Taught course

Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety

Loughborough University · Loughborough Design School

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant discipline or closely related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PG Certificate Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety provides an insight into human factors, focusing on the promotion of patient safety in the healthcare sector. It also concentrates on investigations relevant to understanding and intervening in these situations, with the view to improving conditions for those exposed.

The programme examines how best to ensure a good fit between people, their actions, the objects they use and the environments which they occupy. You will apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human well-being and overall system performance.

This certificate is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). As the CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, you will be exposed to a range of valuable employment opportunities worldwide

You will benefit from teaching provided by world leading academics, industry experts and specialists in each area to ensure that you are trained to the highest professional standard.

Previous guest speakers for our Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety programme include industry experts from Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce and AMEC, as well as specialists in health and safety, aviation safety, environmental health, health practitioners and experienced lecturers from other Universities.

Our Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre facilities (eg environmental test suite, light and vision labs) enable you to the study of the interaction of people with their physical environment. This is located in a specially built facility close to the main School building.

Who should study this programme?

A unique aspect of our ergonomics and human factors programmes is that the modules are block taught, meaning you will learn over a one-week intensive period of teaching in Loughborough. This flexible approach is suitable for those who wish to work full- or part-time alongside their studies.

Past students have joined us from a wide range of health disciplines and backgrounds, including health sciences, nursing, medical practice, human physiology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 226900