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Frequently asked questions about the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme

What is the price difference between credit and non-credit bearing modules?


There is no difference in the price to complete a module as a 'stand-alone' short course for credit, or not-for-credit. However, prices for all courses/modules are set annually and may be subject to change. Please check the current course web pages for up to date details.

Are MSc applicants eligible for Research Council Funding?


Details of funding options can be found at:

What's the difference between the Annual Award Fee, the Module/Course Fee, and the Dissertation Fee?


There is an Annual Award Fee for each year a student is on the course, payment for which is due before the start of the academic year. Modules are invoiced 6-8 weeks before the start of the module. Module fees for programme students are lower than fees for a student attending as a "short course". The Dissertation Fee payment is due shortly before students begin their dissertation for which they have 3 terms to complete. The Dissertation Fee is equivalent to 3 module fees. Full details of prices are on the award web pages.

Is accommodation included in the price of the courses?


No. For more details about residential accommodation options go to:

Can a University Loan be used to fund the course fees?

No. Postgraduate Master’s Loans funded by Student Finance England are not available to students undertaking a part-time modular course with an advertised duration of 2 to 4 years. Please see our website for more information:

Are Award, Course and Dissertation fees the same every year?

No. The prices of our courses are reviewed and updated annually. Full details on the course web pages.

How can I find out if this programme is a good fit for my specific research and career development interests?

Course Content

Contact and your query will be forwarded to the relevant Course Director for advice.

What kind of project do people do for their MSc Dissertation?

Course Content

Examples of dissertation projects:

  • MSc EBHC: A small primary research project or systematic review project.
  • MSc EBHC Systematic Reviews: A systematic review project, including different types of systematic reviews.
  • MSc EBHC Medical Statistics: Analysis of an existing data set (student's own or externally sourced) or methodological research.
  • For more information ask to put you in touch with the Course Director.

Can a short courses completed 'For Credit', count towards a Masters award if enrolled at a later date?

Course Content

Students can request to import a short course taken for academic credit into the MSc  if completed within 2 years of starting the programme.

Can the programme be completed entirely online without attending Oxford?

Mode of delivery

No. A number of  modules on all the programmes include a face to face week in Oxford, as part of the blended module delivery.

Will I have an Oxford Email address for the duration of my studies?

Mode of delivery

Yes, you will have an mailbox and all important information related to your studies will be sent to you at this email address.

How are Courses/Modules assessed?

Mode of delivery

There is one 4,000 word assignment for each module.

What kind of time commitment is required in order to undertake the dissertation element of the MSc programme?

Mode of delivery

Students are allowed 3 terms (one academic year) to complete the dissertation. It is up to the individual student as to how much time they will put into their dissertation, remembering that it is a part-time course and students are able to complete their dissertation while working full-time in most cases.

What are the maximum and minimum number of years the MSc, PgCert, and PgDip programmes can be completed in?

Masters: Minimum 1 year (*fee liability of 2 years, and by exception). Maximum  4 years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PgDip: Minimum 1 year (*fee liability of 2 years) Maximum 3 years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PgCert: Minimum 1 year. Maximum 2 years.

What is the difference between completing a professional short course 'for credit' or 'not for credit'?

Mode of delivery

Students completing a 'stand-alone' short course for academic credit are expected to participate in all aspects of the course and to submit the assignment. Students completing a short course 'not for credit' are expected to participate in the course delivery but do not submit the assignment.

Where can I find the dates when all the modules/ short courses are running?

Mode of delivery

Every course has a webpage which can be found on the Continuing Education website. The dates when courses are running are provided in a dropdown list on each course page.

Can the MSc be completed in one year?

Mode of delivery

Not usually,  but requests may considered by the relevant Course Director. A minimum of 2 annual award fees are still applicable.

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