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Patient Safety & Clinical Human Factors (Online Learning) PgDip

Patient Safety & Clinical Human Factors (Online Learning) PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Legal / Ethical Issues Ergonomics Medical Ethics

Course type


Course Summary

This programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors aims to support any graduate health care professionals (ranging from nurses to surgeons and anaesthetists) in using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes. Applicants for this degree will be looking to distinguish themselves as being experienced in patient safety and, in some may, looking to move towards specialising or taking a management lead in this field. The programme will draw on teaching materials from a global network of enthusiasts. Year One will give a broad introduction into the current state of safety in health care, how harm comes to patients and a detailed understanding of clinical human factors, ergonomics. Year Two will then go from the state of healthcare to look at how we can improve safety in healthcare. This involves examining how good teamwork influences patient outcomes, as well as improving healthcare and medicine management. We will also focus on quality improvement research and methodologies. Assessment of progress is achieved by group work, essays, critical incident reporting, scientific posters and group wiki events. In addition to the core learning in Patient Safety and Clinical human Factors, the programme will allow you to enhance your interpersonal, self-management, IT, team working and project management skills. The programme is delivered in an online environment that provides a dynamic and collaborative learning experience. A graduate of this programme may be looking to develop specific skills in this area within their current position and some may be looking to secure an appointment as a patient safety officer, a position that is increasingly promoted and advertised in the UK. We anticipate that this qualification would not necessarily result in a change in career for graduate health care professionals so much as developing their current role. The demand for individuals with knowledge and skills in teaching and assessing patient safety and quality improvement is growing rapidly.

Different course options

Study mode



2 years

Start date



Introduction to healthcare delivery and what leads to harm (20 Credits) - Core
Individual and team skills (20 Credits) - Core
Clinical Human Factors and ergonomics in Healthcare (20 Credits) - Core
Quality improvement for safer practice (20 Credits) - Core
Training for safety (20 Credits) - Core
Learning from current practice and governance (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in healthcare, with subject areas including medicine, biomedical science or pharmacology/pharmacy, nursing, psychology. Students with relevant work experience will also be considered. Work experience must be in a related scientific area for example hospital or primary care (preferably based around patient safety, quality improvement research) for 3 or more years.

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