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Research Evidence in Health Science (September 2015)

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Ulster University
Access and Distributed Learning
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Postgraduate (Online)
Allied health professionals
Online / Distance Learning Course

This course offers allied health professionals an opportunity to build on understanding of healthcare theory and research by developing skills in reviewing and synthesising the extant literature to advance clinical practice. This course should produce health researchers and employees equipped to implement research evidence into practice.

This course is aimed at health professionals who want to develop skills in critically appraising research evidence for evidence-based practice.

Topics covered are:

  • Introduction to healthcare research:  theories and principles; different types of clinical research question
  • Quantitative research methods:  RCTs; cohort and case control studies; single case studies; surveys
  • Qualitative methods : interviews; focus groups ; unstructured observation - including sampling, saturation, reflection, analysis and interpretation
  • Evidence-based practice: argument for healthcare to be evidence based; formulating questions; finding research evidence; different types of research evidence;  hierarchy of research evidence; systematic review
  • Critical appraisal: exploration of critical appraisal tools; interpreting and making sense of data presented in published research; synthesising and reporting research evidence

This course is professionally recognised by SCoR (Society and College of Radiographers).

Northern Ireland NHS applicants only – if you are seeking a Department of Health (DHSSPS) commissioned place, please DO NOT apply online.  To find out if there are commissioned places available for this course, please contact your Trust Manager.

Closing date for applications is 17 August 2015.

Entry Requirements: An undergraduate degree in an allied health profession subject from a recognised university or an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification.


(a) where applicable (if working in the UK and NI) be eligible for registration with the Health Professions Council and where applicable have continued employment in an area relevant to the course where it is expected that completion of the learning outcomes will require the participant to be working in the particular specialism.

(b) have a minimum of one year’s post-qualification experience (excluding course attendance).

Start Date: 21 September 2015

Delivery: This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements.

Assessment:  100% Coursework - (1) Online Learning Activities - four tasks (activities and quizzes), (2) Critical appraisal of three research published papers - critically appraise three published research papers using an appropriate appraisal tool, summarising the main findings and methodological quality and briefly discussing any implications and recommendations for practice or further research and  (3) Reflection - reflecting on the learning achieved and how this has impacted on patient/client interaction (500 words).

Location: Online through Blackboard Learn

Credits: 15

Cost: £416.25

Cost applicable for UK/EU applicants only. Applicants resident outside of UK/EU should contact [email protected] for a quotation in relation to the cost of the course.

This course is part of a framework of postgraduate professional development opportunities. If you wish, you can study a range of short courses over a period of time and build credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Once you have successfully completed a combination of short courses worth 60 credits in total, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Full details of available courses can be found at

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