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)
- 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.
- 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Access to superb facilities and working in a cross-disciplinary team has been highly motivating and given me an excellent understanding of bench to bedside research. I have been fortunate to work with colleagues from all over Europe and I have been involved in multi-centre clinical projects."
Subject: Cardiovascular Science, Faculty: Population Health Sciences
"UCL is highly central and a focus for other academics. Close collaboration across the three main universities with medical schools is excellent and London is a destination for many international visitors, which increases the sense of academic community in my discipline."
Professor Neil Marlow
Professor of Neonatal Medicine
Subject: Women's Health, Faculty: Population Health Sciences