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Health and Medical Sciences (Quality, Information and 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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Part time: 1 year
Flexible: 1-5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£3,330 (FT) N/A (PT)
£7,925 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

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.

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

Optional modules

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 taught by full distance learnnig. Other 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. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected but is primarily via coursework.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Health and Medical Sciences (Quality, Information and Safety) PG Cert


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

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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.

Why 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.

Department: Institute of Health Informatics

Student / staff numbers › 19 staff including 11 postdocs › 102 taught students › 24 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Health Informatics
Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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