PG Cert includes the following modules/courses

  • Module 1 – Improvement in practice (designed and delivered by expert staff from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the NIHR CLAHRC NWL) 
  • Module 2 – Health policy 
  • Module 3 – The social impact of patient safety 
  • Module 4 – Human factors and organisations

PG Dip includes the following modules/courses

  • Modules 1-4 (from PG Cert)
  • Module 5 – Innovation in healthcare (delivered by Professor The Lord Ara Darzi)
  • Module 6 – Decision-making
  • Module 7 – Safer systems (designed and delivered by expert staff from a leading US-based university) 
  • Module 8 – Leadership

MSc includes the following modules/courses

  • Modules 1-8 (from PG Dip) 
  • Independent research project resulting in a dissertation (can be undertaken at the student’s workplace, if appropriate)


Teaching is delivered on a part-time basis in four blocks of two-week, face-to-face sessions. Students will have access to module handbooks, outlining any necessary pre-work or pre-reading, prior to teaching and will be expected to complete module assignments after teaching. Module handbooks will be administered electronically, and students will receive iPad Mini’s as part of enrolling in the programme.

In addition to the above modules, all students will have access to self-taught, on-line introductory module, which aims to build a basic background in patient safety. Lastly, interwoven throughout teaching are instructions related to research methods, which provides ongoing support for students in undertaking an academic research project.

  • Students enrolled in the PG Cert can normally expect to finish the programme in 8 months.
  • Students enrolled in the PG Dip can normally expect to finish the programme in 19 months.
  • Students enrolled in the MSc can normally expect to finish the programme in 24 months.

Imperial's part-time PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc in Patient Safety. Timetable for the 2017 intake.