MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care


This world class programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to transform healthcare and make better informed decisions, through the integration of research evidence with their expertise and patient values.

Our mission is to develop students to influence and improve health care practice through our world-class programme in evidence-based healthcare.

For over twenty years we have trained over 1000 teachers in EBM and research methods, and our growing body of alumni are changing global healthcare for the better.

Professor Carl Heneghan – Director, CEBMCHindex



MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care

Led by internationally recognised experts and leaders in evidence-based practice and education, the programme has received worldwide recognition for the quality of its teaching and graduates.

  • Part-time postgraduate courses devised to be undertaken by those in full-time employment
  • Flexible modular framework offering choice and opportunities for specialisation
  • Choice of interactive, problem-based modules – online teaching blended with intensive residential weeks in Oxford
  • Home study supported by a rich and regularly updated virtual learning environment
  • Web access to course and library resources and to online discussions

For more information on this course, please visit the Department of Continuing Education website.

MSc in EBHC Medical Statistics

This is a course for health professionals who wish to strengthen their statistical skills and ability to analyse data. Students will gain the confidence in carrying out the methods that are widely used in medical statistics, and interpreting the results for the practice of evidence-based health care.
  • Gain competence in execution and interpretation of core statistical techniques used by medical statisticians inside and outside the context of clinical trials, particularly those used in multi-variable analyses: multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and survival modelling; statistical analysis plans and statistical reporting
  • Gain competence in execution and interpretation of student-selected areas: meta-analysis, systematic reviews, big data epidemiology, statistical computing, diagnosis and screening, study design and research methods
  • Gain hands-on experience, supervised by a senior member of our medical statistics team, of the analysis/meta-analysis of healthcare data, in order to address a question in evidence-based healthcare

For more information on this course, please visit the Department of Continuing Education website.

MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews

This is a course for health professional who want to gain an understanding of the importance of systematic reviews in healthcare as well as the practical skills to conduct them. Students will be provided with training in the fundamental principles of evidence-based health care and research design as well as more specific training in the conduct of basic and more complex systematic reviews.

  • Introduce the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care, including how to formulate a clinical research question; how to design a systematic review; research protocol; search for evidence; critically appraise evidence for sources of bias; applying evidence to healthcare settings
  • Describe in detail different types of research methods and identify the strengths and weaknesses of difference study designs
  • Gain a more detailed understanding of the process involved in conducting a systematic review, leading to conducting systematic reviews independently
  • Gain 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
  • Explore new paradigms in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis

For more information on this course, please visit the Department of Continuing Education website.

Applying for an MSc course

Applications for these courses should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website included further information about the courses we offer and a guide to applying.

Early applications are advised. Applications which have not been fully completed before the application deadline cannot be considered, so please ensure that 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 a telephone interview and asked to provide evidence of their funding for the programme.

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The programme is delivered in conjunction with the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the UK’s top-ranked department in this field (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and is supported by the CEBM.

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