Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis

Tuesday 5th November 2024 - Thursday 14th November 2024 (see below for exact dates and times)

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About the course

The aim of this popular online course is to provide participants with an understanding of the processes and methods for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis in health care. The course will include tips and techniques for managing the systematic review process efficiently.

Sessions will be delivered by SCHARR staff experienced in systematic review methods and health technology assessment. The course will be interactive and practical, with delivery of sessions based on lectures and individual and small group practical exercises.

Feedback from previous attendees:

"Presenters were excellent."

"Useful content that covers all stages of a systematic review."

"It's an excellent course and provides a wealth of knowledge."

Who will benefit from the course?

The course covers contemporary methods and practices for undertaking and reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses in health. The course will benefit people involved in undertaking systematic reviews, and professionals who need to develop the ability to interpret and assess the quality of systematic reviews.  The course is also suitable for:

  • Clinicians wanting to undertake their own systematic review
  • PhD students with a significant review component to their thesis
  • Members of academic systematic review teams
  • Pharmaceutical companies and consultancies requiring an understanding of review methods

No previous knowledge of systematic reviews or meta-analysis is assumed.

This course is relevant to anyone involved in systematic reviews. If you are specifically interested in qualitative evidence synthesis only, please see our ESQUIRE course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to

  • identify the key stages of the systematic review process
  • define a review question and understand how to develop a review protocol
  • describe methods for identifying sources of evidence for systematic reviews
  • develop a search strategy to identify relevant studies for a specific review question and understand how to conduct a literature search
  • be aware of contemporary methods and technologies for reference and review management
  • apply inclusion criteria to identify relevant studies
  • undertake risk of bias assessment of primary evidence using appropriate, contemporary methods
  • develop a data extraction form and extract relevant outcomes from reported studies
  • select appropriate methods of evidence synthesis and be able to describe and summarise key results
  • be familiar with statistical methods for analysis of quantitative data
  • undertake a pairwise meta-analysis
  • understand potential sources of heterogeneity between included studies
  • apply efficient methods and technologies for reference and review management
  • be familiar with good practice in reporting of systematic reviews
  • undertake a risk of bias assessment of a systematic review using appropriate, contemporary methods


Dates and times

This course is delivered online via the University of Sheffield Blackboard platform.  It takes place over the course of four days across two consecutive weeks. 

In addition to the live sessions there will also be a series of short, self-directed practical exercises for delegates to undertake outside of the live sessions. 

Day 1: Tuesday 5th November 2024 12.30pm - 4pm (GMT)
Day 2: Thursday 7th November 2024 10.15am - 4.30pm (GMT)
Day 3: Tuesday 12th November 2024 10.15am - 4pm (GMT)
Day 4: Thursday 14th November 2024 12.45pm - 3.45pm (GMT)

NB:  You must be able to attend all the above sessions to complete the course.


The fee for this course is £599 per person.

Current UOS Staff/Students

Current University of Sheffield staff and students are eligible to book at a reduced rate of £539. An active email address is required to book at this reduced rate.

Please see Booking and payment section for further details.

 All fees are VAT exempt.

Booking and payment

This course generally reaches full capacity before the closing date, so early booking is advised. 

Payment can be made via credit / debit card or PayPal.  

Non-University of Sheffield applicants - If your employer is paying your fees and they require an invoice, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking. 

Current University of Sheffield staff and students – If you would prefer to be invoiced or to pay via an internal transfer, a purchase order will be required before you make your booking.  Please contact your department administrator or finance team for help with this.

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Course delivery and requirements

This course will be delivered using the University's 'Blackboard' platform. In addition to the live sessions there will also be a series of short, self-directed practical exercises for delegates to undertake in their own time.

NHS staff - important note: We are aware of issues caused by NHS firewalls.  We recommend registering with an alternative/non-NHS email and using a non-NHS device when attending the course if possible. Thank you *


  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or laptop
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB headset)
  • Mouse 
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
  • Ability to access Google applications (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Sheets).

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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