Quality and Safety in Healthcare MSc

MSc, PGDip, PGCert, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if you want to improve your knowledge of the theory and practice of improving quality and safety in healthcare, in an institution renowned for its world-leading research in this area.

Course Description

This degree covers both theoretical and practical aspects of healthcare quality and patient safety. The teaching will draw on the internationally renowned research of the SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality & Morbidity Studies) research groups as well as other experts at the University of Leicester.

The course offers a sound grounding in research methods, practice and theory in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety as well as developing key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, project management and communication.

Please note: Full-time and part-time versions of the course, starting in September of each year, will be available from September 2017. Before that, a part-time course will start in January 2017.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
Health Sciences
Contact

mscqsh@leicester.ac.uk

Department of Health Sciences website

Why Leicester?

Leicester is prominent in the field of quality and safety in healthcare; the programme draws on the internationally renowned research of the SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality & Morbidity Studies) research groups as well as other experts at the University of Leicester.

The Department of Health Sciences hosts the Leicestershire Improvement, Innovation and Patient Safety (LIIPS) Unit – a unique collaborative endeavour between healthcare and academia that focuses on facilitating improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare.

To allow you to study flexibly while working, the modules on this course are offered as standalone CPD modules, with the opportunity to build into a PGCert, PGDip or MSc.

Course Structure

Modules

Modules

Plus your dissertation

Individual modules are also available as stand-alone CPD courses.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

What's the difference?

You will receive a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) if you complete the taught modules but don't write a dissertation.

You will receive a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) if you complete the first two modules, 'Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare' and 'Patient Safety', plus one other module of your choice (timetabling restrictions may apply).

Teaching and Assessment

Most modules are taught in blocks of two to three teaching days a week for a total of five or six days per module (the 'Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare' module is a double module). Assessment is by a variety of methods including oral presentations, written assignments (case studies, reports and essays) and activities via the virtual learning tool.

You will be allocated a personal tutor as well as a supervisor for your dissertation, which will be assessed by a 12,000 word written submission and an oral presentation.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

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.

 

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.

Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017 (part-time only)

    • MSc: £9,310
    • PGDip: £6,310
    • PGCert: £3,105
    • Individual module: £815

    Starting in September 2017 (full-time or part-time)

    • MSc: £9,730
    • PGDip: £6,490
    • PGCert: £3,245
    • Individual module: TBC

    Deposit

    Due to limited places on our medical sciences, biosciences and psychology courses, if you (or your family) are funding your studies, you will need to pay a deposit of £750 within four weeks of accepting your offer. This will be subtracted from your first tuition fee instalment. You may not need to pay a deposit if you can provide evidence that you are:

    • Applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from the UK Government
    • Applying for another loan to cover the cost of tuition fee
    • Applying for a scholarship of at least 50% of the course fee
    • Receiving sponsorship

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?  (MSc only; not available for PGDip or PGCert)

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017 (part-time only)

    • MSc: £17,465

    Starting in September 2017 (full-time or part-time)

    • MSc: £18,250

    The PGDip and PGCert are not available to non-EU students.

    Deposit

    Due to limited places on our medical sciences, biosciences and psychology courses, if you (or your family) are funding your studies, you will need to pay a deposit of £1,500 within four weeks of accepting your offer. This will be subtracted from your first tuition fee instalment. You may not need to pay a deposit if you can provide evidence that you are:

    • Applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from the UK Government
    • Applying for another loan to cover the cost of tuition fee
    • Applying for a scholarship of at least 50% of the course fee
    • Receiving sponsorship 
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to help you in your existing work where that involves ensuring and promoting quality and safety in healthcare. It can also contribute to your career development by offering skills that are in acknowledged shortage in the health service, and which align with nationally recognised NHS criteria for promotion and job profiling.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Attendance Start Dates Availability
Quality and Safety in Healthcare MSc 1 year, full-time Full-time September each year Apply Now
Quality and Safety in Healthcare MSc 2 years, part-time Part-time September each year Apply Now
Quality and Safety in Healthcare PGDip 1 year, full-time Part-time September each year Apply Now
Quality and Safety in Healthcare PGDip 2 years, part-time Part-time September each year Apply Now
Quality and Safety in Healthcare PGCert 6 months, full-time Full-time September each year Apply Now
Quality and Safety in Healthcare PGCert 1 year, part-time Part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Qualification
MSc
Duration
1 year, full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Qualification
MSc
Duration
2 years, part-time
Attendance
Part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Qualification
PGDip
Duration
1 year, full-time
Attendance
Part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Qualification
PGDip
Duration
2 years, part-time
Attendance
Part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
6 months, full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
1 year, part-time
Attendance
Part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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