Evidence Based Practice

Develop an advanced knowledge of how contemporary research and evidence can be applied to practice.

Key facts

  • Module codeADPP014
  • Start date 22 Jan 2024 Applications will open on 31 May 2023.
  • Application deadline8 Jan 2024
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £844, Overseas: £1975
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


This CPD module is from our MSc Advancing Practice course.

'Evidence, research and development’ is one of the four pillars of practice (NES Post Registration Career Framework). This module aims to develop an advanced knowledge of how contemporary research and evidence can be applied to practice. This module will enable students to develop confidence and structure when searching for evidence. In addition, critical appraisal skills will be developed, and hierarchies of evidence will be explored. The possible barriers to implementation of evidence-based practice and how these can be overcome will also be debated.

Students will develop an awareness of quality improvement and research methodologies as well as an in-depth understanding of the skills required to assess whether the quality of the evidence should result in any changes to practice.

Taken as a pre-requisite for the Advancing Practice Masters dissertation, this module will provide students with sufficient knowledge to be able to choose an appropriate topic. As a standalone module the material gives a good insight into how to assess the quality of evidence and its application to practice within organisations where the students’ work.


Entrance requirements

Students may apply who have completed a previous degree or Master’s level studies.

In addition applications are welcomed from any health, AHP, social care and voluntary sector workers who may have extensive professional experience without certificated learning.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 577/233/90).


Find out more about fees and funding.

A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.


Learning outcome 1: Systematically locate a variety of evidence sources with a critical awareness of the hierarchy of evidence

Learning outcome 2: Critically appraise qualitative and quantitative research, systematic reviews, policy documents and other evidence for its validity and usefulness.

Learning outcome 3: Critically evaluate the literature relevant to a specific clinical issue or problem

Learning outcome 4: Review and assess the implementation of evidence-based practice, including any barriers.

Delivery and assessment

3,000 word literature review.

Module coordinator

Dr James Nicholls


All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advancing Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively you can use it as credit towards the MSc Advanced Practice.

Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size of eight students.

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advancing Practice course provides opportunity to develop transferable skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical, social and pastoral settings within the UK and internationally.

All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), enabling you to clearly identify the core and specific dimensions within the KSF which can be achieved when you successfully complete your module/programme.

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