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Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Science Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Do you work in the health sector? Is there an aspect of your workplace that you would like to improve but need extra support and training to manage this? Would you like to ensure the changes and improvements are sustained in the longer term?

Our MSc in Improvement Science is a work-based learning course designed for experienced healthcare staff, both in the UK and internationally. It will help you develop your knowledge of the latest methodologies in healthcare and provide training and support so you can make a positive impact within your place of work.

The course is delivered by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London, specialists in improvement science.

Course detail

This course is designed to develop practical research skills and knowledge that you can use in your professional employment role and workplace setting. You will study improvement science methodology and theory as you work so that you can directly put into practice what you learn, as you learn.

The course focuses on:

understanding care from the perspective of patients and carers, through engaging patients and communities with the design and development of care

using rapid-cycle research, improvement methodologies and careful evaluation of clinical and cost effectiveness to bring research more rapidly into practice

adopting an industrial standard of quality in the NHS through applying evidence-based research to support evidence-based practice
increasing staff capacity to bring about change and improvements across professional and organisational boundaries

This is a part-time course and you will generally study three modules a year. These will be spread over the academic year, as we recognise that you will be working full-time alongside studying for this qualification.

Study & career progression

Once you have completed your MSc, you can put your expertise and knowledge into practice. You will have the right skillset to deliver improvements in complex healthcare contexts, including in areas under financial constraints.

Having completed a work-based learning project during your degree you will have first-hand knowledge of how to improve patient care, in line with organisational priorities, and you will have the skills to implement positive change within your own role and encourage colleagues and peers to do likewise.

Professionals with an independent, proactive and problem-solving attitude who have a broad knowledge base are highly sought-after in the workplace and valued by employers.


The NHS exists within a political context and its staff and patients are facing the consequences of political decisions daily. This course will enable experienced staff working in healthcare environments to: build knowledge about the current political context; build capacity to anticipate and respond to future political and economic pressures; increase awareness and recognition of the major changes currently underway in healthcare; develop an understanding of what policy is, and how policy changes can impact an improvement project; develop creative problem solving using improvement methods, in response to economic and political pressures.
Leading and Sustaining Improvement - Core
Improvement Project - Core
Evidence based Implementation of Improvement Methods - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Students may be funded by their employer or fund themselves. We are no longer accepting International applications for February and June 2023. We welcome applications for September 2023 entry.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Students may be funded by their employer or fund themselves.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need: to be based in a healthcare setting; to hold a degree in a relevant subject; to be recognised as a as competent and capable carer by the organisation you work for. You should also have an idea of how to improve your healthcare service/setting. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements please contact the course leader who will be able to assist you.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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