Systematic reviews and meta-analysis

Third-cycle level | 3.0 credits | Course code: SM00099
VT 2021
Study period: 2021-03-22 - 2021-04-02
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2020-10-01 - 2020-10-21

Course description

Decisions in healthcare and policy depend on the highest available evidence. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses rank highest in the evidence hierarchy in informing such important decisions. Over the last decade, their use in different fields of inquiry has rapidly grown in length and breadth.

In this course, participants will be taken through the rudiments of conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, covering all stages of the review process, including question formulation, study identification, data extraction, quality appraisal, meta-analysis, and many more. Tutoring is participatory, with hands-on practical sessions that allow participants to implement the skills learned. The course is suitable for postgraduate students from any field of research.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

Admitted to PhD studies.


Selection is performed according to the following:

  1. PhD student at Sahlgrenska Academy,
  2. PhD students enrolled at another university within a formal collaborative agreement on doctoral education with Sahlgrenska Academy,
  3. PhD students enrolled at another faculty at the University of Gothenburg or another university in Sweden,
  4. PhD students enrolled at a university outside Sweden.

Other information

Course coordinator: Bright Nwaru,
Course dates: 22 March - 2 April 2021 (lectures/seminars: 22-26 March)
Number of course places: 7-30

Course syllabus



Institute of Medicine

CONTACTBright Nwaru