Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Programmes

Systematic Reviews

Key Facts
Module Code EPID4033
Module Convenor(s) Jo Leonardi-Bee
Teaching Pattern

Weekly Sessions

Mix of lecture and computing sessions
Semester Taught Spring Semester (usually starts in February)
Method of Assessment Written assignment
Pre Requisites Please check suitability of course with module convenor
Module Administrator

Contact School


This module will promote an understanding of the process of conducting a comprehensive systematic review of evidence in order to inform the conduct of health care practice. The module will enable students to:

  • critically discuss the role of systematic review within the context of evidence translation, transfer, utilisation and generation and the evidence based health care movement;
  • explore the use of systematic reviews to explore issues relating to the appropriateness, meaningfulness, feasibility, effectiveness and costs of health care interventions;
  • frame an appropriate review question and develop a review protocol relevant to their own area of practice;
  • develop approaches to design an appropriate search strategy
  • critically explore the processes of assessment of methodological quality, data extraction and data synthesis for a range of health related research;
  • critically discuss the available frameworks for the systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research and the process of meta analysis and meta synthesis;
  • critically discuss the use of a range of evidence, including narrative opinion and text in the process of systematic review.
Please note, this is an interdisciplinary module that is open to students from across the social sciences. If you have any doubts about whether the course is suitable for your needs or level of study, please contact a module convenor before registering.

Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Programmes

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