Skills for Knowledge Enquiry
Gain knowledge and skills in conducting systematic reviews of evidence and critical appraisal of research. You will learn key steps in the process of systematic review such as developing a review question, devising a search strategy and more.
It is suitable for professionals from a wide range of health and social care backgrounds, as well as students from other academic disciplines. Students can study online.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill.
- IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.
The module is designed to:
- introduce the fundamentals of systematic review methodology and distinguish between systematic and other types of reviews;
- outline key steps in the systematic review process and highlight the importance of methodological rigour, transparency, critical thinking and critical reflection;
- develop the key practical skills required to conduct a systematic review (developing a research question, devising a search strategy, systematic searching using research databases, reporting search outcomes, screening, and critical appraisal including quality assessment).
Delivery and assessment
The module is available solely online and assessed through coursework. Assessment will be by a systematic literature search and an annotated bibliography relating to an area of relevance to the student: learning a key research skill.
Dr Louise Hoyle
Most of our students are already working in health or social care prior to commencement and remain employed throughout the duration of their studies.
You will develop a wide range of transferable skills during your studies, which will make you attractive to other employers. For example:
- team working;
- IT skills;
- literature researching;
- critical appraisal;
- presentation skills;
- writing and data analysis.
The MRes Health Research is designed for students who wish to pursue a variety of different careers in health where research is a core component. Students wish to make a contribution to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social contexts.
Most of our students are employed as health professionals whilst they study part-time with us. When they complete their studies most students will stay in their clinical speciality but use their enhanced research skills/knowledge in their roles e.g. by conducting their own research or service evaluations.
Some students wish to use their Masters study as preparation for a PhD. Our students have been very successful in gaining recognition for their research work and for winning funding for PhD study.