Taught course

Evidence-based Practice

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a relevant honours degree (2.2) in a health or social care-related subject. For applicants whose first degree is not health or social care related, applicants should have recent experience of working within a health or social care environment. International students will be required to have IELTS level 6.5 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will give you the opportunity to study the central aspects of evidence-based practice and to focus these on your specific area of health or social care practice. The emphasis is on the integration of theory and practice within a multi-professional working and learning environment and intends to develop a lifelong ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, critically appraised and employed in practice. Such a focus will ensure that you are equipped with the necessary foundations to develop further an evidence-based approach to practice throughout your career. The course enables you to:

  • develop the skills and attitudes necessary to perform detailed evidence-based practice and research in your area of interest
  • develop your understanding of the necessary research methodologies to locate and appraise research relevant to your health or social care practice
  • develop a lifelong learning attitude and an inquisitive approach to practice.

There is a flexible approach to course delivery.

  • Home students can chose to study either by attending taught sessions at the University or through distance or blended delivery methods.
  • International students can chose to study either by attending taught sessions at the University or through distance learning only.

What you study

You will study a number of modules which aim to increase the knowledge and skills which are necessary for Evidence-based Practice. These will focus upon Evidence-based Practice, research design and methods, statistics and change management. You will be encouraged to apply these to your own area of practice. In the final year you will undertake a dissertation project related to your own area of interest.

How you learn

A range of learning and teaching methods is used throughout the course. You can choose to study either by attending classes or by distance learning. Learning and teaching methods for the attendance mode of study include lectures, seminars, computer lab classes, structured online resource-based learning materials, small group work and tutorials. If you study by distance learning you will be provided with regular online structured learning materials and be encouraged to take part in online discussion with other students and the programme team. Supervision and support are provided by the personal tutor, the programme leader, the module leaders and dissertation supervisors. You will also be expected to undertake some self study to support your learning.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course. These include formative assessment, review of current practice, research critique, research proposal, statistical analysis, examination, change dossier, essay and a research report.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the course will enhance your career prospects by developing your ability to implement evidence-based practice and conduct your own research.

Information for international students

Demonstrable competence in verbal and written English language and mathematical ability.

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


distance learning
24 or 36 months
part time
24 or 36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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