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Systematic Review course

An intensive course to introduce you to the necessary skills to complete a systematic review.

Develop an understanding of the systematic review process through this practical and highly interactive course, with a range of discussion, group and hands-on sessions. It is envisaged that participants will come to the course with a research topic and leave with a draft protocol for their systematic review.

Course dates

The next Systematic Review course is scheduled to take place on 15 – 18 April 2024.

This is a virtual course which will comprise of 4 half-day sessions (mornings) that will be tutor led. There will be lots of breaks scheduled  and plenty opportunities for independent study during the afternoons.

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Couse information

This course can be delivered virtually or in person over 4 or 5 days. Sessions are led by a tutor with opportunities for independent study and 1:1 tutor support.

"Very accomplished lecturers, informal style, and high quality content. Practical details – critical appraisal very well taught. Very good food and great for vegetarians."

Course participant, SURE Systematic Review Course

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Postgraduate healthcare researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Librarians and information professionals

Course content

Participants come to the course with a research topic and leave with a draft protocol for their systematic review.

This course covers:

  • introduction to systematic reviews and other types of evidence synthesis
  • developing a protocol
  • literature searching and selection of studies
  • critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research
  • extracting data – developing and adapting forms
  • meta-analysis or narrative synthesis
  • reporting and dissemination of evidence syntheses.


  • Interactive skills development
  • Come with a topic
  • Leave with an outline protocol
  • Tutors with extensive systemic review experience

Course lead

Mala Mann

Mala Mann

Information Specialist/Systematic Reviewer

+44 (0)29 2068 7913

"Combination of lectures and practical exercises. Brilliant engaging teaching staff. Extremely knowledgeable and competent. Good amount of opportunity for discussion and questions. Fielded questions well."

Course participant, SURE Systematic Review Course