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The NIHR SPCR Evidence Synthesis Working Group (ESWG) is commited to building capacity in the field of systematic reviews through teaching and training.


The Group is offering 2 bursaries,  covering the full course fees of attending a Masters level module from the postgraduate programme in Evidence Based Healthcare at the University of Oxford. The two modules for which bursaries are being offered are:

  • Complex Reviews - which focuses on providing an understanding of the broader forms of evidence synthesis, and their methods, with a particular focus on complex reviews. Such reviews include diagnostic test accuracy reviews, clinical study reports, individual participant data (IPD), reviews of non-randomised data, and qualitative reviews. (Running Mon 25 Jun 2018 to Fri 29 Jun 2018)
  • Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluation - will provide participants with a firm grounding in realist review (or synthesis) and realist evaluation. The approaches are theory driven – developing structurally coherent explanations of interventions and test these against empirical data. (Running in November 2018)

The bursaries are particularly aimed at early- to mid-career researchers based within the 9 members of the SPCR (they do not necessarily have to be existing members of the ESWG). Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they plan to use the training provided and how this fits with their future development and research plans.

Interested applicants should complete and submit this form by 16 March, 2018.

Applications will be judged by the SPCR ESWG training leads and applicants will be informed of the outcome by 3 April 2018, to take up their place on the module in the same year.

For any queries about the bursary please email or

To find out more about the EBHC program visit MSc in EBHC and the MSc in Systematic Reviews


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