Public Health

Systematic Review

Systematic Review

Level 7, 10 credits

Course aim

Through participation in this module students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake a rigorous systematic review. At the end of the module participants will be able to develop a protocol for, and effectively plan, a systematic review. They will identify and manage evidence for use in a systematic review; and critically analyse methods and identify appropriate tools for appraising study quality in systematic reviews.

Systematic reviews are commonly used to inform policy and decision-making about the impact of public health, health and social care interventions. The module can be taken by anybody from any discipline who wants to increase their skill set in this methodology. The focus will be on application of the systematic review methods to a chosen field of investigation.

Course length

This is a 10 credit course with approximately 20 hours of timetabled activity.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £38.35 per credit.


The course is delivered at LJMU and attendance at all sessions is highly desirable and advisory. Additional learning resources will be accessible via the University Canvas VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) site.

Course content

This module provides a complete guide and hands on approach to developing a research question and learning the methods and key processes involved in completing a systematic review. Systematic review is a cross cutting methodology which can be used in a variety of disciplines and through interdisciplinary collaboration.  

The syllabus includes:  

  • What are systematic reviews?
  • Making sense of systematic reviews
  • Developing a review question
  • Starting a systematic review
  • PICO and other tools
  • Finding studies for systematic review
  • Conducting a systematic literature search
  • Reference management and screening
  • Introduction to assessing study quality
  • Data extraction and introduction to evidence synthesis
  • Methods of evidence synthesis
  • Meta-analysis and methods for combining quantitative evidence
  • Exploring other methods of evidence synthesis

Students will be assessed by course work and will be expected to develop a research proposal of 2500 word presented as an illustrated report.

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Students without a degree must provide evidence of equivalent learning gained through work or other educational studies.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.

Study dates

Normally offered in September and January, please contact the Admissions Team for specific dates.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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