Entry requirements

Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This three year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Explore an in-depth range of simulation-based learning techniques and be equipped with the skills required to plan and conduct your dissertation. Be primed with the advanced knowledge and understanding to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety in your workplace.

  • Your learning journey – this three year masters programme will be delivered part-time following a one day induction event which covers masters level learning, the Managed Learning Environment, library resources and the programme structure, aims and outcomes. The programme will include four taught modules, plus the dissertation, totalling 180 credits.
  • Alternatively, choose to study full time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms. You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.
  • Develop an understanding of the factors involved in quality improvement strategies and their evaluation using outcomes related to patient safety.
  • Explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve quality of patient care. Recent national reports have emphasised the need for widened access to simulation training and the recognition of person-level and system-level human factors in improving patient safety.
  • Undertake a critical study of education and expert practice, change management and innovation.
  • Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
  • Get a variety of hands-on experience – the first module will be delivered at the Horizon Centre, a new innovation, education and research facility at Torbay Hospital. The remaining taught modules will be delivered in the John Bull Building, Plymouth Science Park. Find out more about your teaching locations.
  • Advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and quality improvement and have the opportunities to apply these skills in the clinical environment.
  • Take advantage of our experienced teaching staff drawn from experts in the Plymouth and Torbay NHS trusts and the University, as well as from the higher education sector in the South West region and beyond.
  • Benefit from flexible learning – there are a number of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities relating to this programme where a single module or specific days within a module may be taken independently.
  • Graduate with the skills required to implement simulation effectively into educational programmes, and develop and evaluate evidence-based patient safety strategies in organisations.

On the PgDip this part-time two year postgraduate diploma programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. On successful completion of this award you may choose to progress onto a third year of study towards a masters degree. Be primed with the skills and knowledge of simulation-based learning methods to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36 months

PGDip

part time
24 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk
Phone
01752 437333