prognostic reviews, and meta-synthesis
explore new paradigms in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis
gain sufficient training to conduct systematic reviews independently.
Assessment for each module will be based on a written assignment of not more than 4,000 words. The dissertation will be on a topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor and the course director and should not normally exceed 15,000 words.
Most part-time students starting this course are already in full-time employment. The MSc offers health care professionals opportunities to enhance their working lives by.
- updating and improving their clinical practice
- facilitating effective and timely decision making in health care
- identifying and applying research critically to improve their own and others’ practice
- disseminating and translating high quality evidence for patient and public benefit
- opening up new career opportunities.
Past students have also gone on to study for the part-time DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care and all graduates are invited to be part of an international alumni network where success is shared and new initiatives are supported.
- United States
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Hong Kong
- Ivory Coast
- Korea DPR (North Korea)
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Palestinian Authority
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- St Vincent
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- Western Samoa
£ 25,900overall cost
Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.
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