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Course Overview

This course will equip students with the relevant skills to interpret and conduct systematic reviews on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

Students will learn to formulate a clear research question and understand the principles and main steps for undertaking systematic reviews. In particular, they will learn how:

i)              to develop an adequate search strategy;

ii)             to critically appraise primary studies;

iii)           to extract data from primary studies;

iv)           to identify the main sources of heterogeneity among primary studies;

v)            to analyse findings from primary studies;

vi)           to interpret results;

vii)         to assess the quality of existing systematic reviews.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Dr Amudha Poobalan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will be delivered through lectures/seminars and practical workshops. It will cover topics on defining a research question, developing criteria for including studies, literature searching, data extraction and risk of bias assessment, data analysis (including meta-analysis), interpreting and reporting results.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University week s 26 - 27
  • 2 Computer Practicals during University week 30
  • 2 Lectures during University week s 25, 28 - 29, 31 - 33
  • 1 Lecture during University week s 26 - 27

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Summative Assessments

Multiple choice test (40%) and a systematic review report (60%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback will be provided by one face to face session after the MCQ test to prepare students for the report, and using rubrics on myAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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