Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery

Nottingham Systematic Review Course

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Every year the University of Nottingham hosts the popular Nottingham Systematic Review Course.

The Nottingham Systematic Review Course will run Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 June (inclusive) in 2024

 This course qualifies for 24 Royal College of Physicians CPD Points.


Who should attend

All people wishing to undertake reviews of randomised studies.

Course overview

The Nottingham Systematic Review Course is aimed at enabling participants to become proficient in developing and undertaking a Cochrane-style systematic review of interventions. As this is an introductory course, no previous knowledge of systematic reviewing is required.

What makes us different?

This is an intensive hands-on course with a high focus on practical and computer-based learning delivered through demonstrations, guided practical exercises and facilitated tutorials. All course materials are provided in the course folder and electronic format. Experienced tutors and facilitators, expert in their respective fields, are on hand to give you practical and individual advice on undertaking publishable systematic reviews. Please note that you will need to bring you own laptop to work on each day.

No prior knowledge is required, though, to maximise your learning, we ask you to have considered the topic (PICO) of your own review prior to the course, as there is the opportunity to discuss and develop components of your own protocol.

Please note that this course does not cover diagnostic or qualitative methods systematic reviews. Please contact us if you need more information on whether this is the right course for you. 

What will you learn?

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify and clarify their review questions
  • Understand and develop search strategies
  • Manage the results of systematic searches
  • Extract data and assess risk of bias of included studies
  • Understand and carry out syntheses of extracted data
  • Apply the methodology and conduct reviews independently

View speakers and facilitators

For course content enquiries, please e-mail Jun Xia at junxia0816@gmail.com


What previous delegates said about our course:

"This was an outstanding course which has increased my confidence in doing systematic reviews and has also taught me so much about research in general. The speakers were absolutely world class and were clearly so passionate about teaching this subject and making it accessible and enjoyable. I highly recommend the training and feel so inspired by everyone."

"One of the best courses I have ever attended. A vast amount of relevant and comprehensive information conveyed in an efficient and digestible way. Outstanding quality of presenters, organisation excellent and professional. All round top course, thank you."

"I don't think the course would have been as beneficial had it been delivered online.  The face to face approach allowed one on one support during practical sessions as well as the ability to ask real time questions; both of these aspects would have been hindered by online delivery."

"Presenters were knowledgeable and engaging. The course was so well structured - enjoyed the format, the breaks, the ordering of sessions, recapping and ability to ask questions.  I would love to attend future courses!"

Course venue

The Vaughn Parry Williams Pavilion, Highfields Playing Fields, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2PS

Course fees 

Early Bird rate - £975 (10% discount) until 15 April 2024.

Full registration fee for the four days - £1085.

Online bookings are now open

A number of places are available to University of Nottingham postgraduate students, staff, and Academic Clinical Fellows at £865 (20% discount). If this fee bracket applies to you please email MS-NSRC@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk for details of how to pay.

If you would like to register your interest in the 2024 course or have any general enquiries, please email MS-NSRC@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received at least six weeks prior to the course are entitled to a refund minus 20% administration fee of the cost of the booking. We regret but cancellations after this date cannot be refunded. Refunds cannot be made for failure to attend the event though a substitute delegate will be welcomed in your place at any time.

Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery

The University of Nottingham
C Floor, West Block, QMC
Nottingham, NG7 2UH