Patient Safety
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Patient Safety

Develop leadership skills in the field of patient safety, guided by international healthcare experts.

Develop leadership skills in the field of patient safety, guided by international healthcare experts

Learn fully online on an engaging programme that comprises group work exercises and live teaching sessions

Explore how health systems and policies relate to safety and review the latest global health innovations

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a healthcare-related subject, or a policy/management-related subject, or medical degree or equivalent

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Course overview

Gain the leadership skills required to work at the forefront of patient safety on this Master's course.

Guided by experts from academia, healthcare and industry, the programme examines how innovations can address the global challenges involved with delivering high-quality care.

You'll explore how health systems and policies relate to safety, and consider the social impact of harm and systems-based approaches to service improvement.

You'll also consider the implications of interdisciplinary working in low-resource settings, and how innovations play a major role in the response to global crises such as international pandemics.

An extensive research project provides an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the practices that influence patient safety.

Delivered fully online, you'll be taught through a mixture of innovative group-working exercises and live teaching sessions led by world-leading academics.

This programme is aligned with the updated World Health Organisation Patient Safety Curriculum, and is suitable for healthcare professionals, managers, policymakers and industry representatives looking to build expertise in patient safety.

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This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

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You’ll study the following core modules.

Core modules

Propose and carry out a clearly defined research project employing appropriate research methods, concluding in a dissertation.

You'll be expected to demonstrate detailed critical knowledge and understanding of the context and practices that influence patient safety and quality improvement.

The research project will be assessed at four stages with academic supervisors providing input into your methodologies and interpretation of results.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Online learning
  • Independent study

  • 25% Online learning
  • 75% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • A group of people interacting
    Facilitated asynchronous discussions
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Webinars and videos
  • Podcasts
  • Reading lists

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Person making a presentation
  • Reflective improvement journal
  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

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

Tuition fees

Home fee


£7,025 per year

Overseas fee


£11,600 per year

Your future career


Patient safety is of particular interest to healthcare professionals, managers, policymakers, and industry representatives.

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Get access to a network of internationally recognised healthcare professionals who can help you develop your ideas and implement them.


Take part in a global network that transforms current systems and advances independence for all.

Terms and conditions

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You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications