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Online Degree / Healthcare
  • University of Edinburgh

MSc Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors

Build your expertise and learn how to improve the reliability and safety of healthcare systems and processes. Earn an online master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh to fast-track your career in specialist healthcare and healthcare management.

  • Level

    Masters Degree
  • Duration

    3 Years Part-time
  • Language

  • Total Tuition Fee


MSc Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 3 Years Part-time

  • Total tuition fee


    Become an expert in patient safety with the University of Edinburgh

    Are you a healthcare professional looking to gain expertise in patient safety and healthcare systems?

    On this online degree from the University of Edinburgh, you’ll explore the relationship between patient safety, human clinical factors, and ergonomics.

    Learning from the teaching material of a global network of industry experts, you’ll begin to look at the measures needed to improve healthcare safety and quality of care, focusing primarily on the effects of good teamwork and quality improvement research and methodologies.

    Join an online community of healthcare professionals

    As an online degree, you’ll be able to earn credit courses and complete a research project from wherever you are, making it a suitable choice for professionals who are unable to study on-campus.

    You’ll join a thriving and supportive international community of graduate healthcare professionals and practitioners.

    What skills will you learn?

    • Safety assessment
    • Quality improvement methodologies
    • Research skills
    • Policy evaluation
    • Communication skills
    • Teamwork

    The entry requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year are as follows:

    • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline.
    • We will also consider your application if you have other professional qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

    English language requirements

    • Non-native English speaker will need one the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
    • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
    • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
    • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
    • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
    • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

    The aim of this degree is to encourage you to examine how safety in healthcare can be improved, building on the current state of patient safety and quality of care.

    By the end of the degree, you will:

    • demonstrate an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of the current background and principal theories regarding the extent of and causes of harm in healthcare, reliability, patient safety, and human factors.
    • be able to put into practice the applied knowledge, skills and understanding by planning and executing a significant project of research, investigation, or development.
    • have developed the necessary skills to deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data and information.
    • recognise contributing factors towards adverse events and use this knowledge to inform improvement plans and learning at a local and organisational level. This includes audit/M&M meetings and duty of candour, as well as ethics.
    • have highly developed communication skills, and be able to communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of expertise.
    • gain a wide range of routine skills and a range of advanced and specialised skills as appropriate to Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors.
    • be able to exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities. You will demonstrate leadership and initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking.
    • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the chosen research topic. You will identify, conceptualise, and offer original and creative insights into novel information and/or recently published data.
    • produce a written critique of a defined piece of research, as well as demonstrate originality and creativity in the development and application of new knowledge, understanding, and practices.

    With this diverse skill-set, you’ll be prepared to take on specialist and management roles in a number of healthcare paths including nursing, paramedic science, veterinary medicine, anaesthesiology, and more.

    MSc Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 3 Years Part-time

  • Total tuition fee


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