Courses & seminars
Courses and seminars

The EPPI-Centre provides over 15 years’ experience of conducting reviews, teaching and supporting reviewers, and developing innovative methods for synthesis. In order to inform policy and practice, the EPPI-Centre provides a variety of different types of courses and support, including two MSc programmes:

  • If you are interested in systematic reviewing, research synthesis and use, you may want to consider the MSc in Systematic Reviews for Public Policy and Practice.
  • If you are interested in a broad programme in many aspects of social policy that allows you to follow specialist topics, the MSc in Social Policy and Social Research may be of interest.

MSc in Systematic Reviews for Public Policy and Practice (SRPPP)

Designed to equip you with knowledge and practical skills for synthesising and using all types of research evidence, this programme contains three MSc modules taught by EPPI-Centre tutors. The modules are taught online or as a series of four workshops and can also be taken as short courses without MSc credits:

MSc in Social Policy and Social Research (SPSR)

This programme offers a solid grounding in the theory and practice of social policy and related research methods. There are several distinct pathways structured around a shared core that enable students to follow specialist topics. The programme’s core module is led by EPPI-Centre staff:

Follow the links above for further information about course aims, content, dates, fees and how to book.  

Introduction to systematic reviewing - a one day workshop

We run a workshop introducing the principles, methods and critiques of systematic reviews. On completion participants will:

  • have a basic understanding of the purposes of systematic reviews and their relevance to evidence-informed policy and practice
  • will have discussed a variety of systematic review models
  • have a general overview of the standard stages of a systematic review.

Details of any forthcoming workshops will appear on the website.

Tailored training

We have developed half-day to four day workshops on user-led systematic reviews and synthesising studies of users’ views. Tailored workshops have been provided for organisations including: the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network; the Continuing Professional Development Centre at the University of Oxford; the Department of Social Work; Department for International Development; the European Food Standards Agency; University of Central Lancashire; Government Office for the West Midlands, Birmingham; the Sussex Institute at the University of Sussex; the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR); the London School of Economics (LSE) Health and Social Care; the Ministry of Education, Oslo, Norway; RAU University, Johannesburg, South Africa; SPARK, American University of Beirut; Aarhus University, Denmark; and the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queens University Belfast.

The EPPI-Centre provides centralised resources and support for groups wishing to undertake systematic reviews of research on a range of policy and practice issues. We have supported more than 30 national and international groups undertaking reviews within different topic areas. Click here for more details on tailored training

Events and seminars

Occasionally the EPPI-Centre runs seminars and events of general interest to many of our partners.

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