Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma and MSc in Innovation and Improvement Science

Recruiting now for various start dates throughout the year


This course allows you to explore how to make better use of research and innovation to improve ways in which healthcare is organised and delivered for patient benefit.

It is a work-based course, requiring you to identify and implement service improvement projects in your own work context.

The course is designed to focus on key concepts:

  • Improvement science concepts
  • Evidence-based approaches
  • Quality improvement and measurement

The Postgraduate Certificate focuses on the development of key underpinning knowledge and skills. There are progression routes to Postgraduate Diploma and MSc with increased emphasis on bespoke learning related to the delivery of innovation and improvement projects and you can choose from a range of optional modules in line with your specific needs.

Students may also make a claim for credit for prior learning to exempt them from some modules by undertaking the module Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning (RAPL).


Postgraduate Certificate
Postgraduate Diploma/ MSc
  • Work-based enquiry methods for investigating innovations and improvement projects
  • Work-based healthcare innovation and improvement projects, varying in size and scope

Other information

Director of Studies: Paulette Liptrot

Duration: The duration of this part-time course is flexible as it is offered on a modular basis. Students may also make a claim (APL) to gain credits for exemption from some modules.

Entry requirements: Applicants working in a health care context. Usually three years work experience (clinical or nonclinical), which allows for the scope to undertake innovation and improvement projects. All applications require employer/ stakeholder support. For the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc, a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Improvement Science is required.

Assessment: Coursework, including learning contracts, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentation.