MSc in EBHC Teaching and Education

Course details

The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care Teaching and Education is designed to help professionals improve their knowledge and application of the skills directly related to their roles as research-informed educators of Evidence-Based Health Care.

The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care Teaching and Education will position you to integrate theory and research evidence, critical reflection and principles of design, assessment and evaluation in planning and delivering effective education in evidence-based medicine and health care. It can be taken part-time alongside work commitments, generally over two to four years.

This is a joint programme between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education. The programme is led by staff from the renowned Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford.

This programme has teachers and contributors who are internationally recognised leaders in the field of evidence-based health care, research-led teaching and experts in medical education and research. The flexible structure of the course has been devised to suit people studying alongside professional commitments and to accommodate student choice.

Please watch a webinar delivered by David Nunan introducing the MSc. 

Watch the video below for more information about the Programme and the student experience:

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Programme details

The MSc in EBHC Teaching and Education is a part-time course. There are four compulsory modules, two option modules and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules

Option modules (two must be chosen)

A module is run over an eight week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).

Online modules are delivered entirely through a Virtual Learning Environment with the first week allocated to introductory activities. There are then a number of  units to work through which are released week by week (starting on the dates advertised), you then have five weeks of personal study with use of a revision forum and then you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).

Assessment methods

Assessment for each module will be based on a written assignment, which shall not be of more than 4,000 words. Students for the MSc will also be required to complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Course Director. The dissertation should not normally exceed 15,000 words.

To complete the MSc students must:

  • Attend and complete the 4 compulsory modules and 2 option modules
  • Complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Course Director. The dissertation should normally not exceed 15,000 words.
  • Attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners

Course aims

The aims of the course are for you to:

  • continue your professional development as educators, support the professional development of others, and to play a leading role in furthering education in evidence-based health care
  • foster your leadership in the teaching and education of evidence-based health care throughout the health professional education continuum
  • enable you to develop your teaching role in clinical and educational settings, including the use of educational technologies and online/virtual environments
  • teach core concepts of evidence-based health care including research methods, critical appraisal, biostatistics, and translational science effectively and with confidence
  • undertake effective course design and evaluation in evidence-based health care
  • broaden and deepen your knowledge of relevant theoretical frameworks and educational research evidence
  • inform practice with the best available evidence regarding effective methods and approaches to education in evidence-based health care
  • develop skills to undertake rigorous evaluation of educational interventions including evidence syntheses and small-scale research studies contributing to the evidence-base for effective education in evidence-based health care

Who should apply

Successful applicants should:

  • have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field.
  • identify a work-based problem for which they will be seeking evidence.
  • be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-  based and critically reflective educational principles within the workplace.
  • have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration).
  • show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.
  • show evidence of access to opportunities to deliver teaching and education activities including delivery, assessment and/or evaluations during their study on their course.

Fees and funding

Fee rates for the academic year 2022-23*

*Rates for 2023/24 to be confirmed

These rates (in pounds sterling) are for students joining in the 2022-23 academic year and will increase annually.

The annual award fee is due for every academic year (or part-year) attended; module or dissertation fees are due in advance as invoiced. Fees must be paid in accordance with the Terms and Conditions for the programme.

  • Annual award fee: £7,125
  • Module fees: £2,165 (per taught module)
  • Dissertation fee: £6,495 (equivalent to 3 module fees)

Illustration for full programme (completing in three years, with six taught modules and a dissertation):

  • 3 annual award fees: £21,375*
  • plus 6 module fees: £12,990*
  • plus dissertation fee: £6,495*

Total = £40,860*


  1. The fee rates listed are for the academic year shown, and you should be aware that these rates will increase annually.
  2. The Illustration is based on the fee rates for the academic year shown; however, fee rates for attendance in future years will increase, so students attending for more than one year should expect the total to be higher than is shown in the Illustration. The exact amount will depend on the fee rates set annually, and upon the years you are in attendance; these are normally published well before the start of each academic year, but for your own budgetary purposes you may wish to estimate a 5% annual increase on fee rates.
  3. Funding: Eligible applications completed before the January deadline will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Fund Scholarship.  


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on the Fees and Funding page.

How to apply

Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website includes further information about this course and a guide to applying

Early application for the programme is advised. Applications which have not been fully completed before the application deadline cannot be considered, so please ensure any applications are received by us in good time so that we may advise of missing or incorrectly completed elements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to telephone interview, and asked to provide evidence of their funding for the programme.

Applications open on 1st September 2021 for entry in October 2022.  To see if this course is still open for applications for admission please visit the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. Courses with a green admission status are open for applications, amber means the course will be closing at 12 noon on the following Friday and red means it has closed to new applications.

For further information on applying, please refer to the Application Guide. Please read our Terms and Conditions before submitting your application. If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact:

Frazer Mackenzie (Course Manager)
Tel: +44 (0)1865 270453 - Email:



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