Patient Safety

Learn from international experts and become a leader in patient safety in challenging circumstances

Key information

Duration: 2 years part-time
Start date
October 2021
Campus: St Mary's
ECTS: 90 credits

Subject to College approval

This course and the information on this page are subject to College approval.

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Are you seeking to develop leadership skills in the field of patient safety, exploring and applying innovation to address the challenges faced in delivering high-quality care?

This MSc is a newly-launched online course, aligned with the updated World Health Organisation Patient Safety Curriculum. The course employs engaging online learning, comprising innovative group-working exercises combined with live teaching sessions with world-leading academics. 

This course is well suited for healthcare professionals, managers, policymakers and industry representatives. Our aim is to equip you with the skills to improve patient safety, considering the implications of interdisciplinary working in low-resource settings, responding to global crises and delivering innovation in challenging circumstances, such as international pandemics.

During this course, you will gain insights into the global context of healthcare, drawing upon a broad range of expert perspectives from academia, healthcare and industry. Throughout this programme, you will explore themes including societal impact, equality and diversity, global health innovation, interprofessional practice, safety and sustainability. 

You will learn about the interconnections between health systems, policy, innovation and leadership, exploring how this knowledge can be translated and applied through a research study you’ll complete to address a patient safety challenge. You’ll benefit from access to an international network of leading healthcare professionals, whose expertise you can draw on to develop your ideas further and implement into your practice.

Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to consider your own practice, recognising that even in well-developed health systems, affecting change is demanding.

Applying for this course

We're expecting this course to be fully approved by the College soon. Until then, this course and the information on this page are still subject to College approval.

Please check back for the latest information about this course including tuition fees.


Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes


Year 1

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Improvement in Practice
  • Health Systems and Policy
  • Social Impact of Patient Safety
  • Safer Systems

Year 2

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Innovation in Healthcare
  • Decision Making
  • Human Factors in Organisations
  • Leadership
  • Dissertation

Teaching and assessment


The programme is delivered through a series of online activities. These will include:

  • Readings
  • Facilitated asynchronous discussions
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars

Key concepts are elucidated with short explanatory videos and podcasts featuring leading academics, experienced healthcare practitioners and influential industry leaders. 

Reading lists consisting of essential and additional reading are provided to explore key concepts relating to patient safety. 


  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Reflective improvement journal
  • Dissertation

A reflective improvement journal is used in each module to explore how you are applying your learning from the programme to develop your practice in the workplace.

Presentations are used throughout the programme to enable you to demonstrate your understanding and illustrate the application of key concepts.

Essays and reports relevant to the content areas are used in some modules.

To obtain the MSc, you will be required to submit a dissertation.

Part-time study

Teaching is delivered on a part-time basis, with each module running over an 8-10 week period in Year 1 and part of Year 2. The dissertation module is undertaken over the course of Year 2.

Events, tasters and talks

Find out more about studying at Imperial by meeting us at a virtual event. From webinars and study fairs to drop-ins and open days. Join us throughout the year for a range of events.

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Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.


Minimum requirements

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a healthcare related subject, or a policy/management related subject, or medical degree or equivalent (or a comparable qualification recognised by the College)

Non-academic requirements

Three years relevant work experience in a healthcare, policy, or safety environment.

Admissions Test/Interview

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements above but who have substantial relevant industry experience may be admitted following completion of a ‘Special Qualifying Exam’ (SQE).

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can usually choose up to two courses.

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

There is no application fee for Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs. The fee for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School is £135. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

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Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Fees for this course

We expect this course to be fully approved by the College soon. Until then, the fees for this course and information on this page are still subject to College approval.

Fees information will be updated as soon as this course is approved. Please check back here for more information.

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