36 months
5400 GBP/year
3250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Healthcare systems all share one current goal: to deliver safe, high quality care within budget against a backdrop of skill shortages and increasing patient demand. Our MSc Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Plymouth will equip you with the confidence to address these challenges.

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On this MSc Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety  programme at the University of Plymouth  you will develop the knowledge and expertise to analyse healthcare processes, propose evidence-based improvements and to lead implementation within your own workplace setting.

Key Features:

  • Equip yourself to become a leader in healthcare improvement, patient safety, simulation and human factors.
  • Develop expertise that is immediately relevant to practice and undertake assignments geared to projects which you can implement in your own organisation.
  • Experience our diverse faculty drawn from the medical school, the wider University, NHS trusts and external experts in each subject area, including national leads.
  • Enjoy testing out your new-found knowledge in our supportive classroom discussions where we offer the space and time away from the normal working environment to facilitate your personal and intellectual development, whatever your aspirations.
  • Benefit from a blended learning environment with delivery ranging between lectures, seminars, practical systems analysis techniques, simulation-based learning, and supported distance learning. Our academic team are available via a means of telecommunication methods for ongoing support during your studies.
  • Choose between two pathways at the certificate stage: study either simulation and enhanced learning or human factors in healthcare, both of which complement the first module, healthcare improvement and patient safety. Pick up the remaining module at the diploma stage.
  • There are options to take a clinical education, leadership or global health module at the diploma stage for students not wishing to do the dissertation.
  • Available as a full-time or part-time programme.
  • An opportunity for intercalating students to enrol on the full-time route from medical and dental undergraduate courses throughout the UK, provided that they have sufficient credits to continue with a masters (Level 7) qualification. Intercalating students will study alongside postgraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and will benefit from this vibrant educational environment.
  • Each module of this programme may be taken as a stand-alone CPD module, either with academic credits (for those completing the assignment) or attendance only. Please get in touch if this is something that could be useful to you or your colleagues.

Careers with this subject:

Our programme equips you with the vital skills to implement change and improvement within a healthcare system. This expertise together with an appreciation of the leadership techniques required enhances your day-to-day working and provides you with the tools necessary to advance your career, regardless of your professional background.  Our students become part of a network of acknowledged experts in healthcare improvement, patient safety, simulation and human factors that has both regional and national credibility.

Programme Structure


  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement module
  • Simulation and Enhanced Learning
  • Human Factors in Healthcare
  • Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance.
  • If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language
  • We welcome applicants with international qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5400 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    3250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3250 GBP per year during 36 months.

All fees are published per 60 credits. A full MSc represents 180 credits.

Living costs for Plymouth

731 - 1387 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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