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Quality and Safety in Healthcare PgCert

Quality and Safety in Healthcare PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Care Quality Control Health & Safety: Specific Industries / Occupations

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you want to improve your knowledge of the theory and practice of improving quality and safety in healthcare, in an institution renowned for its world-leading research in this area. The course offers a sound grounding in research methods, practice and theory in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety as well as developing key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, project management and communication.

Assessment is by a variety of methods including oral presentations, written assignments (case studies, reports and essays) and activities via the virtual learning tool. This course is designed to help you in your existing work where that involves ensuring and promoting quality and safety in healthcare. It can also contribute to your career development by offering skills that are in acknowledged shortage in the health service, and which align with nationally recognised NHS criteria for promotion and job profiling. On completion this course leads to PGDip in Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leicester | 6 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


6 months

Start date



This module aims to provide health and social researchers with the tools to find and assess applied health research and to use it in service delivery, health services management or policy development. The module also prepares students to conduct research in health or social contexts. You will examine the fundamental principles underpinning research to improve health and social care. We will examine how research findings can be accessed, apprised and synthesised, how to progress a research idea into an answerable question and how to choose the most appropriate methodology to address it. You will also learn about how patient and public involvement can contribute to research at all its stages and how to recognise ethical and governance issues arising from research within health and social care.

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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a good undergraduate degree (2:1) in a related field of study or an equivalent professional qualification or substantial equivalent experience in a relevant field. If they have relevant Masters-level (level 7) credits completed during the last three years they may be eligible to apply for credits against their course modules. The maximum accreditation of prior learning is 60 credits for the PGDip and the MSc, and 30 credits for the PGCert. Exemptions are considered on a case by case basis.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more

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