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Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety (MSc/Diploma/PG Cert)

Course Description

We are pleased to offer five postgraduate taught programmes in the field of ergonomics and human factors. These programmes are awarded separate qualifications but share many core modules.

This interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning means that you benefit from teaching provided by our specialist experts in each area ensuring that you are trained to the highest professional standard. This streamed approach also provides a greater degree of knowledge and information sharing across the different aspects of ergonomics and human factors.

A key feature of our programmes is the way in which we deliver them. Each module is taught over a one week intensive period in Loughborough, these are also known as block taught modules. Outside of this time, you will be expected to complete prepared programme materials and assignments using email and the internet.

We will give you access to an interactive online system to provide you with additional materials and information. This system also enables you to participate in tutorial type discussions remotely.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/design/human-factors-patient-safety/


MSc programmes comprise of eight taught modules, and the compulsory Project module. The Postgraduate Diploma programmes comprise of eight modules and the Postgraduate Certificate programmes comprise of four modules. The module list is indicative of the modules available across all five programmes.

Taught modules:
- Introduction to Ergonomics*
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Human Function*
- Human Factors and Systems*
- Physical Health at Work
- Human Computer Interaction
- Disability, Ageing & Inclusive Design
- Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety*

*Postgraduate Certificate


Decisions are made on the basis of the application forms and documents provided. Additional materials may be requested, for example further documentary evidence or a piece of written work


Coursework and examinations, and for the MSc, a project report including viva voce.

Careers and further study

Successful completion of these programmes will enable you to become a professional ergonomics / human factors practitioner. The nature of the programmes also opens up possibilities in other scientific and research careers. Recent destinations include: BAE Systems, Systems Engineer; Honda, Ergonomist; Motorola, Human Factors Engineer; and National Health Service, Moving and Handling Specialist.

Scholarships and Sponsorships

This programme is eligible for a number of competitive external scholarship schemes.

Why choose design at Loughborough?

At Loughborough Design School we want to share our world-leading expertise.

Offering eight postgraduate programmes, and a range of research opportunities, the School is proud to be helping to prepare the next generation of designers and ergonomists for highly successful careers.

The School is based within a £21M state-of-the-art building, with a fully equipped ergonomics laboratory based close by. This purpose built building has practical and theoretical teaching and research spaces at its heart, ensuring that you are given a professional and inspirational experience.

- Research
We have a thriving PhD population of around 100 full-time and part time UK, EU and international research students. You will be supervised by staff who are internationally recognised as experts in their field and will have access to the world class facilities you need to complete your studies. If you would rather do an MPhil, then we also offer these full-time or part-time.

- Career prospects
We are proud to say that 100% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. The School has particularly close links with Adidas, Cadbury, Coca Cola, Health and Safety Executive, Department of Health, National Health Service, Help the Aged, Met Office, Ericson, IBM, Nissan, Hewlett Packard, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Ministry of Defence, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, E.ON, O2, and the Department for Transport.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/design/human-factors-patient-safety/

Visit the Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety (MSc/Diploma/PG Cert) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

For the MSc an offer will be made to applicants who hold a first or second class upper UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline or closely related subject. For our Diploma and Certificate Programmes we assess applicants on a case-by-case basis. Our students come from a number of disciplines including: health care, physiotherapy, psychology, anatomy, physiology. industrial design and branches of engineering

Course Fees

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