School of Health Sciences

Evaluation and Research Development in Health Sciences

Completion of this course will enable participants to develop research skills, knowledge and critical appraisal skills to apply these to research and study development.

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Course code PHRS4021
Target students

Registered healthcare professionals, specifically aimed at physiotherapists but would be relevant for any healthcare professional working within this speciality.

Credits 20
Academic level



29 September - 1 December 2021


£944.44 (home students) £2,222.22 (international students)



This course considers a critical and philosophical review of the forms of evidence that underpin professional practice in health and social care. The rationale and evidence for evidence-based practice will be analysed and its impact on practice evaluated, including an examination of the barriers to using evidence in practice. The course will consider a range of research areas:

  • The principles of critical, narrative and systematic literature review;
  • Issues in the application of clinical guidelines and protocols;
  • Techniques for auditing/evaluating services and policies;
  • The process of generating evidence through empirical research;
  • Qualitative and quantitative research paradigms and methods.

Course learning outcomes

  • Development of advancing levels of knowledge, critical appraisal and research skills.
  • Understand and be able to critically evaluate a range of research methodologies and how these apply to the development of a research study including consideration of philosophical and ethical aspects of research.
  • Synthesise knowledge and principles of research governance and ethics and how this applies to study design.
  • Development of reflexivity and clinical reasoning in applying research findings to practice.
  • Develop effective verbal and written communication skills to critically present research and effectively disseminate research findings.

How you will learn

The course offers a range of teaching methods including lecture engagement (live streamed and recorded sessions), clinical skills, guided online study, tutorials and independent learning.  

Total student activity: 200 hours


Course dates

29 September 2021  
6, 13, 20, 27 October 2021
3, 10, 12, 17, 24, 26 November 2021   
1 December 2021


Ways to apply for this course

When applying through MyNottingham please search and select ‘Health Sciences – No Award’ and enter the Module Code and Title of your chosen module in the Personal Statement section of the application form.


Study at postgraduate level and add 20 credits to your learning record.



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School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559