Harm resulting from unsafe healthcare is one of the ten leading causes of death and disability in the world today. While it seems inherently obvious that patient safety should be at the heart of everything we do in healthcare, the mechanisms for doing so are not always simple.
A sound theoretical knowledge of quality improvement and patient safety will help you to identify and design interventions for change that have the greatest chance of decreasing patient harm, improving patient experience and generating a sustainable positive working environment.
On our MSc, you will learn the practice and theories of healthcare quality and patient safety from our academics, who are leading world-class research in this area, and from experts in quality and safety at our NHS partners. Among the topics you will study are quality improvement methods, the influences on patient safety, methods and knowledge in the discipline of ergonomics and human factors, and the use of data for quality improvement and patient safety. You will also be supported to develop key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, project management and communication.
You can study full-time or part-time, giving you the flexibility to fit study around your existing work commitments, meaning you can enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment. It is, therefore, ideal for healthcare professionals who wish to increase their skills and knowledge of patient safety and healthcare quality.
The teaching is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), where you complete the taught modules without the Dissertation. Alternatively, you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) if you complete three modules, one of which must be 'Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare'.
Modules on this degree are also available as stand-alone CPD courses:
Quality and safety in healthcare modules
Research methods in healthcare modules
A good undergraduate degree (2:1) in a related field of study.
Or an equivalent professional qualification or substantial equivalent experience in a relevant field.
Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have relevant Masters-level (level 7) credits completed during the last three years you may be eligible to apply for credits against your course modules. The maximum accreditation of prior learning is 60 credits for the PGDip and the MSc, and 30 credits for the PGCert. Exemptions are considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.5 in each element. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety
Measuring and Monitoring in Healthcare
Leading, Managing and Organising Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Plus your Dissertation
Choose two option modules from the following:
Fundamentals of Applied Health Research
Quantitative Methods for Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Qualitative Methods in Applied Health Research
Individual modules are also available as stand-alone CPD courses.
UK and EU Students
This is the total course fee.
Starting in September 2021 (full-time or part-time)
PGDip: £6,165 PGCert: £3,085
Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan?
Find out if you're eligible. (MSc only; not available for PGDip or PGCert)
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