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Innovation and Improvement Science

Harnessing research and innovation to improve healthcare organisation and delivery. Navigate your way to a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters.

About the Programme

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

You may also make a claim for credit for prior learning to gain exemptions from some modules by undertaking the module .

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.

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Key Facts

Programme Content

To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you will study a range of modules including those below plus two optional modules.

Assessment Methods

The assessment methods vary, and may include coursework, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentation.

The Diploma and MSc includes the following:

  • Work-based enquiry methods for investigating innovations and improvement projects
  • Work-based innovation and improvement projects, varying in size and scope
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"I now understand Improvement as a science with an evidence base and its value. I feel proud of its history and feel that I can justify my role in terms of benefits to patients." Jane O'Neill, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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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.


For fees information, please visit our Course Fees page.

Start Dates

We are recruiting now for start dates throughout the year. To discover more about the programme, please make an enquiry.


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