Taught course

Evidence-Based Practice

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You should have a relevant honours degree (2.2) in a health or social care-related subject. If your first degree is not health or social care related, you should have recent experience of working in a health or social care environment.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course gives 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 ensures you are equipped with the necessary foundations to develop an evidence-based approach to practice throughout your career.

Course details

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

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

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

and an optional module

Year 2 core modules

How you learn

A range of learning and teaching methods are 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 course team. Supervision and support are provided by the personal tutor, the course leader, the module leaders and dissertation supervisors. You are also expected to undertake some self-study to support your learning.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment methods are 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 enhances your career prospects by developing your ability to implement evidence-based practice and conduct your own research.

Information for international students

If you are an international student you are required to have IELTS level 6.5 or above.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months
12-24 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1642 384176