PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate) Healthcare Improvement (Online)
- PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate)
This innovative online 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.
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, benefiting from research excellence in health service provision. 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 pursue a 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 live online teaching sessions, recorded content, activities and web-based discussions. Through collaborative learning environments, you will network and learn from peers from a variety of healthcare backgrounds. Online learning offers you the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world, allowing you to manage your own time and resources efficiently whatever your personal and professional commitments.
The Postgraduate Certificate features three taught units. All units are mandatory.
This programme is only offered part-time online through a blend of self-guided study and real-time tutorials and discussions.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our online PG Certificate in Healthcare Improvement.
An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any healthcare subject or discipline, including social work, veterinary and dental qualifications.
Applicants must be in current part-time or full-time employment in the health professions or a health service environment.
For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.
We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have evidence of significant, relevant work experience in the health care sector. If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: part-time
- £6,400 per year
- Overseas: part-time
- £11,300 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Funding for 2024/25
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 and international postgraduate students.
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.