Quantitative Evidence Synthesis
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 and Health Sciences only. This course is part of the M&HS Faculty Training Programme and N-trans training programme, which are convened by Researcher Academy. 

A short, interactive lecture style (with case scenarios) course comprising 2 parts:

Part 1: Conventional meta-analysis
Part 2: Network and IPD meta-analysis

Participants will be expected to undertake some pre-course reading (2 papers).

Course Description

Systematic review is a method to systematically search, critically appraise and adequately synthesise evidence for a specific question of interest. This course will provide an introduction to Systematic Reviews of quantitative research. If you are undertaking qualitative research, you may wish to attend Qualitative Systematic Reviews

 To give an overview of the techniques involved in undertaking a quantitative systematic review. 

Learning outcomes

Part 1: Conventional meta-analysis

  • Define meta-analysis
  • Identify a topic for meta-analysis
  • Search, select and assess the studies
  • Analyse data
  • Interpret the results

Part 2: Network and IPD meta-analysis

You may also be interested to attend
Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Approaches to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

Systematic Review: Literature searching

Please note, there is an online version of this course. To view the online course description, visit https://training.nottingham.ac.uk/Guests/GuestCourse.aspx?CourseRef=MHSSYSW&dates=

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 pg-training@nottingham.ac.uk. 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.


Pre-Requisites Prerequisites: Participants will be expected to undertake a pre-course reading task.
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