This programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first year of a 1+3 PhD training programme.
The core modules and some of the optional modules can now be taken completely online
Course leader: Rebecca Rees
The MSc in Systematic Reviews for Public Policy and Practice* will equip you with conceptual and practical skills for conducting and appraising systematic reviews and evaluating the potential for and implementation of evidence-informed policy. The course is designed for graduates and experienced policy-makers, practitioners, managers and researchers wanting to become skilled in systematic reviewing, with a critical understanding of the relationships between research evidence and public, policy and practice decisions. On successful completion of the course, you will be able to conduct and appraise systematic reviews, understand knowledge exchange and plan and evaluate participative methods for developing policy or conducting research.
Students will be encouraged to build their studies around their own areas of interest. These could relate to social welfare, education, crime and justice, transport, health and health promotion, housing, or any other areas of social policy or practice.
You will study empirical research, practical examples and theory so as to cover a broad range of approaches to synthesis, models of research use, research questions, study types and types of data. The course can be taken over one year full-time, or part-time over two years and there are various start dates throughout the year.
ESRC training pathway
Find out about the Evidence for Public Policy and Practice ESRC training pathway, available for entry for 2016/17. Studentships are available for 1+3, with the scope ranging across the social sciences and public policy.
*The MSc was previously known as 'Research for Public Policy and Practice'.