Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Patient Safety

University of Oxford

12 months
8165 GBP/year
1730 GBP/year
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As a healthcare professional taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety at the University of Oxford, you will gain a deeper understanding of quality improvement and systems changes to create better patient outcomes.


The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) is a part-time course for healthcare professionals, offered by the Department for Continuing Education in collaboration with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. It can be completed in one year (though two years is possible), and consists of three modules, each a week long and taught in Oxford. The department provides online support and e-Library access for distance learning on either side of the Oxford weeks.

The PGCert in Patient Safety at the University of Oxford is designed to provide an understanding of:

  • the basic science behind quality improvement methods
  • the techniques for implementing, sustaining and measuring systems change
  • the techniques for exploring and evaluating the effect of different approaches to improving safety in healthcare.

There is a growing evidence base that quality improvement and human factors-based projects in healthcare have real impact on clinical outcomes for patients. The University of Oxford has a strong research base in patient safety, and this course benefits from the researchers’ intensive collaboration with clinicians.

Programme Structure

You will attend two core modules and one option module. The core modules are:

  • Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis
  • Human Factors, Teamwork and Communication

Your option module is chosen from:

  • Leadership and Management in Health Care
  • Becoming a Clinical Educator
  • Healthcare Innovation and Technology

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications may remain open after this deadline if places are still available


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in an appropriate subject.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA we seek is 3.5 out of 4.0.
  • If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8165 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8165 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1730 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1730 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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