PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate) Healthcare Improvement

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This programme is subject to approval

New programme for 2021

Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate)
Programme length One year part-time (distance learning only)
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
This programme is only offered part-time by distance learning through a blend of self-guided study and real time tutorials and discussions.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

This innovative distance learning programme aims to create a new generation of healthcare professionals who are able to understand, critically analyse and provide solutions for the challenges faced by health systems and healthcare organisations in the 21st century. It aims to equip you with the skills to manage the changes required to meet those challenges.

Designed for those with an interest in pursuing a career in promoting, developing and delivering healthcare improvement initiatives, you will currently be working in a variety of professional backgrounds, as doctors, nurses, managers, in systems design and other health professions.

The programme draws on the knowledge of leading University of Bristol academics from across disciplines and healthcare experts from industry. As part of the Faculty of Health Sciences and under Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals, the programme benefits from research excellence in health service provision.

As such, it provides a comprehensive research-driven theoretical framework, along with practice-oriented knowledge and skills in patient safety, risk management, human factors and quality improvement healthcare initiatives.

There will be the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of strategies to establish a culture of organisational learning, focusing on continued proactive improvement of healthcare delivery. You will be challenged to incorporate a number of healthcare-related themes - leadership, simulation education, patient safety, innovation, team training and quality improvement - into a unified approach to deliver sustainable change. You will also have the opportunity to a pursue project relevant to healthcare improvement, where possible applying your learning to your own place of work.

This online programme is delivered through a blend of recorded lectures, activities and web-based tutorials and discussions. Through collaborative learning environments, you will have the opportunity to network and learn from peers from a variety of healthcare backgrounds. You will also have the chance to participate in real time discussions and presentations. Distance learning offers you the flexibility to study in your own environment from anywhere in the world, allowing you to manage your own time and resources efficiently whatever your personal and professional commitments.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: part-time
£5,340
Overseas (including EU): part-time
£9,510
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: part-time
£5,715

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2021/22

Funding is sometimes available through organisation sponsorship, or more commonly through a combination of individual and organisation funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Improvement comprises three units. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Improvement.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a relevant professional qualification and be in full-time or part-time professional employment in a healthcare organisation.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

A qualification in healthcare improvement prepares you for managing change in any setting, but particularly in healthcare.

Many healthcare professionals have clinical careers and continue to balance a clinical and academic career as clinical academics. Some combine their clinical career with dedicated roles in patient safety, risk management and quality improvement, while others use their qualification to critically evaluate their practice and the service they deliver, identify ways to improve it and implement sustainable change.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2021 for International applicants. 19 August 2021 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Get in touch

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: Centre for Health Sciences Education

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

REF 2014 results

  • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care:
  • 50% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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