Single Module Level 7

Evidence-Based Practice for Patient Care (Level 7, 30 credits)




One semester

Next enrolment

February 2025


In a nutshell

This module will develop your skills and knowledge so that you are able to understand and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care. 



You will:

  • benefit from a multi-disciplinary learning environment
  • build on your current practice
  • enhance your career opportunities
Course details

All about the course

This module will explore:

  • Searching: formulating a search question, selecting search terms, building up a search strategy, limiting searches and sources of health and social care information (e.g. MEDLINE; CINAHL; PSYCHINFO etc.)
  • Appraising: for quantitative (e.g. RCT and survey); qualitative (e.g. participant observation); systematic reviews; policy documents and other evidence
  • Synthesising: what is a systematic review, literature searching dimension plus appraisal; issues in synthesising RCT's Vs qualitative research
  • Implementing findings into practice: need for change management; research evidence and other evidence; current approaches in health and social care (audit, guidelines, protocols, CRD, Cochrane, evaluation, performance review) and gaining local ownership
  • You will be encouraged to draw from different areas of practice such as mental health, child care, older people in order to exploit the considerable professional experience/range of work settings

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

This module is delivered using a mix of tutorials, practical work and independent study.


  • Written assignment: 3,000 words, 70%
  • Oral assessment: 10 minutes, 30%

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. On completion of this module you will have the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care.

Career Links

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 a number 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.


What you need to know

This module starts in February and lasts for one semester. It is suitable for qualified health professionals who wish to develop their practice further and enhance their career opportunities


    Standard entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    You should be: 

    • A registered professional working in health care
    • A graduate or graduate equivalent
    Alternative entry requirements

    Accreditation of prior learning

    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).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module
    Part-time 2025/26 £1,530 per 30 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    February 2025