Critical Appraisal of scientific literature 1 (non-clinical)
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience: Postgraduate Research Students and Research Staff in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences only.

This course is part of the M&HS Faculty Training Programme/N-trans training programme and is convened by Researcher Academy.

This workshop is an interactive 2 hour session with tutor-led delivery and discussions. Case study papers will be discussed and critiqued during the session.


You will be sent, to your University email address, the case study papers at least 1 week in advance of the session. You should allocate time to familiarise yourself with the text in advance of the session. If you have not received the emails 5 working days before the course date please email 

Follow on coursework (optional)

The workshop has optional coursework associated, where an additional 2 credits can be achieved. Please register separately for the coursework under Critical Analysis of Scientific literature - coursework - credits will be awarded on submission of the coursework to your supervisor.

This course begins with a session in which students are given a background to concepts of critical analysis, and a structured introduction to the principles of how to critically appraise a scientific paper.

To help you to read and critically appraise published information.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
  • identify those elements that should be present in a good paper
  • assess whether the experimental method was appropriate
  • know whether the methods of analysis used were appropriate
  • judge whether the conclusions drawn were appropriate to the results
  • know how to assign significance to different publication

Related courses

M&HS Faculty Training Programme/N-trans
Critical Appraisal of the Scientific Literature (Clinical-focus)
Critical Analysis of Scientific literature - coursework
Systematic Reviews

Researcher Academy- Researcher development programme 
Introduction to the Literature review Process (online moderated course)

Course dates for 2019/20 will be published in early October 2019.  If there are no dates listed below then the instance(s) of the course has (have) already taken place for 2019/20 academic year.

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.


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