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Health and Medical Sciences (Quality, Information & Safety) - PGCert

Course Description

Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Teaching is delivered by specialists in their field and a student advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Degree information

Students explore various facets of healthcare quality with an emphasis on the role of information evidence, regulation and safe practice. They develop insights into the challenges of managing high-quality service delivery change, and confidence to tackle the complex job of improving patient care. Implicit in the selection of modules is the acquisition of skills and knowledge relevant to a student’s day-to-day professional life.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core modules
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice

Optional modules - choose three from the following:
-Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects
-Information Law and Governance
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control
-Litigation, Complaints and Concerns: Raising Clinical Standards
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Quality Improvement in Healthcare
-Research Methods in Healthcare

Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught by full distance learnnig. Other modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected but is primarily via coursework.


The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which chimes with the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, and change management into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.

Increasingly employers are advertising posts with job titles which include the terms 'patient safety', 'risk', 'quality' and 'clinical governance'. This award is aimed at clinical professionals who have taken on a new role in their organisation with a remit for safety and quality or who are seeking to shift their career in this direction. The skills and knowledge acquired from this certificate will assist students in furthering their career in this expanding field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This new specialised Health and Medical Sciences pathway focuses on key topics relating to quality, information and safety, and equips students with the professional skills needed in modern healthcare settings.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to your own circumstances making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a range of modules relating to quality, governance, information and safety, as well as opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

Visit the Health and Medical Sciences (Quality, Information & Safety) - PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A qualification in medicine or one of the other healthcare professions (e.g. MBBS, MPharm, RFHN (Family health nurse), SPGP (Specialist practitioner: General practice nursing); or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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