Quality and Safety in Healthcare MSc, PGDip, PGCert, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £9,250

International fee £21,515

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

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

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. Learning about quality and patient safety will equip you to lead change in healthcare that can make a real impact on the experiences and outcomes of patients. 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 (PG Dip), where you complete the taught modules without the Dissertation. Alternatively, you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) 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:

Download a prospectus (PDF, 1.2MB)

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in January 2021 (full-time or part-time)

  • MSc: £9,250
  • PGDip: £6,165
  • PGCert: £3,085

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 Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you're eligible. (MSc only; not available for PGDip or PGCert)

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in January 2021 (full-time or part-time)

  • MSc: £21,515

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

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Understanding quality and improvement will enable you to add value to any health care service you work in. This MSc will enable you to deliver tangible change to your environment in a way that inspires others to do the same and create a culture of better patient care. It can contribute to your career by offering skills that are in acknowledged shortage in healthcare.

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.

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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.

Why Leicester?

The University of Leicester has a world-renowned reputation. We are ranked in the top 20 in the world (and the top 5 in the UK) for clinical medicine, according to the 2020 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Our flexible approach allows you to balance study with your professional commitments. Choose to study standalone CPD modules, with the opportunity to build into a PG Cert, PG Dip or MSc.

Learn from the experts. Our experienced, research-active clinical and academic staff will share their expertise, providing you with the knowledge and practical skills to apply your professional life.

The Department of Health Sciences has approximately 140 academic, research, teaching, and support staff and around 100 taught postgraduate students, meaning that you will be supported throughout your time with us.

Teaching and learning

There is a balanced mixture of lectures, seminars and group work. Most modules are taught using a variety of methods in blocks of two teaching days a week for a total of six days per module. When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Assessment includes written assignments (case studies, reports and essays) and presentations.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor for your dissertation exploring a current topic in quality and safety, which will be assessed by a 12,000 word written submission and a presentation.

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