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.
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.
Modules on this degree are also available as stand-alone CPD courses:
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 three modules, one of which must be 'Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare'.
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 September 2021 (full-time or part-time)
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
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.
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.
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.
Leicester is prominent in the field of quality and safety in healthcare. Our teaching 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.
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
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.