Innovation and Improvement Science

PgCert

  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Part time 1 Year

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 (Accreditation of Prior Learning) 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 Master's 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.

Course duration

This programme will take 1-3 academic years to complete

Start dates

We are recruiting now for start dates throughout the year. For more information or to apply please make an enquiry to the CETAD team.

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.

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.

Core

Optional

Fees and funding

Fees for 2024/25 (Per 10 credit module)

Home and International: £500

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

Find more information on course fees and start dates for executive education programmes.

General fees and funding information

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