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Evidence-Based Practice - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September; February


One Semesters, intake September and February

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of evidence-based practice and the process involved in its implementation
  • Use the evidence base to implement change in your organisation
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their field
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development.

This module will cover:

The Nature of Evidence-Based Practice

  • Descriptions/definitions
  • What is evidence?
  • Types of evidence eg. randomised control trials, reviews
  • The value of evidence
  • Purchase and provide issues
  • Reporting epidemiological studies

Frameworks that Influence Evidence-Based Practice

  • Descriptions/definitions
  • National policy/directives, eg. research and development strategy
  • Service with ambitions (Department of Health, 1996), cost effectiveness

Frameworks that Influence Evidence-Based Practice

  • Definition(s)
  • The value of different types of methodologies
  • Standard appraisal questions
  • Appraising evidence, eg. surveys, cohort studies, clinical trials, qualitative studies etc

Evidence in Practice

  • The complexities involved, eg. health economics, politics, social, interpersonal and professional factors

Entry Requirements

  • Registered professional working in health and social care.
  • A graduate or graduate equivalent.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

All health and social care professionals.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Applying for postgraduate Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


This module is delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, library literature searching sessions, group work, directed study and presentations.


Written assignment: 5,000 words.


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. On completion of this module you will have in-depth knowledge of evidence-based practice, and the processes to implement positive change it the workplace.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

Further Study

We have a wide range of master's level courses that you may wish to undertake depending on your profession.

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