Taught course

Evidence Based Medicine

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

BSc in Medicine and employed in a clinical setting. IELTS 6.5 or above if English not first language.

Months of entry


Course content

You study the central aspects of evidence based medicine and research and to apply these to your specific area of practice or clinical speciality with the aim of enhancing the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. You study five core modules. A number of modules are shared with other master’s level programmes giving plenty of opportunity for you to mix with students on other programmes and share experiences (both academic and professional). The emphasis is on the integration of theory and clinical practice within a multi-professional working and learning environment.

The programme offers a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. You may be employed in speciality training posts, so a flexible approach to the programme delivery has been used. You develop an ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, evaluated and importantly, employed within practice.

The programme enhances inter-professional learning and directs the focus of learning toward evidence based clinical decision making and quality improvement to enhance service delivery. This is in line with the Government’s policy visions to develop evidence based, quality improvement driven professional practice. Following the completion of your PgD you can apply for entry to the third year of the MSc Evidence-based Medicine within five years of completing your PgD.

Where you study

Main campus for attending students, at home for distance learners.

How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy is as flexible as possible. You can choose to study by attending classes by distance learning or flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance learning). For attending students, learning and teaching methods include key lectures, seminars involving group discussions and structured learning activities, practical computer lab classes and tutorial support. For distance learners the virtual learning environment provides you with interactive structured learning materials such as written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and structured learning materials and activities. Alongside this you can access a range of forums – discussion boards, wikis and blogs to support your discussion with module tutors and other students. Tutorial support is provided by email, phone or Skype if you are undertaking distance-learning options. If you are a flexible learners you can use these two approaches flexibly throughout each module depending on your personal needs and work commitments. Our learning and teaching strategy, and opportunities for feedback for flexible learners include aspects of the attendance and distance learning strategies.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies throughout your programme. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed through a written report, seen exam, data analysis project, research proposal, quality improvement proposal and critical commentary.

Career opportunities

The programme offers a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. Most graduates are employed in specialty training posts. This programme can support your career progression to consultant level.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment80

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384176