This 3-year part-time online MSc programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors aims to support any graduate health care professionals (ranging from nurses to surgeons and anaesthetists) in using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes.
Applicants for this degree will be looking to distinguish themselves as being experienced in patient safety and, in some may, looking to move towards specialising or taking a management lead in this field. The programme will draw on teaching materials from a global network of enthusiasts.
will give a broad introduction into the current state of safety in health care, how harm comes to patients and a detailed understanding of clinical human factors, ergonomics.
will then go from the state of healthcare to look at how we can improve safety in healthcare. This involves examining how good teamwork influences patient outcomes, as well as improving healthcare and medicine management. We will also focus on quality improvement research and methodologies.
will follow the highly successful iterative module used by the Masters in Surgical Sciences, involving submission of a project outline, abstract submission with poster preparation, and completion of a dissertation.
Due to the unique completely online nature of the pedagogy, the programme would be an attractive option for those professionals wishing to secure academic credit or a higher degree in patient safety and who are unable to commit to attend on-campus teaching.
You exit at the end of 1 year with PgCert Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors.
You exit at the end of 2 years with PgDip Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in healthcare, with subject areas including medicine, biomedical science or pharmacology/pharmacy, nursing, psychology.
You application may also be considered if you have relevant work experience; work experience must be in a related scientific area for example hospital or primary care (preferably based around patient safety, quality improvement research) for 3 or more years. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.
Distance and Flexible learning
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Edinburgh Medical School