MSc Human Factors and Patient Safety*
This course is delivered through distance learning, making it suitable for those working in clinical or leadership healthcare roles in the UK or internationally. You study part-time or full-time, with the flexibility to engage with the interactive learning materials at a time suitable to you.
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The content of the course reflects contemporary issues in human factors and patient safety theory, including the exploration of human-centric design, understanding systems that contribute to mistakes, team effectiveness and dynamics. The course equips you with opportunities to use a range of tools and techniques to explore why errors occur.
In a global society where digital technology is rapidly developing, the impact this has on reliable and safe healthcare features as part of the course.
Supporting information for applicants
You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s course.
Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.
How you learn
The course is entirely on-line so there will be engagement with Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and different strategies will be used:
- Recorded key lectures
The assessments also range in type and include on-line presentation.
How you are assessed
The transition to master’s level study is embedded in the first core module, which is formally assessed. All material is available through the virtual learning environment. Summative assessments include poster presentations, written assignments, contribution to written commentary as well as a final dissertation.
You should have an honours degree at 2.2 classification or above. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are expected to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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* Subject to University approval