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Dissertation Module: Systematic Review of the Literature (NRT080 and HCT180)

The aim of this module is to allow the students to produce a report of a systematic review they have undertaken in a 20,000 word dissertation.

This will provide the opportunity for students to investigate an area of professional practice, demonstrate understanding of the systematic review process and to engage in critical scholarship that is focused on developing evidence based practice.

The student will draw upon many of the critical and analytical skills developed in the previous modules and may make a contribution to service redesign/developments within their area of practice.


The student will produce a report of a systematic review they have undertaken in a 20,000-word dissertation. This will address all the essential aspects of the systematic review process including a protocol which should clearly identify the review question, objectives, background, inclusion and exclusion criteria, scoring review, search review, sources of literature (databases, grey literature etc) expected evidence, critical appraisal techniques, possible techniques for data synthesis, production of practice guidelines.

Module leader

Professor Judith Carrier

Professor Judith Carrier

Personal Chair: Primary Care and Public Health Nursing

+44 (0)29 206 88690

Module dates

October 20214, 5, 11, 12       
November 20219, 23
December 202114
January 202212
February 20229
March 20222

Further information

Module codeNRT080 (full time) and HCT180 (part time)