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Oxford University Gazette, 8 May 2008: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where applicable, of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by the Medical Sciences Board and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 23 May.

Medical Sciences Board and Continuing Education Board

(a) Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-based Health Care

With effect from 1 October 2008

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1027, delete ll. 5–43 and substitute:

'Evidence-based Health Care

1. The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Candidates must follow for at least three and at most nine terms a part- time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Evidence-Based Health Care, which shall normally take place over a period of no more than four years. The postgraduate certificate is only available to students admitted for the degree of M.Sc in Evidence Based Health Care.

3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at both of the modules listed in the Schedule A (below);

(b) attendance at one of the modules listed in the Schedule B (below);

(c) three written assignments, usually of no more than 5,000 words, one on each of the modules from 3 (a) and 3 (b) above; The assessed work set out in clause 3(c) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate.

6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the three assignments under 3(c) may be permitted, normally within one year of the original failure, to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts they have failed on not more than one occasion for each assignment without being required to repeat attendance at the relevant module or modules under 3 (a) and/or 3 (b).

7. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted, in exceptional circumstances, from attendance at one module under 3 (a) or 3 (b) and from submitting the associated assignment required under 3 (c) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.

Schedule A

M1: Practice of EBHC

M2: Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Schedule B

M3: Evidence-Based Change

M4: Clinical Epidemiology

M5: Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening

M6: Systematic Reviews

M7: Randomised Control Trials

M8: Further Practical Statistics

M9: Patient-Based Evidence

M10: Ethics in Health Care

M11: Qualitative Research Methods

M12: Evidence-Based Dentistry

M13: Statistics for Health Researchers

Any other module as defined by the Programme Director and approved by the Standing Committee.'


(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-based Health Care

With effect from 1 October 2008

In Examination Regulations, 2007, delete from p. 1034, l. 24, to p. 1035, l. 34 and substitute:

'Evidence-based Health Care

1. The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Candidates must follow for at least three and at most nine terms a part- time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Evidence-Based Health Care, which shall normally take place over a period of no more than four years. The postgraduate diploma is only available to students admitted for the degree of M.Sc in Evidence Based Health Care.

3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at both of the modules listed in the Schedule A (below);

(b) attendance at four of the modules listed in the Schedule B (below);

(c) six written assignments, usually of no more than 5,000 words, one on each of the modules from 3 (a) and 3 (b) above;

The assessed work set out in clause 3 (c) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma.

6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the six assignments under 3 (c) may be permitted, normally within one year of the original failure, to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts they have failed on not more than one occasion for each assignment without being required to repeat attendance at the relevant module or modules under 3 (a) and/or 3 (b).

7. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted, in exceptional circumstances, from attendance at a module under 3 (a) or 3 (b) and from submitting an assignment required under 3(c) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.

Schedule A

M1: Practice of EBHC

M2: Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Schedule B

M3: Evidence-Based Change

M4: Clinical Epidemiology

M5: Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening

M6: Systematic Reviews

M7: Randomised Control Trials

M8: Further Practical Statistics

M9: Patient-Based Evidence

M10: Ethics in Health Care

M11: Qualitative Research Methods

M12: Evidence-Based Dentistry

M13: Statistics for Health Researchers

Any other module as defined by the Programme Director and approved by the Standing Committee.'


(c) M.Sc in Evidence-based Health Care

With effect from 1 October 2008

In Examination Regulations, 2007, delete from p. 749, l. 34, to p. 751, l. 32 and substitute:

'Evidence-based Health Care

1. The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Every candidate must follow for at least three and at most twelve terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Evidence-Based Health Care, which shall normally take place over a period of no more than six years.

3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at both of the modules listed in the Schedule A (below);

(b) attendance at four of the modules listed in the Schedule B (below);

(c) six written assignments, usually of no more than 5,000 words, one on each of the modules from 3 (a) and 3 (b) above;

(d) a dissertation of not more than 30,000 words (including appendices and footnotes but excluding bibliography), on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the Standing Committee.

The assessed work set out in clause 3 (c) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates. The dissertation set out in clause 3 (d) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

4. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the M.Sc.

6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the six assignments under 3 (c) may be permitted, normally within one year of the original failure, to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts they have failed on not more than one occasion for each assignment without being required to repeat attendance at the relevant module or modules under 3 (a) and/or 3 (b). Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners under 3 (d) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

7. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted, in exceptional circumstances, from attendance at a module under 3 (a) or 3 (b) and from submitting an assignment required under 3 (c) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.

Schedule A

M1: Practice of EBHC

M2: Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Schedule B

M3: Evidence-Based Change

M4: Clinical Epidemiology

M5: Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening

M6: Systematic Reviews

M7: Randomised Control Trials

M8: Further Practical Statistics

M9: Patient-Based Evidence

M10: Ethics in Health Care

M11: Qualitative Research Methods

M12: Evidence-Based Dentistry

M13: Statistics for Health Researchers

Any other module as defined by the Programme Director and approved by the Standing Committee.'

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