Health and Medical Sciences (Quality, Information & Safety) PG Cert

Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Teaching is delivered by specialists in their field and a Student Advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Mode of study

  • Flexible (1-5 years)

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Application date

  • All applicants: 30 November 2013
  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Students explore various facets of healthcare quality with an emphasis on the role of information evidence, regulation and safe practice. They develop insights into the challenges of managing high-quality service delivery change, and confidence to tackle the complex job of improving patient care. Implicit in the selection of modules is the acquisition of skills and knowledge relevant to a student’s day-to-day professional life.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This new specialised Health and Medical Sciences pathway focuses on key topics relating to quality, information and safety, and equips students with the professional skills needed in modern healthcare settings.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to your own circumstances making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a range of modules relating to quality, governance, information and safety, as well as opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core Modules

  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice


  • Choose three from the following:
  • Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects
  • Information Law and Governance
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control
  • Litigation, Complaints and Concerns: Raising Clinical Standards
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Research Methods in Healthcare

Teaching and Learning

Some modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. Other modules are taught on campus through lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment is through one examination (in the core module) and coursework.

Further details available on subject website:


Studentships may be available for UK and EU applicants to assist with the payment of fees.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A qualification in medicine or one of the other healthcare professions (e.g. MBBS, MPharm, RFHN (Family health nurse), SPGP (Specialist practitioner: General practice nursing); or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Applicants are advised to contact the Programme Director to discuss their choice of modules before submitting their application. There are two entry points a year: September and January. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those seeking a January entry should apply by 30 November 2013.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for clinicians (doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals), and managers engaged in active clinical practice or in the management or support of health service delivery. The flexible nature of the programme makes it ideal for continuing professional development and/or continuing medical education.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Health and Medical Sciences (QI&E) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Health and Medical Sciences (QI&E) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which chimes with the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, and change management into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.


Increasingly employers are advertising posts with job titles which include the terms 'patient safety', 'risk', 'quality' and 'clinical governance'. This award is aimed at clinical professionals who have taken on a new role in their organisation with a remit for safety and quality or who are seeking to shift their career in this direction. The skills and knowledge acquired from this certificate will assist students in furthering their career in this expanding field.

Next steps


Ms Espy Rodrigues

T: +44 (0)20 3549 5300


Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

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