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Research Statistics & Evidence Based Practice (Standalone 10 credit module)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 12 weeks (distance / e-Learning)

Module Aims

This e-Learning standalone Masters level module on Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice is appropriate for different healthcare professionals working in any clinical areas.

On completion of the module a student will be able to:

The aim is to offer an academic overview of the main research and statistics topics so that healthcare professionals are able to appraise evidence appropriately for application to practice. It does not provide a step by step guide on how undertake specific statistical tests but teaches why certain tests are used and how results should be interpreted.

Module Description

The Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice module is a 12 week stand alone (10 credits) masters (M) level e-Learning module. The module aims to provide the student with the knowledge and the skills to study M level, within the research process and how to critically evaluate, synthesise and reflect on research and research findings, in relation to practice. The module is an ideal course for someone thinking about doing an MSc, wanting to undertake research and/or thinking about service developments and justifying them.

The emphasis is on:

The content includes:

This is an e-Learning module with an integrated method of teaching and a range of different media to present key knowledge. The nature of e-Learning means that the module can be studied and completed at the students pace and allows flexibility to fit in with working in clinical practice.

Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desktop / laptop / tablet), smart phones and iPads; via a dedicated Learning Central application (downloadable from the Apple App. Store).

Teaching and Assessment

The e-Learning aspect of the module means you do not have to attend any lectures and all teaching is online via Learning Central.

Communication with the module team/module cohort is facilitated through discussion board forums in which students are encouraged to communicate with the module team about any specific queries and questions. The course team offer support Monday-Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums.

The method of assessment is online via a continuous 12 week assessment (with a two week introductory block). There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes. The method of assessment is completion of MCQs which relate to the module content. The MCQs are available to complete throughout the 10 week assessment period (plus a two week introductory block). The module team recommend that students spend approximately 10 hours a week on their module assessment.

To prevent the student feeling isolated, there are discussion boards where students can interact with each other and the module team (who access them daily) for help and advice in developing their assessment. If students experience any personal problems whilst studying the team are also available to discuss anything in confidence by telephone.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this module please access the following Cardiff University web page here.

On the right hand side of the screen there are links to the application form and referee report form to be used. Please note that applicants MUST apply on paper following the instructions on the Cardiff University site. You cannot apply via the online application service - so please follow the instructions for postgraduate paper based applications. Please ensure that upon completing the application where it asks for the proposed programme title that you write, ‘Research Statistics and Evidence Based Practice – MET500’ – ensuring that you specify which intake you are applying for.

In order to undertake the module the applicant must have constant and reliable broadband internet access and have basic computer literacy skills. The IT knowledge or ability required to undertake the module is by no means advanced but applicants must be comfortable with using the internet and Microsoft Word at a basic level and with this method of learning (e-Learning).

Please contact School for next intake details.

Please contact the module team for further information on:

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

N.B: All students applying for the course must be in relevant paid employment.

With your application you must provide two references and copies of your academic and professional degree certificates. You are able to fax references and documents directly to me in the course team if you wish, rather than sending them via the Admissions team however the paper application form must be sent via the address on the application form (Postgraduate Admission – Cardiff University) as it must be allocated an application number upon receipt. The course fax number is +44(0)29 2074 3412. Alternatively you may email scanned images to this email address. If you have any further questions please get in touch.

Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements including the English Language requirements*. Please see our English language requirments webpages for further information:

*Applicants who do not meet the qualification criteria listed under the English language requirements in the above link should contact the course team to discuss whether alternative evidence of English language competence may be sufficient (e.g. evidence of successful completion of a first or subsequent degree entirely in the medium of English, for a minimum of one year).

Please note that students should have taken the IELTS no more than two years before the proposed date of entry to the University. For more information, please visit

Please note: a deposit of £150 is required before enrolment to the module will be permitted.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
(standalone 10 credit module)
£646 £938
Deposit n/a n/a

Next intake: Occasional throughout the year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Sue Jenkins (Module Leader)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3215 



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