Innovation and Improvement Science

PgCert

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Part time 12 Months

Overview

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Improvement Science is designed for applicants working in a healthcare context with the scope to undertake innovation and improvement projects.

This work-based 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 the benefit of patients.

The course is designed to focus on key concepts:

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

Students may also make a claim (APL) to gain credits for exemption from some modules.

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.

Course Content

The course structure is outlined below, including core modules and some example optional modules. This programme is extremely flexible to suit your needs. For a full list of the optional modules available see: short courses and modules.

Start dates

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

Please note, applications for this course must be submitted directly to our CETAD team. For more information or to apply please email cetad@lancaster.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

A first degree or equivalent professional qualification.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Fees for 2023/24   Per 10 credit module
UK & International £500

MSc/MA = 180 credits
PGDip = 120 credits
PGCert = 60 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Business people

"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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The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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