Patient Safety

Learn from international experts and become a leader in patient safety and quality

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Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration
: 8 months part-time
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma

ECTS: 60 credits
Duration
: 16 months part-time
(including PG Cert)

Master's degree

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration
2 years part-time
(including PG Cert and PG Dip)

Key information

Start date: October 2018
CampusSt Mary's

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry

Institute of Global Health Innovation

Our MSc in Patient Safety is delivered by the Institute of Global Health Innovation.
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Overview

Our degrees in Patient Safety are designed for healthcare professionals, both medical and managerial, to provide a basis for the fundamentals of patient safety pratices. This course is designed to help students become leaders in patient safety and quality.

You can expect to gain deep understanding of the factors influencing safety and quality, practical know-how and training in academically-rigorous approaches to design and evaluate solutions. An emphasis is placed on translation and leadership, bringing together theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of how to make sustainable changes.

The programmes offer access to a world-class faculty, including expert teaching staff from renewed international organisations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the US and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the UK.IHI and NIHR logos

Through exposure to internationally-renowned teaching staff and blended-learning methods, students are equipped with the tools to tackle challenges and evaluate solutions arising from healthcare's ever-changing landscape. 

Study programme

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.

Having successfully completed the PG Cert, you can return in later years to complete either the PG Diploma or MSc as long as the PG Diploma is completed within four years of registering for the PG Certificate and the MSc is completed within five years of registering for the PG Certificate. 

  • The Postgraduate Certificate focuses on quality improvement, how safety is contextualised in the health and health policy ecosystem, its social impact and the role of human factors.
  • The Postgraduate Diploma expands on knowledge and skills instilled in the Postgraduate Certificate by further introducing topics such as the innovation lifecycle and managing innovation, decision-making, the system engineering approach to improve safety, and leadership.
  • Lastly, the MSc will be a distillation of all taught concepts with the development of a research project based in one of the many areas of patient safety.

MSc students may be able to carry out their research project in their own place of work. This will allow them to embed the knowledge and skills they have learned into their own area of practice.

Is this programme for you?

The programme is designed to provide a solid foundation for those who work in patient safety and quality. You gain theoretical understanding, practical know-how and training in academically rigorous approaches to solving patient safety and quality challenges.

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Careers

We expect graduates of the programme to be well-placed to advance in a range of directions. Safety and quality are becoming increasingly important topics in the national dialogue of health systems, including the NHS.

This is further compounded by tightening national budgets. As such, individuals who can demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to patient safety lapses and the know-how of how to address them are increasingly valued by employers.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Module 1: Improvement in Practice
  • Module 2: Health Systems and Policy in Developed and Developing Countries
  • Module 3: Social Impact of Patient Safety
  • Module 4: Human Factors in Organisations

Module 1 has been designed and is delivered by expert staff from the National Institute for Health Research and Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Postgraduate Diploma

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Module 5: Innovation
  • Module 6: Decision Making
  • Module 7: Safer Systems
  • Module 8: Leadership

You must have completed the PG Cert modules in addition to the modules above in order to complete with the PG Dip.

Master of Science (MSc)

If you progress to the MSc you will undertake an independent research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff. You will benefit from one-to-one meetings with your supervisor.

  • Research project

You can complete your research project in your place of work, where appropriate.

You must have completed the PG Cert and Dip modules in addition to the research project in order to complete with an MSc.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Group discussions
  • Lectures
  • Practical workshops
  • Seminars
  • Site visits

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Research project report

Self-directed learning will be required to build on the week of face-to-face teaching to develop a full understanding of the intricacies of the subjects involved. To do this, material will be provided as a basis for further learning.

There are a number of case studies and group work throughout the programme, which are not formally assessed, but which will allow you to receive feedback from group leaders and your peers.

Part-time study

Teaching is delivered on a part-time basis in four blocks of two-week, face-to-face sessions. You have access to module handbooks, outlining any necessary pre-work or pre-reading prior to teaching, and will be expected to complete module assignments after teaching.

In addition to the above modules, all students will have access to a self-taught on-line introductory module, which aims to build a basic background in patient safety.

Lastly, interwoven throughout teaching are instructions related to research methods, which provides ongoing support for students in undertaking an academic research project.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £6,900
Postgraduate Diploma £4,140
MSc £2,760
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Consequently, if on successful completion of the PG Cert, you choose to progress to the next level (PG Dip), the tuition fee for the PG Dip may be higher than the fee listed here – which is for students starting the PG Dip in 2018. All students must apply to the PG Certificate in the first instance.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan for this course from the UK government because the loan is only available for the MSc and it is not possible to apply for the MSc as a standalone qualification in the first instance.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £16,250
Postgraduate Diploma £9,750
MSc £6,500
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Consequently, if on successful completion of the PG Cert, you choose to progress to the next level (PG Dip), the tuition fee for the PG Dip may be higher than the fee listed here – which is for students starting the PG Dip in 2018. All students must apply to the PG Certificate in the first instance.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan for this course from the UK government because the loan is only available for the MSc and it is not possible to apply for the MSc as a standalone qualification in the first instance.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least an MBBS or 2.1 UK Honour's degree in a healthcare related subject or policy/ management related subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level of study leads to a separate qualification:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert) – entry point for all students
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc – highest level of study

You must successfully pass each stage of study before you can progress to the level above.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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