University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Systematic Reviews in Health (Distance Learning)

This course is designed for busy health care professionals, such as nurses, doctors, and professionals allied to medicine, who are keen to obtain a postgraduate qualification in a flexible, timely manner through distance learning study. The course materials are available throughout your registration period. The course has been developed in collaboration with Cochrane, which is recognised as world-leading in systematic review methodology. The majority of the interactive learning materials that form part of the teaching materials were developed and extensively piloted through joint funding by Cochrane and the University of Portsmouth.

Entry requirements

A lower second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Introduction to systematic reviews; extraction, appraisal and synthesis.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

You will follow a work plan that will guide you through the online materials, including videos and scenario based challenges. The materials have been written for this course by experts in the area, including the course team, who have all conducted and published systematic reviews/protocols themselves. You will be provided with a personal tutor to support your learning.

How are you assessed?

There are two assessments for each unit:

1)online assessment through multiple choice and open answer questions
2)a critical report
Throughout the course and embedded across the two units, you will have an opportunity for formative assessment through a number of online activities, self-assessment quizzes and, worksheet activities. Online tutorials and discussion boards will help you to assess your understanding, exchange ideas and deepen your knowledge of the topic.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Distance learning (full-time) February 2017 - 1 years
PgCert Distance learning February 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team - Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 5550